Clapper: Libyan Air Defenses Substantial

Libya’s air defense infrastructure is “quite substantial,” said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Thursday. “They have a lot of Russian equipment, and there is a certain quality in numbers,” Clapper told the Senate Armed Service Committee. He said the...

Keeping the Edge

It’s going to be a long time before the US military faces an operational stealth fighter, said Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander. Russia, India, and China may be working on “first concepts,” but an operational platform is still...

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Gary North says “other nations are copying” US military capabilities. While copying is the highest form of flattery, it also means the United States needs to work that much harder to maintain its technological superiority....

Shedding Some Muscle

The Air Force is seeing its highest retention rates in 16 years thanks to the weak job market. As a result, active duty end strength remains bloated above Congressionally authorized levels. At the end of Fiscal 2010, the tally was...

Goldfein to Lead Air Forces Central

President Obama on Thursday nominated Maj. Gen. David Goldfein for promotion to the grade of lieutenant general as he moves to his new assignment as Air Forces Central commander. Goldfein has been Air Combat Command’s director of operations since August...

Stellar Launch Record Unbroken

While the failed launch of NASA’s Glory satellite highlighted the complex risk involved in putting satellites in orbit, the Air Force has not lost a payload during a launch since a software glitch doomed a Milstar communications satellite back in...

STRATCOM Eyes New Command Center

US Strategic Command seeks a new command and control complex and nuclear command, control, and communications node at Offutt AFB, Neb., said Gen. Robert Kehler, STRATCOM’s boss. The new complex would replace Offutt’s “aging and fragile” Curtis E. LeMay building...

Marines will Buy F-35 Carrier Variant, Too

The Marine Corps announced for the first time that it will procure some number of F-35C strike fighters in addition to the F-35Bs it wants. Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the Corps hasn’t...

Evacuate!

For the first time in 15 years, the entire fleet of Air Force Reserve Command’s 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla., took to the sky during a recent drill weekend. The wing’s three HC-130 refueling tankers cleared Patrick’s runway...

Panel Calls for Diversifying Ranks, Women in Combat

The Congressionally chartered Military Leadership Diversity Commission has completed 18 months of research and issued its recommendations. Although the military does not have the same “institutional biases” against women and minorities as in decades past, the fact that so few...

A400M Set for Production

Airbus Military has approved the A400M transport for production, following an in-depth examination of all facets of the program to ensure full compliance and preparedness, announced parent company EADS Thursday. The first four A400Ms will roll off the production line...