Daily Report

March 7, 2016

Second Pegasus Takes Flight

The second KC-46A completed its first flight on March 2, taking off from Paine Field, Wash., and landing near Seattle. “Adding a second tanker to the flight test program is very important as we move into the next phase of...

Unfunded Priorities

The Air Force on Friday released part of its $7.2 billion unfunded priorities list, of which about $691 million would go toward buying the five F-35As that were deferred in its Fiscal 2017 budget request. In addition, $88 million would...

Graham Questions Legality of Possible Trump Orders

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is asking Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford for answers to questions raised by Donald Trump’s statements during the Republican presidential debate Thursday evening. Trump said the military would follow his...

US-Israeli Exercise Tests David’s Sling

The massive Juniper Cobra 2016 exercise, a US-Israel air defense drill, concluded March 3. The drill ended just two days after Israel’s Defense Ministry announced it would be enhancing the capabilities of David’s Sling, a system designed to handle Russian-...

US Must Maintain Space Dominance

The United States’ leadership in space is not guaranteed, and four key issues require “immediate attention” to prevent the US from falling behind, a coalition of 13 space organizations said in a white paper released Friday. Budget uncertainty, international competition,...

Iraqi Airstrikes on ISIS

The Iraqi Air Force has taken the lead in battles against ISIS, supporting an advance near the town of Baiji. Iraqi F-16s and attack helicopters on March 1-2 helped troops reclaim territory in the area, north of Tikrit. The coalition...

Iraqi Forces Moving at Their Own Pace

Coalition forces are trying to speed up the Iraqi advance on the ISIS-held town of Mosul, including offering additional air support that has been rejected in previous offensives. The Iraqi advance on the city is moving at “the Iraqi pace,”...

Hanscom to House Nuke C2 Directorate

The Air Force will base a new program office for nuclear command and control at Hanscom AFB, Mass. The Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Integration Directorate and Program Executive Officer will oversee the acquisition and integration of programs that handle...

Another Step Toward Improved VTOL Aircraft

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract for p?hase two of its Vertical Takeoff and Landing Experimental Plane program, known as VTOL X-Plane, the agency announced. “Just when we thought it had all been...

Dover C-5Ms Temporarily Relocate to Jersey

Dover Air Force Base’s fleet of C-5M Super Galaxies, along with its support airmen and equipment, has ?moved to JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., until August, because of a runway construction project at the Delaware base, according to a 436th Airlift Wing...