Daily Report

June 14, 2013

F-35 No Longer the Problem Child

The F-35 program has made “major advances” over the last three years and is no longer “one of my ‘problem programs,’” Pentagon acquisition, technology and logistics chief Frank Kendall said Thursday. Speaking during a teleconference following a multi-day summit with...

House Appropriators Pass Fiscal 2014 Defense Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, clearing the legislation for the House floor. The panel approved the legislation on June 12 by voice vote, according to the committee’s release. The bill provides...

Building Air Coalitions in Jordan

Amman, Jordan After taking a year off, Falcon Air Meet— the annual exercise hosted by the Royal Jordanian Air Force—resumed earlier this week at the country’s Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, about 60 miles east of Amman. A delegation of officials...

Securing the Kingdom from the Air

Amman, Jordan During the course of Jordan’s Falcon Air Meet 2013 both US and Jordanian crews and pilots are taking advantage of the opportunity to train up to mission sets reflective of potential threats and contingencies which could unfold not...

More Details in Controversial Wilkerson Case

A command-directed investigation found that Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, the former inspector general for the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano AB, Italy, “fathered a child as a result of an extra-marital affair.” However, “because the incident occurred more than five...

Hybrid Threats

US Strategic Command boss Gen. Robert Kehler said today’s threats are “hybrid combinations” of strategies, tactics, capabilities, and procedures all coming together based on US adversaries’ objectives. Speaking during a June 12 Capitol Hill address sponsored by AFA, the National...

CSBA Study Calls for New Force Planning Construct

Instead of adding layers to existing planning priorities and guidance, the Defense Department should use the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review to create a new baseline to guide its future force, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic...

689th Combat Communications Wing Inactivates

The 689th Combat Communications Wing furled its colors during an inactivation ceremony at Robins AFB, Ga., on June 12, according to a base release. The inactivation is part of the Air Force’s planned force structure changes included in the President’s...

USAF Implements Phase Two of Rollback Program

The Air Force has implemented the second phase of its Fiscal 2013 force management enlisted date of separation rollback program, which is one of several voluntary and involuntary programs intended to align the force with congressionally mandated end strength levels,...

Clarification

An entry in June 11 Daily Report incorrectly stated that more than 100 technical sergeants in the security forces career field must move into the combat arms training instructor job or the canine handler job or risk getting pushed out...