It’s Worse Than You Think

Even without the Budget Control Act’s sequestration mechanism kicking in, “we know there will be much more than $450 billion in defense cuts” in the coming decade, said Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove. Addressing AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium...

Slicing the Pie

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley thinks there will be some serious rethinking of service expenditures in the coming years, especially if the Budget Control Act’s sequester mechanism takes effect. However, he said he doubts that any solution would involve the...

Donley Reaffirms Commitment to Fallen

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley began his speech at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles by reiterating that “the Air Force is accountable to our teammates” in terms of treating the remains of fallen US military personnel with the...

Dempsey Does Not Oppose F-35

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, said he does not oppose the F-35 strike fighter program. Speaking at the Military Reporters and Editors conference last week in Rosslyn, Va., Dempsey took the opportunity to clarify remarks he...

We Thought You Had That Covered

We Thought You Had That Covered: Defense Department officials are keeping details of the Air Force-Navy AirSea Battle concept out of public view “by design,” according to Gen. Philip Breedlove, USAF’s vice chief of staff. “We agreed from the outset...

AT-6 Out as Light Air Support Prospect

Hawker Beechcraft officials said they are "confounded and troubled" by the Air Force's decision to exclude their AT-6 platform from further consideration in the service's Light Air Support aircraft competition. In a Nov. 18 release, they stated that the Air Force notified them of this development in a letter, but provided "no basis for the exclusion." They said this news was troubling because their company, which has been teamed with Lockheed Martin in offering the AT-6, has been "working closely with the Air Force for two years and, with our partners, have invested more than $100 million preparing to meet the Air Force's specific requirements." The officials said they have requested a debriefing. The Air Force has said it intends to acquire 20 LAS platforms for the Afghan air force. Embraer's Super Tucano also has been in the running for LAS.

Riding the Lightning

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay reaffirmed their nations’ commitment to the F-35 strike fighter program. “Let me make very clear that the United States is committed to the development of the F-35 and to a...

Saving Before the Launch Pad

Block buys of evolved expendable launch vehicles would save the Air Force “hundreds of millions of dollars” over the next few years, if properly implemented, said Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command. In his address at AFA’s...

America, Pacific Power

In 1941, the US military largely ignored the threat Japan posed, but the United States has wisely not turned a blind eye toward China in recent years, said veteran defense reporter and Pacific security expert Richard Halloran. The United States...

Why We Need Bombers

A RAND study last year determined that “it’s risky to go to an all-standoff” approach to long-range strike, according to RAND senior analyst Alan Vick. He told attendees of AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium last week in Los Angeles that RAND...

What the United States Can Do

US officials need to “pay attention to what the enemy says,” asserted media expert and defense consultant Chuck de Caro, when discussing al Qaeda and the war on terror at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium last week in Los Angeles. Low-level...