Daily Report

Nov. 10, 2014

US Airpower Hits Khorasan Group Again

For the first time since the opening days of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the Defense Department announced additional strikes on elements of the Khorasan Group. DOD officials said USAF B-1 bombers, remotely piloted aircraft, and F-16 fighters participated...

NATO Extends Enhanced Baltic Air Policing

NATO will continue its bulked-up Baltic Air Policing sending a fresh rotation of fighters to both Estonia and Lithuania, after the current rotations end in early 2015, alliance officials announced. “Today’s Baltic Air Policing mission requires both high readiness and...

First Female C-17 Aircraft Commander Retires

Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Debi Rieflin, the first female C-17 aircraft commander, retired Oct. 27 after 31 years in the Air Force and 21 years in the C-17’s cockpit, according to a JB Charleston, S.C., release. In 1983 when...

More Griffins, Please

The Air Force awarded Raytheon a $32.5 million contract for Griffin A and B air-to-surface missiles with $85.5 million in potential options under an indefinite quantity/delivery arrangement, the company announced Nov. 7. The 33-pound aft-firing AGM-176A Griffin missile is employed...

NATO Secretary General Visits Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Afghan commandos on Nov. 6 that NATO will continue to support them even after the Dec. 31 International Security Assistance Force mission ends, according to a Pentagon release. “We will begin a new training,...

STRATCOM Enhancing Australian Cooperation

US Strategic Command officials discussed deeper cooperation with Australia on ballistic missile defense, space operations, and cyber capabilities during a visit to Canberra, Australia, Nov. 5. “This visit reaffirms the strength of the US-Australian alliance, its strategic importance to regional...

DOD, NCAA Form Alliance to Fight Concussions

The Defense Department and the NCAA are partnering in a $30 million initiative to combat concussions, the Pentagon announced Nov. 7. The initiative will look at ways to improve prevention, protection, and treatment of concussions in athletics, during military training,...