Air Force Issues Directive to Soften Sequestration Blow

Air Force leaders issued a directive to the major commands on Monday intended to soften the blow of budget sequestration, said Acting Undersecretary of the Air Force Jamie Morin. "We've moved from planning and analysis to directing at least a subset of actions," said Morin during an AFA-sponsored Air Force breakfast program address in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 15. The new guidance is based on a Jan. 7 memo that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh sent to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The memo outlined the potential steps that the Air Force could take to lessen the impact of the budget sequester if it takes effect in March and the Defense Department also continues to operate under a continuing resolution, which keeps funding at Fiscal 2012 levels. Morin acknowledged that any actions that the Air Force takes will do little to prevent further severe cuts and readiness reductions if Congress does not resolve the double threat of sequestration and the continuing resolution by then. "It greatly complicates resource planning at a time when we absolutely must squeeze the maximum amount of combat capability out of each taxpayer dollar that's entrusted to us," he said. (See also As Bad as it Gets.)

Procrastination is the New Norm

Air Force Acting Undersecretary Jamie Morin said the new norm of creeping right up to the edge of “various cliffs,” such as pending government shutdowns or busted debt ceilings, is having a detrimental effect on the way the Defense Department...

F-22s Return to Kadena

A contingent of F-22s and some 300 airmen arrived on Okinawa, Japan, from JB Langley-Eustis, Va., as part of a normal rotation of combat forces to the Asia-Pacific theater, announced Pacific Air Forces officials. Capt. Kim Bender, PACAF spokeswoman, told...

SBIRS Satellite Arrives at Launch Site

GEO-2, the second Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite, has arrived at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., in preparation for its scheduled launch into space in March, announced prime contractor Lockheed Martin on Tuesday. A C-5 transport brought the spacecraft from...

Act Before the Upgrade Starts

Air Force personnel officials are encouraging Active Duty airmen who are eligible to re-enlist, extend their current enlistment, retire, or separate in March to complete these actions by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues. That’s because...

Red Horse to the Plow

RED HORSE civil engineers from Andersen AFB, Guam, are engaged in construction projects valued at $31 million across US Central Command’s operational area from Afghanistan to the Middle East, according to Andersen officials. “With the scale of the projects we...

The Guns from Navarone

An Air Force civilian saved Air Force Special Operations Command more than $14 million by finding a 1950s-era cache of rare 40 mm gun parts in Greece for AC-130 gunships, according to a command release. The US military phased the...

Concerned, but No Cold Turkey

Turkey is delaying the purchase of its first two F-35 strike fighters, citing concerns over the aircraft’s development and recent cost hikes, according to press reports. “The operational capabilities of the F-35 aircraft have lagged behind desired levels, and given...