NATO Assumes Lead for All Libya Operations

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced Sunday that, effective immediately, the alliance would assume the lead role from the United States for all UN-sanctioned air and sea military operations in and around Libya. “This is a very significant step,...

Pentagon Honors “Bravest of the Brave”

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, and leaders of the other services gathered in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes for a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest...

Surf’s Down, But the Season’s Young

The Air Force Research Lab last week postponed launching its second X-51A Waverider hypersonic test vehicle. The Waverider departed Edwards AFB, Calif., aboard its B-52 mothership, on March 24, only to be recalled shortly after reaching the test site over...

Keesler Launches New Computer Security Course

The 336th Training Squadron at Keesler AFB, Miss., last week launched a new information assurance course. The seven-day Security+ certification course supports officers, enlisted airmen, and USAF civilian personnel who are required to operate on the Air Force network. Those...

Expanded Medical Capabilities

The Air Force continues to see “incredible inroads” in making its medical teams lighter, more mobile, and more capable, said Lt. Gen. Charles Green, USAF surgeon general. A case in point is the Expeditionary Medical System, he told House lawmakers...

Climate Control

Air Force medical personnel are working with researchers at the University of Cincinnati to understand how providing medical care in the darkened, noisy, moving environments of military aircraft affects the body and what may be done to offset those effects,...

Global Reach, Local Charm

Officials at Travis AFB, Calif., have christened seven of the base’s C-17s with the names of the seven cities that surround the installation in Solano County, southwest of Sacramento in the state’s northern half. Mayors of all seven cities—Benicia, Dixon,...

What War with China Would Look Like

If China attacks Taiwan in 2015 and the United States comes to the island’s rescue, the Air Force would have a tough fight on its hands, predict analysts with RAND Project Air Force. The “significant number” of modern fighters, surface-to-air...

Raytheon Completes Work on Thule Radar

Raytheon announced it has completed all system requirements and testing of the Upgraded Early Warning Radar at Thule AB, Greenland. The UEWR is now ready to support the United States’ ballistic missile defense mission, according to the company. Thule is...

Instructing to Build Anew

Lt. Col. Hussein Hamid earlier this month became the renascent Iraqi air force’s first qualified T-6 instructor pilot. He joined the select group of more than 30 Iraqi fixed-wing instructor pilots trained by US air advisors since the fall of...