Analyst: USAF Budget Crunch Inevitable

In the 2020s, the Air Force intends to be at full-rate production with its new tanker, next-generation bomber, the F-35 strike fighter, and a new advanced trainer aircraft, said Todd Harrison, a senior fellow for defense budget studies at the...

Hawker Beechcraft Lodges Protest in AT-6 Competition

Hawker Beechcraft last week filed a protest against the Air Force with the Government Accountability Office after claiming that the service has been unfairly keeping it in the dark as to why its AT-6 bid is excluded from further consideration...

A Career That Blossomed

Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, USAF’s longest serving airman and currently its deputy assistant secretary for budget, is retiring after 46 years of service. A native of Kinston, N.C., Flowers joined the Air Force at age 17. He began his active...

Bradley Hits Milestone in Engine Repair

Connecticut Air National Guardsmen with the 103rd Maintenance Squadron at Bradley ANG Base completed overhauling the 100th A-10 TF-34 turbofan engine since the centralized repair facility began operations there in May 2007. They reached the milestone in mid October, announced...

Changing the Way DOD Does Business

The Defense Department likely is going to have to change the way it conducts business in the current budget environment, said Todd Harrison, a defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. During a briefing with reporters...

Swedes Train with Lakenheath Airmen

A contingent of Swedish air force personnel and JAS-39 Gripen fighters concluded a week of training at RAF Lakenheath, England, with 48th Fighter Wing airmen and their F-15Cs and F-15Es. The Gripen pilots went up against F-15C and F-15E pilots...

Air Guardsmen Deliver Forklift via Airdrop

North Carolina Air National Guardsmen operating with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, completed the first airdrop of their deployment last week by delivering a 12,000-pound forklift to an Army remote forward operating base in the country...

AEHF Terminal Tested

Raytheon officials said the company successfully tested its Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal with the Air Force’s on-orbit Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite. AEHF-1 has been in space since August 2010 and last month reached its operational position,...