Sequestration Blues

Profound readiness decay, billions in unexpected costs, an unrecoverable maintenance backlog, and potential large-scale reductions in force are among the many predictable problems awaiting the Air Force if Congress fails to stop the looming budget sequester from taking effect in...

Program Effects

Acting Air Force Undersecretary Jamie Morin said Thursday numerous Air Force programs would immediately feel the bite if budget sequestration takes effect on March 1. Among the hits: the Air Force might have to re-negotiate the KC-46 tanker program, potentially...

Readiness Nosedive

The Air Force has made some progress in reversing a long decline in readiness that has afflicted the service for 10 years, and the service’s Fiscal 2013 budget proposal seemed like it would finally arrest the decline, said service Acting...

Preventing Another Benghazi

Airpower would not have effectively prevented or stopped the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September, because of the “problem of distance and time,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Those...

Second-Rate Power

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday issued some dire warnings to lawmakers on sequestration during what will likely be his last time testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee before he steps down from the post. During the Feb. 7...

Limited Nuclear Exchange

A planned exchange of bombers—in which B-52s would operate from Engels AB, Russia, and Russian Bear bombers would operate from Barksdale AFB, La.—is off for this year, according to Air Force Global Strike Command boss Lt. Gen. James Kowalski. Speaking...

Missileer Magnetism

The new attention put on the ICBM mission is paying dividends in terms of the seasoning of the ICBM cadre, said Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, head of Air Force Global Strike Command. Speaking with reporters in Washington, D.C., on Feb....

Hawaiian Raptors Complete Their First Red Flag

A contingent of eight F-22s and some 160 airmen and contractors returned home to JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, from a two-week deployment to Nellis AFB, Nev., for Exercise Red Flag 13-2. This was the first over-water deployment for the Hawaiian...

Aussie KC-30 Makes Exercise Debut

The Royal Australian Air Force deployed one of its KC-30A tankers as part of its contingent participating in Exercise Cope North 2013 at Andersen AFB, Guam. This marked the first time that the RAAF has exercised the KC-30 outside of...