Data Was Old

In its evaluation of the Lockheed Martin candidate for the combat search and rescue helicopter replacement program, the Air Force decided that Lockheed was not meeting “important schedule requirements” and was having “difficulty” in transmitting systems engineering processes to subcontractors in its work on the new VH-71 Presidential helicopter program. It was that vote of “little confidence” in past performance, according to a just released account of the Government Accountability Office’s CSAR-X protest decision, that led USAF to dismiss “modest” life cycle cost savings offered by Lockheed’s CSAR-X entrant. Responding to this revelation Wednesday, Lockheed cried foul, asserting that the Navy’s VH-71 helicopter program “is now on track to meet its aggressive initial operational capability date of October 2009.” And, the Navy agrees, telling the Owego (N.Y.) Star-Gazette that it had accelerated the “challenging” program by three years and is showing “good progress.” Per Lockheed, “The Air Force evaluation of our past performance is no longer current.”

Pressure is Mounting

Air Force officials do not want to delay the program to replace the current fleet of HH-60 combat search and rescue helicopters, but some lawmakers do not agree with the service plan to “narrowly” interpret the Government Accountability Office protest...

Just Can’t Win

The Air Force plan to favor a tanker replacement that could also serve as a troop or cargo hauler when needed has no analytical foundation, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO is in the midst of reviewing the...

Sustaining the Older Herk

Air Force officials testifying before the House Armed Services Air and Land Forces Subcommittee on March 7 stated that, as of last month, the service has grounded or restricted 53 C-130 tactical airlifters. Surprisingly, all but one serves with an...

Air Strikes in SWA

Several key air strikes by coalition aircraft have killed key terrorists and destroyed insurgent strongholds and vehicles armed with anti-aircraft artillery, according to Multinational Force Iraq news releases. One such strike, which took place March 2 west of Taji, targeted...

Air Mobility Warfare Center Renamed

Gen. Duncan McNabb, head of Air Mobility Command, presided over a ceremony this week at Ft, Dix, N.J., renaming the former Air Mobility Warfare Center the “Air Force Expeditionary Center.” AMC activated the AMWC on May 1, 1994, and streamlined...

SDB for a Raptor:

The testers at Edwards AFB, Calif., have begun integration testing for the use of the Small Diameter Bomb with the F-22 Raptor. The new stealth fighter can accommodate four SDBs and its BRU-61 carriage in each weapon bay for a...

No More ACM?:

The Air Force has put no funds in its 2008 defense budget proposal or the outyears for the nuclear air-launched Advanced Cruise Missile, leading analysts to believe its headed into retirement—very much sooner than anticipated. The stealthy ACM, which can...

“Best Qualified” Should Rise:

Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor Renuart believes that “the best qualified officers” should “compete” for the top two leadership positions at US Northern Command rather than having Congress legislate that one or the other go to a National Guard officer,...

ANG Airmen Earn Bronze Stars:

Two Washington Air National Guardsmen received Bronze Star medals for their efforts during deployments to Iraq in 2004, reports the Spokesman Review. MSgt. Henry Stroisch and TSgt. Michael Frady were deployed to Balad, Iraq, working with an Army transportation company....

Another “Deep Freeze” in the Can:

The 2006-07 season of Operation Deep Freeze has just concluded, and it “has been a record setting year,” said Lt. Gen. Chip Utterback, Joint Task Force-Support Forces Antarctica commander. Personnel from the active 62nd Airlift Wing and Air Force Reserve...

Air Sorties in the Global War on Terrorism

March 6, 2007 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total ISR 18 10 28 CAS/Armed Recon 45 54 99 Airlift 170 170 Air refueling 38 38 Total 63 64 208 335 OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom ISR=Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance