Strategic Choices

Le Bourget, France —Air Force acquisition executive David Van Buren, addressing an international audience here Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, said “efficiencies will not be enough” in reaching spending levels demanded in future US defense budgets. “We will have...

Senate Confirms Panetta as Defense Secretary

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Leon Panetta, current CIA Director, to be the next Defense Secretary. Panetta will replace Robert Gates, who’s led the Pentagon since December 2006 and is scheduled to step down on June 30. Panetta’s confirmation...

F-22 Should-Cost

Le Bourget, France —The Air Force is conducting a “should cost” analysis of the F-22 improvement program, said USAF acquisition executive David Van Buren here Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. Van Buren acknowledged that outyears funding for F-22 enhancements...

Budgets Pressures on Future Trainer

Le Bourget, France —Although the Air Force’s requirements might leave room for a “clean-sheet design” to be its future T-X trainer aircraft, budget pressure most likely will oblige the service to opt for an off-the-shelf design, USAF acquisition executive David...

Strike Eagle Aircrews Take MacKay Trophy

Four airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Britain, are the recipients of the 2010 Mackay Trophy, recognized by the Air Force and National Aeronautic Association for conducting last year’s most meritorious flight. They are: Lt. Col. Donald...

LightSquared Sees the Light

LightSquared of Reston, Va., announced that it is adjusting its planned nationwide broadband wireless network so that the network does not interfere with the Global Positioning System signal. “This is a solution which ensures that tens of millions of GPS...

U-2 and Global Hawk

Le Bourget, France—For years, the Air Force has known it will give up some intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance capability when it retires the U-2 fleet. The U-2 can carry heavier sensors than the RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft and has a still-in-demand...

Academy Purchases New Aircraft Trainers

The Air Force Academy is buying 25 SR20 airplanes from Cirrus Aircraft of Duluth, Minn., for use in training cadets, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. These two-seat trainers, which the Air Force is designating T-53As, will replace the academy’s leased...

Incirlik Maintenance Group Inactivates

The 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik AB, Turkey, inactivated the 39th Maintenance Group, casing the group guidon during a base ceremony. “We inactivate the group today because it’s the right thing to do,” stated Col. Eric Beene, 39th ABW...

Missing World War II Airman Identified

The Pentagon announced that its forensic scientists have identified the remains of SSgt. Marvin J. Steinford of Keystone, Iowa, an airman missing in action since March 1945. DOD officials returned Steinford’s remains to his family; his burial with full military...