S-Day Is Here

Sequestration took effect on March 1, as congressional leaders were unable to broker an 11th-hour deal to prevent it from kicking in. The Pentagon, facing up to the possibility of no deal, has been hoarding cash since mid-January, repeatedly warning...

Fanning Goes Before Senate Panel for Nomination Hearing

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday considered the nomination of Eric Fanning to be the Air Force’s undersecretary—the service’s second highest civilian position. If confirmed, Fanning said combating sexual assaults, acquisition reform, continued funding and direction for science and...

Air Guard Potentially Grounding Large Fleet Portion

The Air National Guard is facing the likelihood that it will ground or significantly reduce flying hours on a large portion of its fleet by week’s end, except for “critical wartime missions,” according to the National Guard Bureau. Several sources...

Heated Exchange

In a heated exchange on Thursday with Alan Estevez, President Obama’s choice to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) angrily ruffled his papers and threw his pencil as he tried to...

McChord Receives Air Force’s Newest C-17

Brig. Gen. Scott Goodwin, Air Mobility Command’s director of operations, led an aircrew that flew the Air Force’s newest C-17 transport from Boeing’s production plant in Long Beach, Calif., to JB Lewis-McChord, Wash. The airplane touched down at McChord on...

Shaw F-16s Kick Off Red Flag

Members of the 79th Fighter Squadron this week kicked off Red Flag 13-3 at Nellis AFB, Nev., according to a Nellis release. Lt. Col. Jason Plourde, 79th FS commander, on Feb. 25 took to the air and led eight of...

Valor Website Grows

The Defense Department’s valor website now includes the names of Medal of Honor recipients by service since the medal’s inception, announced Pentagon officials on Thursday. Previously, the site included only the names of MOH recipients since Sept. 11, 2001. DOD...

Phantom Eye Flies Again

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye remotely piloted aircraft demonstrator this week completed its second flight, announced company officials. The Phantom Eye climbed above an altitude of 8,000 feet during the Feb. 25 mission at Edwards AFB, Calif., and remained aloft...