Tanker Talk

Rockwell Collins’ CEO doesn’t expect to see the Air Force award the KC-X tanker contract this month. “It was supposed to be awarded in November, but there are very few of us now that think that date will be met,”...

Toward “Active” Cyber Defenses?

The Defense Department believes "passive" cyber defenses such as firewalls are insufficient to meet a burgeoning threat, reports Gen. Norton Schwartz, USAF Chief of Staff. Schwartz, speaking to an audience in Colorado Springs, Colo., said Pentagon officials think "we require more active defenses." DOD seeks to "create dynamic virtual environments, instead of allowing static networks to remain vulnerable," said Schwartz. He said DOD officials are pushing "promising technologies" such as cloud computing and massive network polymorphism. These techniques "can reduce the ability for potential aggressors to hunt through our networks" and cause aggressors to leave "forensic evidence of intrusion," which will be useful for determining the source of an attack, he said. The Air Force on Monday released Schwartz's remarks, which he had delivered earlier at a National Homeland Defense Foundation conference.

Altus Evaluates Airstrip as Potential Training Site

Dwarfing the tiny runway, a C-17 from Altus AFB, Okla., landed at Marshall Army Airfield, Kan., a part of Fort Riley, last week to help evaluate the site as a short-field training location for Altus’ C-17 student pilots. Riley’s resident...

F-16 Displays Get Upgrade

Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve F-16s are going to get a center display unit upgrade. Raytheon announced Monday that it has received an initial $3.1 million contract to start replacing multiple analog flight instrument displays in these F-16s...

Fit to Fight

The Air Force set out to change its culture of fitness July 1 when it implemented tough new fitness requirements, and it appears airmen were up to the challenge. The percentage of Total Force airmen who have passed the fitness...

Revamped KC-135 Facility Complete

The nearly $2 million renovation to convert a building at McConnell AFB, Kan., to house a KC-135 flight simulator is complete. This facility, constructed in 1986, hosted a B-1B bomber simulator until 2003. It now houses one of the base’s...

Airman wins Marine Corps Marathon

An Air Force second lieutenant beat out more than 21,000 participants in the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon held Sunday in Washington D.C. 2nd Lt. Jacob Bradosky, 23, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 30 seconds,...

T-41 Goes on Display at Maxwell

The Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., has dedicated a retired T-41 Mescalero in tribute to the thousands of young airmen who began their flying careers in the tiny high-wing aircraft. “There are other monuments on this...

Air Sorties from SWA 102310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Oct. 24-25, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 48 154 202 22,528 CAS/Armed Recon 40 191 231 29,094 Airlift 360 360 51,752 Air refueling 97 97 14,455 Rescue 69 69 6,716 Total...