Daily Report

July 16, 2014

F-35s Can Fly, But Not at Farnborough

The F-35 fleet can return to flying—after a three-week grounding due to an engine fire—but within a restricted envelope, and only after rigorous engine inspections, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday. Specifically, the F-35s are limited to speed...

Spinning Up at Eglin

Given the Pentagon’s clearance to resume “restricted” flying of the F-35 after a three-week grounding, it will take “about a day and a half” for training flights to resume at Eglin AFB, Fla., base spokeswoman 1st Lt. Hope Cronin told...

Air Force to Cut 3,459 Headquarters Positions

The Air Force plans to eliminate 3,459 positions in headquarters as part of the directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent. Echoing previous plans to offer voluntary separation agreements to those eligible, Air Force Secretary...

Officer Movements

President Barack Obama has nominated Gen. Hawk Carlisle to be commander of Air Combat Command at JB Langley-Eustis, Va. Carlisle has served as commander of Pacific Air Forces at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, since August 2012. Obama also has nominated...

Ending Sequestration?

A leading congressional “defense hawk” said he is working to educate his colleagues on the fact that “you can’t disproportionately cut defense—taking 50 percent of the cuts in 18 percent of the budget.” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the...

BRAC Logic

Challenged with the services’ complaint that they need to close excess base infrastructure to help fund readiness, a key leader on the House Armed Services Committee said July 15 that “BRAC needs to happen in a logical sequence.” Rep. Rob...

DOD Reviewing Iraq Assessments

Senior Pentagon leadership is reviewing Iraq assessments delivered by advising teams, which first deployed to the country in June, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby. However, Kirby said it will be a matter of “some time” before Defense Secretary...

US, Qatar Finalize $11 Billion Arms Deal

The US and Qatar have finalized an $11 billion arms deal, which will provide advanced PATRIOT air defense batteries to the Gulf state, as well as other materiel, according to a July 14 release. The deal highlights the “strong partnership...

Air Guard Deploys to Korean Peninsula

A 12-ship of F-16s from the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 119th Fighter Squadron and the District of Columbia Air Guard’s 121st FS deployed to Kunsan AB, South Korea, along with some 200 airmen. The units will train alongside airmen...