Winds of Change

The Republican takeover of the House in Tuesday’s Congressional midterm election brings with it the departure of some long-serving Democrats who played key roles in defense oversight. In fact, pending the results of one contest in Texas that was still...

More Turbulence Ahead?

Fresh off of a major restructure earlier this year, the Defense Department’s F-35 strike fighter program may be facing additional schedule delays up to three years and cost increases approaching $5 billion. Reuters news wire service reported Tuesday that these...

Protecting the Network at Mach 6

The Air Force’s top information officer said Tuesday protecting the aerial network is one of his top priorities this year. That’s a daunting challenge since the network is hosted on aircraft that are moving exceedingly fast “We think we know...

Finding Efficiencies

The Air Force’s chief information officer said he wants to see the number of applications running on Air Force networks cut nearly in half. That move could save the service between $600 million and $800 million a year, Lt. Gen....

Solar Energy Project Launched

Construction has started on a six-megawatt solar array at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. This is the most ambitious solar energy project in the academy’s history and is part of the academy leadership’s broader vision to generate 100 percent...

Software Milestone for GPS Ground Control Element

Raytheon announced Tuesday that its industry team has successfully completed a key design review of the Global Positioning System Advanced Control Segment, the next-generation ground control element for the GPS satellite constellation. Nearly 70 industry and Air Force representatives recently...

Massachusetts Air Guard Helped Deal with Air Threat

Two F-15s from the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing last week scrambled to intercept an Emirates Airlines 777 en route to New York City as US authorities acted to prevent a possible terrorist attack. They escorted the commercial...

Fairchild Airmen Rescue Six Civilians

Airmen with the 36th Rescue Flight, a UH-1N helicopter unit at Fairchild AFB, Wash., last week saved six people and a dog during two separate operations in northern Idaho. Unexpected snowfall, up to three feet deep in some places, stranded...

Triumphant Return to the Skies

Fourteen months after losing his leg in a tragic boating accident, 1st Lt. Ryan McGuire will soon return to flight training at Laughlin AFB, Tex. McGuire is the first amputee on active duty to return to flight training, according to...

Religious Tolerance Still a Concern at Academy

A survey of 2,170 Air Force Academy cadets and 1,880 permanent-party personnel at the institution shows that religious expression is still a contentious issue there. In fact, 48 percent of religious, non-Christian cadets who responded to the 2009-2010 climate assessment...

Longtime Lockheed Executive joins Raytheon

Dan Crowley, longtime Lockheed Martin executive who led the company’s F-35 strike fighter program through May, has begun a new gig—with Raytheon. Crowley now runs Raytheon Network Centric Systems in McKinney, Tex., which is about 50 miles northeast of Fort...

Air Sorties from SWA 102610

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Oct. 26, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 24 74 98 22,626 CAS/Armed Recon 18 99 117 29,211 Airlift 199 199 51,951 Air refueling 51 51 14,506 Rescue 23 23 6,739 Total...