No Time for Glory

The Air Force is on track to have 50 combat air patrols of remotely piloted aircraft in place by the end of Fiscal 2011, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told attendees Friday at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles....

Space Tops Acquisition Wishlist

Space programs will top the Air Force’s wishlist as it prepares for future conflicts that may not follow the same script as today’s battles, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley Friday. Half of the service’s top 10 acquisition investment programs...

Investing in Innovation

Air Force Space Command officials are determined to keep an eye firmly focused on evolving technology and promoting innovation as they look to rein in efficiencies and cut costs, said Gen. Robert Kehler, AFSPC boss, Friday at AFA’s Global Warfare...

One Million Combat Hours

The Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft fleet is on track to reach one million combat flight hours next month, Gen. Robert Kehler, head of Air Force Space Command, said Friday. Speaking at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Kehler...

No More Launch Schedule Roulette

The Air Force’s launch schedule is filling up fast as new capabilities come online. In an effort to maintain efficiencies and prevent unnecessary delays, Air Force Space Command is reworking the way it schedules launches, said Gen. Robert Kehler, the...

Scope Check

The Air Force needs to learn how to manage risk when it comes to technological advances, rather than avoiding risks altogether, said Joanne Maguire, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company executive vice president. Maguire, speaking as part of an industry panel...

Buy Ideas, Too, Not Just Stuff

Not surprisingly, much of the discussion at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles has revolved around the tightening budget environment and figuring out ways to do more with less. But at least one member of Thursday’s industry panel on...

F-22 UPDATE: Missing Pilot Identified

The Air Force has identified the pilot of the F-22 that crashed Tuesday about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. He is Capt. Jeffrey Haney, a member of the 525th Fighter Squadron at JB Elmendorf, Alaska. Haney’s current status is...

Search Continues in Alaska for Missing F-22 Pilot

A major rescue effort is underway to locate the F-22 pilot missing since his Raptor crashed Tuesday in a remote, rugged area about 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, during nighttime training. The aircraft was assigned to the 3rd Wing...

Doing More Without More

The space mission remains a “deeply held” part of Air Force functions, but Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton challenged USAF and industry leaders Thursday to figure out a way to do “more without more.” As the Defense Department...

Conaton Discusses New Space Oversight

Perhaps the biggest change to the Air Force’s internal organizational structure since the review of USAF’s headquarters-level space functions has been the consolidation of space acquisitions under the same office that handles the service’s non-space acquisition programs, Undersecretary of the...

Keep The Network in the Fight

Today, the network is the foundation of many Air Force operations and to lose access to it would have catastrophic consequences, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, 24th Air Force commander, told attendees Thursday at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles....

Fighter Mindset in a Cyber World

One of the profound challenges that 24th Air Force faces as it grows USAF’s cyber capabilities is treating the network like a weapon system and prioritizing its functions, including its defenses, says Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, 24th AF boss. “If...

Kehler: Maintain and Modernize Triad

Gen. Robert Kehler, the nominee to head US Strategic Command, on Thursday called on the nation to maintain a nuclear triad and to modernize each of the triad’s legs. “It is critically important that we continue with both sustainment and...

Space Acquisition Center Reorganizes

Air Force space officials have realigned the offices within the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., to conform to the new organizational construct that Air Force Materiel Command announced earlier this year for its acquisition, research...

Ugandan Air Chief Visits Ramstein

Maj. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire, Ugandan air force chief, visited 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) at Ramstein AB, Germany, becoming the first African air chief to call on 17th AF headquarters since the numbered air force stood up in October...

Hickam Airmen Utilize Pacific Northwest Airspace

A C-17 aircrew assigned to the 535th Airlift Squadron at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, spent five days at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., practicing maneuvers and drills that they cannot normally perform back home due to flight-training limitations. This included making unrestricted-descent...

AFRL-funded Devices Allow for Remote Medical Monitoring

Pararescuemen and medics will be able to determine a soldier’s health status on the battlefield remotely with two small-sized devices that QinetiQ North America has developed in coordination with the Air Force Research Lab’s human effectiveness directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB,...

Air Sorties from SWA 111310

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 13, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 21 74 95 24,191 CAS/Armed Recon 14 91 105 31,117 Airlift 161 161 55,147 Air refueling 42 42 15,403 Rescue 33 33 7,202 Total...