Space Surveillance Satellite in Operators’ Hands

Air Force space officials announced Monday that they have transferred satellite control authority, or SCA, for the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite to the 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo. The squadron is now responsible for operating and...

Change of Command at Fourth Air Force

Brig. Gen. Mark Kyle has taken command of 4th Air Force at March ARB, Calif., a component of Air Force Reserve Command that oversees mostly long-range airlift and tankers stationed at bases across the continental United States. Kyle received the...

Classified Intelligence Satellite Launched

The Air Force, National Reconnaissance Office, and their industry partners have successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket carrying a classified NRO satellite from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., into space. “I am extremely proud of the entire government...

Strategic Review

Eight general officers from across the services met at Kirtland AFB, N.M., to review the status of the Air Force’s $3.4 billion strategic system modernization efforts. They include Minuteman III modernization, nuclear warhead modernizations, and cruise missile acquisitions. Lt. Gen....

Another Puzzle Piece

The Defense Department proposes spending “approximately $2 billion between now and 2016” for research and development of conventional prompt global strike capabilities, said James Miller, principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy. This dollar figure represents another piece in...

Lancers under Combat Stress

The Air Force finalized a five-year, $200 million contract with Boeing for full-scale fatigue testing of the B-1B bomber. The Air Staff is keen to ensure that the aircraft is structurally safe to meet operational demands for the remainder of...

Navy, Marines Detail F-35 Buys

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos on Monday signed an agreement that defines the mix of 680 F-35 strike fighters that their two services collectively will procure. The...

Cyber Hall of Fame Inductees Selected

The Air Force announced Monday that it will induct five airmen next month into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations and Support Hall of Fame at Scott AFB, Ill. The five are: retired Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, former Defense Information Systems...

Purifying Flight Costs

The Air Force is expected to save millions of dollars by having its aircraft maintainers use hydraulic fluid purifiers. These devices will not only minimize hydraulic fluid usage and hazardous waste disposal needs, but are also expected to significantly reduce...