Airman Dies in Afghanistan

TSgt. Leslie D. Williams, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Williams, an airman assigned to the 4th Maintenance Group at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., died on Tuesday due to a non-combat-related incident at...

Tanker Snapshot

Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, a senior USAF contracting officer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that the service's mistaken release of data to would-be KC-X tanker suppliers Boeing and EADS North America last November did not reveal any proprietary or pricing information relative to the competition. Service officials made the subsequent decision to provide both companies with the same "snapshot" of information on each other's tanker after learning that an EADS employee briefly viewed a file meant for Boeing, but mistakenly sent to EADS, before realizing the Air Force's error and alerting USAF officials, she said. Boeing employees caught USAF's mistake before viewing the file they wrongly received on the EADS tanker. Providing both companies with the data snapshot was meant to address any "appearance of unfairness" surrounding the incident and "reestablished fairness in the competition" from USAF's perspective, she said. Steven Shirley, executive director of the Pentagon's Cyber Crime Center, told the committee that the forensic evidence supported the accounts of both companies' employees. Both companies acted properly, said both officials, neither of whom is involved in the tanker source selection. (Masiello prepared remarks) (Boeing statement) (EADS NA statement) (For more on the data disclosure, continue to Not Purposeful)

Reserving Judgment

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, told reporters after Thursday’s KC-X tanker hearing that he had to at least “leave open the possibility” that the Air Force’s accidental release of tanker information last fall could prove to...

Helms Takes the Helm

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms has taken command of 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space, both located at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. She succeeds Lt. Gen. Larry James, who served in those...

Not Letting Up

A bipartisan group of seven Senators is reviving efforts to force the Defense Department to consider the impact of improper foreign aircraft subsidies in the Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition. Led by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell...

Incentive Pay for RPA Pilots

Keen to retain remotely piloted aircraft operators, Air Force officials have announced Fiscal 2011 aviator continuation pay for qualified pilots and combat systems officers who fly RPA. This program intends to “stabilize the force today . . . in response...

Leveraging the Commercial World

Officials with the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., have let $3.7 million worth of contracts to Boeing, Intelsat, Orbital Sciences, and Space Systems/Loral for the study of commercial options that could meet future military satellite...

Afghans Gets Another C-27A

The Afghan air force has taken delivery of its ninth C-27A transport aircraft as it continues to build a fleet of 20 of these twin-engine airplanes. This refurbished airframe is now at the AAF’s base in Kabul after its flight...

Luke’s Five-Six Club Honors Famous Airmen

In an act of homage, officials at Luke AFB, Ariz., have renamed the officers’ lounge at the base’s Club Five-Six after World War II fighter ace Col. Hubert Zemke and its enlisted lounge after CMSgt. Donald Harlow, second Chief Master...