Daily Report

May 29, 2014

The Bomber Countdown Has Started

The Air Force is within weeks of issuing a final request for proposals for the new Long-Range Strike Bomber and expects to choose a single contractor to build the airplane “nominally in about a year,” service acquisition executive William LaPlante...

Bomber Variants

There will be a number of “variants” of the new Long-Range Strike Bomber, Air Force acquisition executive William LaPlante told Air Force Magazine in an interview. The design chosen will follow an “adaptable strategy” allowing for changes to the aircraft...

Shinseki Under Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tasked Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, to lead a comprehensive review of DOD’s Military Health System, announced Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, according to a May 28 release. “The [90-day] review...

Casting Call

Hartford, Conn. Additive, or “3-D” printing is rapidly becoming the rage in the aerospace industry, and its proponents are suggesting that someday—possibly soon—whole complex mechanical systems will be made using the technique. However, “I think there will always be a...

Awesome Powder

Hartford, Conn. Pratt & Whitney is flying dozens of parts in aircraft engines manufactured through the 3-D printing or “additive” process. Asked how these parts can endure the thermal and dynamic stresses required of aviation parts—when they are laid down...

AFGSC Rolls Out Missileer Cure

Air Force Global Strike Command surveyed airmen across its three missile wings and will adopt 98 percent of the more than 300 recommendations made through the command’s Force Improvement Program, officials announced May 28. Air Force leadership initiated the effort...

Obama Announces Counterterrorism Efforts

President Barack Obama, in his commencement address at the US Military Academy Wednesday, unveiled plans for a new counterterrorism initiative. “I am calling on Congress to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow...

Consolidating Security Forces Training Centers

The 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla., will inactivate on June 6 as part of the Air Force’s continuing effort to consolidate regional training centers. “The consolidation is not a reaction to recent budget cuts,” said Maj....