Welsh’s Assumptions

When the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1—just 12 days from now—and soon after, many governmental financial gears will be grinding, possibly to a halt. The continuing resolution under which the government has been operating in lieu of a...

An Advocate for the F-35

Deborah James, Air Force Secretary nominee, said on Thursday the F-35 strike fighter has been an “enormously expensive program,” but is integral to the United States maintaining air superiority. Addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee at her Sept. 19 confirmation...

The Worst Case May Become the Likely Case

It doesn’t look like the Defense Department is going to be getting any clarity on its Fiscal 2014 budget soon, so the Air Force is being forced to plan for the worst-case situation, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh....

A Bleak Forecast

If budget sequestration continues—as most suspect it will—there’ll be an impact to every single Air Force modernization and recapitalization program, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told members of the House Armed Services Committee. In fact, “as many as 50...

Dealing with Boredom

The Air Force has to create a “dramatically different” sense of normalcy for airmen returning home from Afghanistan, CMSAF James Cody told reporters at AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. To help prevent airmen from getting...

Saving the New Galaxies

One mobility program the Air Force is not considering for cutback is the C-5M Super Galaxy upgrade, said Air Mobility Command chief Gen. Paul Selva. The C-5M is achieving “80 percent plus” reliability rates and is a “magnificent” performer operationally,...

How the KC-46A Program Dealt with Furloughs

The Defense Department and Congress made sure that the KC-46A tanker program received “the dollars” it needed to get through its critical design review despite budget sequestration, said Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force’s program executive officer for tankers....

Cyber Path to the Future

National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass said he wants to “buy in” to the cyber mission and stay “extremely close” to the Air Force’s and Army’s work in this domain. Addressing AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference in...

Virtual Flying States

Some states struggling to keep an Air National Guard manned flying mission may see remotely piloted aircraft operations come their way, said National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Frank Grass. If the Budget Control Act stays as is, the Guard...