Force Structure Commission Holds First Public Meeting

The congressionally mandated commission on the Air Force’s structure heard testimony from AFA President Craig McKinley as well as leaders from the Adjutants General Association, National Guard Association, and Reserve Officers Association during its first public hearing on Tuesday on...

Good on Paper, Not So Much in Practice

Over the past decade, the Air Force has retired nearly a quarter of its legacy aircraft in order to free up resources, testified AFA President Craig McKinley during the first public hearing of the National Commission on the Structure of...

A Cancer within the Ranks

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Tuesday re-emphasized the Air Force’s commitment to combating sexual assault within its ranks and improving care for victims when it does occur. Sexual assault “undermines the mission effectiveness” of the service, Welsh told...

Gorenc Tapped to Lead USAFE

President Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, announced the Pentagon on June 4. Gorenc has been the Air Force’s assistant...

New Air Force Chief Scientist

Mica Endsley became the Air Force’s chief scientist, replacing Mark Maybury, who had held the post since October 2010. She assumed her new responsibilities on June 3, according to a service release. “I deeply respect the challenges and sacrifices that...

The Future of Missile Defense

Missile defense is moving toward a more global, integrated system to counter ballistic missiles as well as cruise missiles, said Army Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command and US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component...

Rolls-Royce C-130 Engine Upgrade Update

Testing and evaluation of Rolls-Royce’s modifications to the legacy T56 turboprop engines on C-130H transports are finished and the company expects to see the completion of military and FAA certifications later this year. “It’s just down to paperwork at this...

Milestones for F-35B

Production of Rolls-Royce’s lift fan for the Marine Corps’ F-35B strike fighter continues to advance, according to Tom Hartmann, the company’s senior vice president for defense. Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., on June 4, Hartmann said the company’s work...