Daily Report

March 30, 2017

The High Cost of the Pilot Shortage

The Air Force closed out Fiscal 2016 short a total of 1,211 fighter pilots, which amounted to a $12 billion capital loss, the service’s manpower chief said on Wednesday. “It should be noted that the cost to train a fifth...

The Air Force’s Low Aircraft Availability Rates

Across nearly all of its combat and mobility aircraft, the Air Force is failing to meet aircraft availability standards, according to data the service recently provided to Congress. “The Air Force has a challenge in aircraft availability, and we are...

Votel: Iran is Greatest Threat to Middle East

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of US Central Command, told Congress Wednesday “Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to security in this part of the world.” In delivering that assessment to the House Armed Services Committee, Votel pointed to “a...

CENTCOM Boss Says ROEs Have Not Changed

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, told Congress Wednesday, “we have not relaxed the rules of engagement” in the campaign against ISIS, despite unusually heavy civilian casualties alleged as a result of a March 17 airstrike in...

US Service Member Dies in Syria of Natural Causes

A US service member died of “suspected natural causes” on March 29 in Syria, US Central Command announced Wednesday. The name and service of the military member was not released, and there was no other information provided in a CENTCOM...

Senate May Put Defense Supplemental on Hold

As the possibility of another government shutdown looms, the Senate may put a $30 billion supplemental defense spending bill on hold in order to pass an omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. “I think that the best way to...

Boeing’s In on T-X

Boeing submitted its proposal for the Air Force’s T-X advanced pilot training system on Tuesday, two days ahead of the deadline, company program manager Ted Torgerson told reporters during a company teleconference Wednesday. The 90 days of preparation since the...

Florida Reservists Deploy for Greece Exercise

Twelve F-16Cs and Reserve airmen from the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead ARB, Fla., deployed to Greece for a NATO exercise. The airmen and aircraft are flying in exercise Iniohos 17 at Andravida Air Base, a Hellenic Air Force-led large-scale...

Delaware C-130s Wrap Up Poland Deployment

Delaware Air National Guard C-130s and airmen this week wrapped up an almost month-long training deployment to Poland. The airmen and aircraft with the 166th Airlift Wing participated in bilateral training with the Polish Air Force during Aviation Detachment 17-2...