Future Farmers of America

The Air Force is well aligned with the new national strategy, the first tenet of which is “to continue to invest in future-focused capability,” said Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Addressing AFA’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md.,...

Perimeter Defense

The Air Force has a critical role in the US pivot to the Asia-Pacific, said Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. As in World War II, where “airpower allowed the United States to leapfrog enemy forces and extend a Pacific perimeter...

PACAF’s Priorities

As the United States shifts its strategic focus from Southwest Asia to the Asia-Pacific, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Pacific Air Forces commander, said he’s placing emphasis on enhancing the military-to-military engagement of his airmen with regional partners and on improving the...

Keeping an Eye on the Future

With tightening budgets, Air Mobility Command is exploring ways to keep its fleet viable for many years to come, said Maj. Gen. Wayne Schatz, the command’s director of strategic plans, requirements, and programs. Officials are examining options to extend the...

Spooky Even in Daylight

AC-130 gunships recently began daylight missions for the first time, providing fire support to coalition ground forces in Afghanistan thanks to a new high-definition sensor suite, said Air Force Special Operations Command boss Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel. “We have not...

Ospreys, Commando IIs to Mildenhall

Air Force Special Operations Command plans to stand up a squadron of CV-22 Ospreys at RAF Mildenhall, England, said AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel. “Probably June or July [2013], we’ll be standing up our third CV-22 squadron when the...

I’m With the Air Force, Trust Me

The Air Force can win back the trust of Congress by repairing its personal relationships with members on Capitol Hill, presenting realistic plans, acknowledging differing views, and having all its facts together. So said senior Air Force statesmen this week...

Russia’s Got a Hard Road to Travel

While Vladimir Putin has returned to the Russian presidency and touted an expansive 10-year, $800 billion military modernization program, a Russia expert at the Brookings Institution said these plans deserve a bit of skepticism. Putin has vowed the Kremlin will...

From the Bear’s Perspective

The Russians regarded the New START agreement as a win-win, said Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Institution’s arms control initiative. They seized the opportunity to cap the US strategic nuclear force structure—and preserve their own strategic power, he said...