Building Cyber Defenders

All speakers on Thursday’s CyberPatriot panel at AFA’s CyberFutures Conference near Washington, D.C., agreed there is a lot of catching up to do as far as preparing the nation’s youth to be competitive on the world stage in subjects like...

Weeding Out the Bad Cyber Actors

Gordon Snow, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said his organization’s mission is to go after and identify threats and, more importantly, victims of cyber intrusions. His G-men don’t just sit back and wait for threats to emerge. “I’m...

Train Leaders to Operate on the Net

The Air Force needs to certify its senior leaders to operate on the network, just as wing commanders are certified to fly the aircraft under their command, says Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency....

Inoculating the Cyber Network

The Defense Information Systems Agency and its cyber partners need to “start reducing the attack surface” and limiting noise in the new cyber domain, Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, DISA vice director, said Thursday at AFA’s inaugural CyberFutures Conference, just outside...

Spartan Deployment Delayed

The Air Force will deploy its newest aircraft, the C-27J Spartan, this summer, about four months later than originally expected due to the challenges of bedding down a new aircraft while also preparing for its initial deployment. Lt. Gen. Harry...

The Meter is Running

Air Force activities in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn have cost the service roughly $50 million thus far, and the price tag is going up about $4 million with each passing day, said USAF’s leadership Wednesday. Still “unresolved” is how...

Location and Timing

F-22s didn’t see action over Libya because they weren’t close by enough when Operation Odyssey Dawn came together earlier this month, Chief of Staff Gen Norton Schwartz told lawmakers Wednesday. “Clearly, had the F-22s been stationed in Europe, both closer...

Prioritizing Quality of Life

The continuing resolution—and corresponding lack of an enacted defense appropriations bill for Fiscal 2011—is the No. 1 issue on airmen’s minds today, CMSAF James Roy told House lawmakers Wednesday. “Our men and women are deployed to foxholes around the world,...

Housing Standards

CMSAF James Roy said Wednesday the Air Force is committed to providing quality housing to its airmen and their families. However, there are still 14,000 homes in the Air Force inventory considered inadequate, according to Defense Department standards, Roy said....

Still Deciding Where to Trim B-1 Fleet

The Air Force is still maturing its proposal to retire six B-1 bombers in Fiscal 2012, said USAF Secretary Michael Donley Wednesday. “We are working through the details of where those aircraft will come from,” Donley told members of the...

B-1s Join Odyssey Dawn

Add the B-1B to the growing list of Air Force platforms that have supported air operations over Libya. B-1s from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., struck military targets in Libya this past weekend as part of Operation...

Women and Children First

Operation Pacific Passage, the airlift bringing military family members out of Japan for temporary relocation in the United States, has concluded. More than 5,200 family members and dependants of US military personnel voluntarily departed Japan aboard Air Force and civil...

Old Bases Never Die

A local council has approved RAF Upper Heyford in Britain—still possibly the best preserved Cold War base on the island nation—for redevelopment. Once among USAF’s largest bases in Europe, the Air Force shuttered the installation in December 1993. Since its...