Right at the Ragged Edge

The Air Force is able to meet “all” of the requirements of the combatant commanders in Southwest Asia today, but stands “at the ragged edge” of being able to do so for much-in-demand capability like personnel recovery and intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance, said...

Constriction Versus Fundamental Restructure

Having to absorb its “fair share” of the $400 billion budget cut projected for the Defense Department over the next 12 years would cause the Air Force to go to a smaller force, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove...

Dempsey Supports Larger Role for Service Chiefs in Acquisition

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, nominee to be the Joint Chiefs' next Chairman, said Tuesday he favors a larger role for the service Chiefs in the Defense Department's acquisition process as part of broader acquisition reforms that he supports. "I think the service Chiefs need to have a greater role throughout the process," he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing. "Right now, [they] tend to have a role in requirements determination, but then, the process is handed over [to acquisition professionals] to find the materiel solution." Dempsey said this bifurcated set-up "hasn't worked and I think it has to be revisited." Overall, he called the Pentagon's current acquisition process "unacceptable" and said it "has not delivered the capabilities we've required within the resources available to do so." He also voiced support for closer collaboration with industry "throughout the process from start to finish" and "shorter time horizons" to field new capability. (See also Dempsey's responses to advance questions.)

Finding the Right Mix

The United States has not yet determined what its ultimate nuclear force mixture will be once it fully implements the provisions of the New START agreement with Russia, said Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of US Strategic Command, Tuesday during a...

Memo to Chinese Generals

Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, called on China to exercise caution in how it responds to US reconnaissance flights in international airspace near China. “We have to make sure that we don’t repeat what happened in 2001,”...

Army Three Star Nominated to Head NORTHCOM

President Obama has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby for his fourth star for assignment as commander of NORAD and US Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Colo., announced the Pentagon Tuesday. Jacoby would replace Adm. James Winnefeld, who’s been tapped...

Lewis-McChord Hosts Air Mobility Rodeo

Nearly 3,000 service members from more than 25 countries are at Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash. The biennial competition brings together mobility professionals to showcase their skills in events like airdrops and aerial refueling. Airmen from Belgium,...

Pacific Angel in Mongolia

Air Force medical providers, engineers, and support staff worked with Mongolian and Sri Lanken military personnel this month during the fourth annual Pacific Angel exercise. This initiative is meant to cultivate bonds and foster goodwill between US and Asia-Pacific countries...

Kunsan Airmen Evaluate New Fire Suit

Airmen assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, South Korea, participated in a final field evaluation of the new one-piece fire suit known as the Joint Firefighter’s Integrated Response Ensemble Mod, or J-FIRE. Members of the 8th Civil...

And the Journey Begins

A retired F-15C has begun its cross-country land journey from JB Langley-Eustis, Va., to the Chico Air Museum in northern California. The partially disassembled aircraft left Langley on two trucks Monday, reported the Chico Enterprise-Record. The trucks are expected to...