Meeting Military Requirements

Options less comprehensive in scope than the Obamas Administration’s current plan for extending the life of the B61 nuclear bomb will not meet the military’s minimum requirements for keeping the aging weapon viable, Gen. Robert Kehler, head of US Strategic...

Clapper Defends Surveillance Activities

James Clapper, national intelligence director, defended US intelligence operations before the House Select Intelligence Committee, deeming them “lawful.” “The rigorous oversight we’ve operated under has been effective,” said Clapper during the Oct. 29 oversight hearing. Committee members met to discuss...

Everyone is Doing It

The practice of spying on foreign allies and partners is common, according to James Clapper, director of national intelligence. “As long as I’ve been in the intelligence business, 50 years, leadership intentions, in whatever form that’s expressed, is kind of...

The Power of Four

The Air Force’s fourth E-11A communications-relay aircraft only recently entered the fleet, but is already making a difference supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, according to officials at Kandahar Airfield, the base from which these airplanes operate. “It’s a beautiful airplane...

JPADS Debuts in Europe during US-Polish Training Exercise

During a two-week training event last month with Polish airmen in Poland, a C-130J aircrew from Ramstein AB, Germany, conducted the first-ever airdrop mission in Europe with the Joint Precision Air Drop System, according to officials. “Because of range restrictions...

Pentagon Discloses Fiscal 2013 Intelligence Funding

The US military spent $18.6 billion on its unclassified and classified intelligence activities in Fiscal 2013, announced the Defense Department on Thursday. Congress originally appropriated $19.2 billion for these activities, known collectively as the Military Intelligence Program, but that amount...

Northrop Grumman Tasked for JSTARS Upgrade

Northrop Grumman received a $43 million contract to retrofit Air Force E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, trainers, and laboratories, announced the company. Under the deal, the company will replace computers in the aircraft’s operator work stations and radar signal processor, states...

Warthogs Find New Home at Davis-Monthan

Five A-10s that, until earlier this year, were assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem, AB, Germany, have found a new home at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., according to a base release. The A-10s arrived on Oct. 25 at the...

HASC Announces Asia Oversight Push

The House Armed Services Committee leadership unveiled the HASC Asia-Pacific Oversight Series, a five-month-long slate of oversight activities focused on the Obama Administration’s Asia-Pacific rebalance. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the HASC seapower and projection forces panel, will lead...

Russia Plans Increased Presence at Kyrgyz Base

Days after the United States announced that it would complete its pullout from the Transit Center at Manas, Krygyzstan, by July 2014, when its lease expires, Russia disclosed its plans to expand its military presence at Kant Air Base in...