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The new Air Force bomber—the aircraft portion of the Pentagon’s new long-range strike “family of systems”—is still not in the Fiscal 2012 budget that is due for rollout early next year, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Tuesday. “I...

Fighter Strategy Coming

The Air Force is developing a fighter force structure strategy that will resolve how to accommodate various outcomes of the F-35 program, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Tuesday. The Defense Acquisition Board on Monday discussed the preliminary findings...

Chopper Forecast

The Air Force will decide how to go about replacing its UH-1N Huey nuclear site support helicopters and its HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue choppers “in the next year or so,” Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz forecast Tuesday. Such a...

Internal Support for F136?

If the press reports are correct, Vice Adm. David Venlet, head of the Pentagon’s F-35 strike fighter program, has told House members behind closed doors that he favors competition for the F-35’s engine. Such a position would run contra to...

Having Faith in the Academy

The Air Force needs to put “constant attention” on its efforts to promote diversity of beliefs at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Tuesday. Responding to questions about the school’s...

Obama Wants a Timely START

President Obama’s continued push for New START ratification during the Senate’s lame-duck session is running up against opposition from Senators worried that hasty ratification may jeopardize US nuclear modernization. For example, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) issued a release stating that...

NATO Remains Committed to Nuclear Deterrence

NATO's new strategic concept renews the 28 member states' commitment to maintaining a "nuclear alliance," as long as nuclear weapons remain in the arsenal of potential adversaries. "Deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of our overall strategy," states the concept document. It adds, however, that "NATO seeks its security at the lowest possible levels of forces." The concept stipulates that NATO will continue to pursue arms control and "promote disarmament," while "ensuring the broadest possible participation" in nuclear planning and "peacetime basing" of nuclear forces. The concept document, which alliance members adopted Nov. 19 in Lisbon, Portugal, explicitly states that NATO regards no country as an adversary, but calls on Russia to discuss relocating tactical nuclear weapons "away from the territory of NATO members." It also highlights the threat posed by proliferation in "volatile regions." (NATO strategic concept full text) (See also NATO release)

Theater Direct Delivery Hits Seven Figures

A C-17 and its aircrew operating with the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia delivered the one millionth ton of theater direct delivery cargo for US Central Command. “This is a major accomplishment for the C-17 community and theater...

Fiscal 2011 Recruiting Off to Strong Start

October 2010 was a strong recruiting month for the Air Force, according to the Defense Department’s latest figures issued this week. USAF’s active duty force brought in 1,511 new accessions, matching its goal. The Air National Guard attracted 729 new...

JSTARS Organization Restructured

The Air Force leadership has changed the organization that operates the service’s fleet of E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft at Robins AFB, Ga. Gone is the blended 116th Air Control Wing that saw active duty and Air National Guard airmen run...

Air Sorties in SWA 111710

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 16-17, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 49 153 202 24,597 CAS/Armed Recon 26 178 204 31,510 Airlift 319 319 55,792 Air refueling 96 96 15,605 Rescue 35 35 7,293 Total...