Budgeting for Space

The Pentagon’s Fiscal 2012 budget proposal—slated for release next week—will represent a “concrete manifestation” of the recently renewed US space priorities outlined in the first-of-its-kind National Security Space Strategy, said Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn. Specifically, the Air Force has...

New National Military Strategy Released

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen on Tuesday issued the 2011 National Military Strategy, the document that provides strategic direction for the US armed forces. “While we continue to refine how we counter violent extremism and...

Partnering with France

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and French Defense Minister Alain Juppe signed a bilateral statement of principles on space situational awareness Tuesday. This came just days after the US released a new national space strategy emphasizing the importance of building international...

Building Space Resiliency

China opened the world’s eyes in 2007 when it blew up one of its own defunct satellites, irresponsibly littering space with many thousands of pieces of debris. But it’s not the only country employing counterspace capabilities. Both Iran and Ethiopia...

Schwartz Welcomes C-130J to India

Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz was on hand as India inducted the first of six C-130Js into its mobility fleet. During the Feb. 5 ceremony, Schwartz presented Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony a model of the Super Hercules and...

Low-Altitude Political Turbulence

The Air Force’s proposed low-altitude tactical navigation range through mountainous parts of Colorado and northern New Mexico came under fire in the Colorado State House. State Rep. Wes McKinley (D-Dist. 64) and Rep. Edward Vigil (D-Dist. 62) introduced a bill,...

Brooks Says Goodbye to Med School

More than 300 guests showed up to witness the last class of aeromedical evacuation crewmembers graduate from flight-nurse training at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio. The school is relocating to a new...

Bionic Eye Enhances Battlefield Airmen

Combat airmen in Afghanistan will soon have a bird’s eye view of the battlefield through their own pair of eyeglasses. Vuzix of Rochester, N.Y., announced that delivery of the first shipment of Tac-Eye LT head-mounted displays will take place over...

Contracting in Combat

About two dozen airmen from across the globe spent two weeks at Ft. Campbell, Ky., learning everything from convoy operations to how to egress a mine- resistant, ambush-protected vehicle when it rolls over. They were among 200 participants in the...

Air Force Reserve Band Hits High Note

The Band of the US Air Force Reserve was a finalist last month in the Mid-South regional Emmy Awards in Nashville, Tenn., for its 2009 television performance, Holiday Notes from Home. The band didn’t bring home the Emmy, but its...