Thinking Outside the Box in 2012

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board announced that it will undertake two studies in 2012 as part of its mission to inform the USAF leadership. Extended Uses of Air Force Space Command Sensors will investigate how to configure data-collection and -dissemination architectures so that the service's terrestrial and on-orbit space sensors could best support additional missions beyond their primary roles, such as decision-aiding, targeting, and battlespace awareness. Non-traditional ISR for Contested Environments will evaluate the feasibility and utility of incorporating advanced sensors on existing and planned aircraft and munitions that are designed to penetrate and operate in hostile airspace. These sensors would collect intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance data to support a variety of users. AFSAB members will brief the Air Force leadership on the studies' findings in July 2012, according to the board's schedule. The release of the corresponding reports is planned for next December. (See also our coverage of AFSAB's 2011 studies.)

Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate on Thursday approved its version of the Fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill by a vote of 93 to seven. S.1867 allots $662 billion for defense activities in this fiscal year, including $527 billion for the Pentagon’s base activities,...

Snapshot of ICBM Force

The Air Force had 448 Minuteman III ICBMs on operational status in their silos as of Sept. 1, according to a State Department fact sheet issued on Thursday based on the periodic data exchanges now occurring between the United States...

New START Silo-Elimination Process Under Way

The Air Force is moving forward with the task of eliminating 100 deactivated ICBM silos and their associated alert facilities in accordance with the provisions of the New START agreement with Russia. Air Force Global Strike Command officials announced on...

Fiscal 2013 Budget Focused on Pre-Sequestration Cuts

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, said Pentagon officials are preparing their Fiscal 2013 budget proposal that will go to Congress in February with the expectation that the Defense Department will have to make $450 billion in...

C-130s Drop Supplies to Outpost

A C-130 crew with the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron successfully delivered 18,000 pounds of fuel via precision airdrop to soldiers at Combat Outpost Herrera in Afghanistan, enough to supply the difficult-to-access base through the upcoming winter, according to Air Forces...

Travis Passenger Terminal Gets New Family Lounge

Officials at Travis AFB, Calif., opened the new family lounge at the base’s passenger terminal. “We’re still awaiting some furniture and signage, but our doors are now open,” said 1st Lt. Andrew Gill, 60th Air Mobility Wing passenger operations flight...

First A400M For Customer Enters Final Assembly

Airbus Military has begun final assembly of the first A400M transport aircraft intended for a customer, in this case the French air force, announced the company. France is expected to receive this airframe by early 2013, the first of 50...