Hagel Hosts LGBT Pride Month Event at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett and acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning all highlighted the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the military at an LGBT pride event at the Pentagon...

Haney Nominated to Lead STRATCOM

President Obama has nominated Adm. Cecil D. Haney to succeed Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler as commander of US Strategic Command. Kehler has led STRATCOM—one of the Defense Department’s nine unified commands—since January 2011. Haney, a 1978 Naval Academy graduate,...

No Fly Zones Begin At Home

Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the Air Staff, penned a blistering op ed in the Wall Street Journal taking US officials to task for calling for military options in Syria while...

Clarity on Confusion

If used in numbers, the Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft would still be a valuable asset in contested airspace against a sophisticated enemy, said Frank Pace, who leads General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ Aircraft Systems Group. “I don’t think...

Build It and They Will Come, Maybe

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has had a more difficult time generating the same level of interest in its Predator C Avenger jet-powered remotely piloted aircraft over the past few years than when it introduced the Predator B more than a...

The Navy Receives First F-35C

The Navy’s first F-35C carrier variant production aircraft arrived at Eglin AFB, Fla., on June 22, announced manufacturer Lockheed Martin on June 24. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert flew the aircraft, dubbed CF-6, from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth,...

Air Force Recruiting Still Strong

The Air Force’s three components continued to meet their respective recruiting goals through the end of April, according to the Defense Department’s newest recruiting statistics. The Air Force’s Active Duty component brought in 16,537 accessions through April, meeting 100 percent...

UAE Wants Predator Export Model

The United Arab Emirates intends to buy five Predator XP remotely piloted aircraft, the export-approved version of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ Predator A model, said Frank Pace, president of the company’s Aircraft Systems Group. “We just signed a deal recently...

Making Mission Command Work in the Real World

The evolution of mission command over the last two decades has occurred as US and coalition partners have taken on an increasing array of challenges and operations. How the US military and its allies adapt to the circumstances of a...

New Opportunities Abound

Officials at Robins AFB, Ga., and local community leaders signed three memorandums of understanding intended to reduce operating and service costs by sharing resources, according to a base release. Under the initial MOUs—part of the Air Force Community Partnerships Initiative—the...