Driving the Reaction

The Long Range Strike Bomber is “absolutely critical” to the Air Force’s future ability to project power, said Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, military deputy in the Air Force’s acquisition office, on Wednesday. Despite significant investment in today’s fleet of B-1s,...

Crossing the Streams

The nation has not yet reconciled its fiscal situation with the world security situation, and that debate needs to happen soon, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. “The tension between needing to do something to address the deficit and the...

The Air Force’s Share of the Pain

The Defense Department has yet to figure out what the Air Force’s “share” of a further $500 billion in spending cuts would be over 10 years if Congress fails to reverse the Budget Control Act’s sequester clause, said Air Force...

Steady on F-35

The F-35 strike fighter program is making steady progress in testing “despite a turbulent past,” but challenges will persist in the near term in areas such as software development and technology sharing with allies, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program...

Air Force Structure Commission’s Make-up Complete

The make-up of the eight-member National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force is now complete with the selections of former Army Acting Secretary Les Brownlee and retired Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt, former Air National Guard director. Sen. Carl...

Targeted Enlisted Reenlistment Bonuses in Fiscal 2014

Although enlisted retention rates remain high overall, the Air Force considers 13 out of 329 enlisted career fields to be stressed due to factors like “high operational demand” and “low manning,” the service’s manpower leadership told lawmakers on Wednesday. They...

Long Way to Go

After reviewing President Obama’s Fiscal 2014 budget request, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces panel, thinks the nation still has a long way to go to uphold its nuclear force structure. Speaking on...

US, Australia Agree to Share Space Monitoring Data

The Defense Department signed an agreement with the Australian defense ministry to share space situational awareness data, announced Pentagon officials on Wednesday. “Many nations share the space domain, and it is in our best interest to create an environment where...

Advanced Cockpit Controls Avenger in Demonstration

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, GA-ASI, operated its Predator C Avenger remotely piloted aircraft with its Advanced Cockpit ground control station as part of a congressionally directed demonstration, announced the company on Wednesday. “This flight paired our most advanced GCS with...