Romney Outlines Foreign Policy Plan

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for a more robust US presence in the Middle East, tougher sanctions against Iran, and a closer relationship with Israel during an Oct. 8 speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Romney criticized President Obama for being "indifferent" in his handling of the uprisings throughout the Middle East, and Romney said he would organize all Middle East assistance efforts under one new official. "The President has failed to offer the tangible support that our partners want and need," said Romney. He said "the surging violence, weakening democracy, and the rising influence of Iran" are eroding the "costly gains" earned by US troops in Iraq. Romney said he "would not hesitate to impose new sanctions" on Iran and tighten existing ones in an effort to "make clear" that the country's nuclear pursuit "must not be tolerated." Romney also appeared to question the Defense Department's new strategy that shifts the United States' focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, saying "our oldest allies are being told we're pivoting away from them." He also mentioned budget sequestration, promising to roll back those "devastating" defense cuts, if elected. (Romney's prepared speech text)

Air Force Issues RFP for Space Fence Development, Production

The Air Force released the request for proposals for the next phase of the Space Fence radar program: engineering and manufacturing development and production and deployment. Service acquisition officials want bids in by Nov. 14, according to the solicitation documents,...

SpaceX Launches its First ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX placed its Dragon spacecraft into orbit for the company’s first official cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, announced company officials. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried Dragon aloft from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., on Oct. 7. “We...

Holloman Activates Second RPA Training Squadron

Officials at Holloman AFB, N.M., activated the 9th Attack Squadron as the base’s second MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft training unit. “MQ-9 training requirements have doubled,” said SMSgt. James Howard, 9th AS superintendent, in Holloman’s Oct. 4 release. “By having two...

New Parents in the Old Command

Officials at Tyndall AFB, Fla., redesignated the 325th Air Control Squadron, the Air Force’s air battle management schoolhouse, as the 337th ACS. The name change marked the unit’s transfer from Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing to the oversight of the 33rd...

Making Future Connections Possible

DARPA has completed a two-year program that the agency says demonstrated technology enabling autonomous in-flight refueling of high-flying remotely piloted aircraft. During the Autonomous High-Altitude Refueling program (previously called KQ-X), two modified RQ-4 Global Hawks completed a total of nine...

Cover Your Tails

Workers at Westover ARB, Mass., are constructing a $4.2 million mobile enclosure large enough to shelter a C-5 transport’s tail while the airplane is parked in the base’s smaller sized isochronal inspection hangar. The base is home to Air Force...

Elmendorf’s Lightning

A restored P-38G Lightning fighter from World War II now sits on permanent display near the 3rd Wing headquarters building at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, announced base officials. This airframe is “the world’s last example of a P-38G Lightning,” according to...

Australia Contributes More to Poseidon Program

Australia’s Defense Department contributed approximately $75.4 million ($73.9 million AUD) to the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime warfare and patrol aircraft program in a sign of the US ally’s continued commitment to the US-led, multibillion-dollar acquisition effort. The Australians on Oct...