Lavelle To Get His Stars Back

President Obama has acted to return the two stars stripped from Maj. Gen. John Lavelle during the Vietnam War. Obama did so by posthumously nominating Lavelle for advancement on the retired rolls to the rank of full general, the Defense...

McCain Lifts Hold on Clapper Vote

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has lifted his short-lived hold on James Clapper’s nomination to be director of national intelligence. McCain’s move came Tuesday after Clapper submitted a report McCain had been seeking, reported Reuters. “This report confirms Senator McCain’s longstanding...

McGuire Receives Its Final C-17

The 305th Air Mobility Wing at JB McGuire, N.J., now has its full complement of C-17 transports in place. Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford, the top uniformed official in USAF’s acquisition shop, delivered the new-build C-17 from Boeing’s production plant in...

Nuclear Expertise ‘Decaying’

The Defense Department is not prepared to deter, defend, and mitigate a nuclear attack, the Defense Science Board warns in a new report meant to be a wake-up call for Pentagon leadership. "US attention and capabilities to counter nuclear weapons have been atrophying for many years," board members assert in The Nuclear Weapons Effects National Enterprise. They don't sugar-coat their concern over DOD's decaying nuclear knowledge: "Intelligence assets are focused elsewhere. Military and civilian leaders in DOD are poorly educated on military operations in nuclear environments and have little understanding of nuclear weapons or the issues surrounding their use against our nation." Among the board's recommendations, DOD leadership needs to make "nuclear survivability a routine issue," given "growing horizontal proliferation by both state and non-state actors," they write. The report is dated June 2010, but was publicly released only recently. (DSB report; caution, large file.)

Air Guard Mulls Domestic Priorities

Hundreds of Air National Guard members are gathered in Baltimore through Friday for the Air Guard’s second-annual domestic operations equipment requirements conference. They are discussing the ANG’s equipment needs for future domestic missions, including disaster response. “Our job would be...

Pentagon Ponders Potential F-16 Sale to Oman

The Pentagon has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of 18 F-16s to Oman. Under a deal with an estimated total value of $3.5 billion, Oman would acquire new-build F-16 Block 50/52 aircraft and associated parts, training, and...

Multinational C-17 Finds Full Capability Slow Going

Roughly one week into its second year of operations, the three C-17s of the 12-nation Strategic Airlift Capability consortium have collectively logged more than 1,500 flight hours. SAC members operate these C-17s at Pápa AB, Hungary. The heavy airlift wing...

Air Force Museum Gets Full-sized DSP Satellite Mockup

Northrop Grumman has shipped a full-size model of a Defense Support Program satellite to the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio, for display there. “We are honored the Air Force has accepted our...

Aviano Airman Awarded Bronze Star

SrA. Brad Salazar, a tactical control air party airman assigned to the 8th Air Support Operations Squadron at Aviano AB, Italy, has received a Bronze Star medal for his meritorious service in southern Afghanistan in 2009. Then an airman first...

Elmendorf Maintainers Honored

The 3rd Component Maintenance Squadron at JB Elmendorf, Alaska, has won a 2010 maintenance award, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. These awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon system and military equipment maintenance. The Elmendorf unit was...

Air Sorties from SWA 072710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, July 27, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 24 58 82 14,332 CAS/Armed Recon 22 76 98 19,773 Airlift 183 183 36,008 Air refueling 59 59 9,532 Rescue 28 28 4,362 Total...