Daily Report

June 17, 2013

Upholding Red Lines

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said the military’s degraded readiness may prohibit the United States from successfully upholding red lines in relation to the ongoing conflict in Syria. McKeon’s comments came in response to the White...

Syria About-Face

More than two years after civil war broke out in Syria, the Obama Administration has conducted an about-face, saying it now plans to arm rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. “The President has been clear that the use of...

House Approves Defense Policy Measure

The House on Friday approved H.R. 1960, its version of the 2014 defense authorization bill, by a voice vote of 315-108. The legislation authorizes $527 billion in base funding and $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations funds—a $2.7 billion decrease...

Think Fast, Chief Says

The Air Force is likely to make a push in hypersonics to keep ahead of potential adversaries closing the gap in both technology and numbers, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told the Daily Report last week. “Speed really compresses...

Back to the Beginning

After Afghanistan, the Air Force will go back to a rotational deployment schedule much like the pre-9/11 Air and Space Expeditionary Force construct, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in an interview with the Daily Report last week. “Our...

Navy Offers Airplane-Building Advice to USAF

The Navy has three times as many airplane projects in production or on the drawing board as the Air Force, and it’s because of rigorous and painstaking efforts to reduce costs, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said. Speaking with defense writers...

GAO Upholds Air Force’s LAS Decision

The Government Accountability Office validated the Air Force’s decision to award the Light Air Support contract to Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security on June 13 , denying a protest by rival contractor Beechcraft Defense Company.”The...

Neubauer Tapped as USAF Safety Chief

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has tapped Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer to serve as the Air Force chief of safety and commander of the Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Neubauer currently serves as the...

Boeing Awarded Contract for More Ospreys

Naval Air Systems Command has awarded the Bell Boeing V-22 program a five-year contract for the production and delivery of 99 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, including seven CV-22 models for the Air Force and 92 MV-22s for the Marine Corps, according...

Hollywood Helps Connect Air Force with Public

The Air Force’s relationship with Hollywood is helping the service connect with the public, according to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The museum, located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is home to several aircraft that have found...