Hagel Orders Review of Nuclear Enterprise

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the entire nuclear enterprise, following allegations of cheating and drug use among Air Force launch control officers, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “Secretary Hagel has made...

A Systemic Problem?

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she “picked up on some morale issues” among nuclear launch operators as she spent the week visiting USAF’s three ICBM bases, reported ABC News via the Associated Press. Her trip comes on the...

Setting a Precedent in Asia

US Pacific Command boss Adm. Samuel Locklear gave the military-to-military relationship between the US and the Chinese “a passing grade,” even though the “churn” of events and tensions in East Asia has picked up in the last year. Speaking to...

Rotations and Infrastructure in PACOM

A range of activities with US forces and allied military infrastructure will occur in the coming years as US forces realign to support a ramped up presence in Asia, US Pacific Command boss Adm. Samuel Locklear told Pentagon reporters on...

Fully Charged

Modified batteries on the Air Force’s Global Positioning Systems IIR/IIR-M satellites are expected to extend the life of the fleet by more than 27 cumulative years, announced Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center officials on Jan. 22....

A Gathering of Chiefs

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey attended the 170th Chiefs of Defense Meeting in Brussels this past week where he and the other NATO chiefs discussed the ongoing transition in Afghanistan, cybersecurity, and increased threats...

Pandora’s Boxing Match

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft equipped with the Pandora electronic warfare suite aided in attacking simulated air defenses during a demo at MCAS Yuma, Ariz., Northrop Grumman announced. The MQ-9 worked in tandem with Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler electronic...

Back to Back JASSM

Lockheed Martin is at least nine months behind schedule on initial delivery of some 30 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range cruise missiles to the Air Force, reported Bloomberg. The missiles originally were slated for delivery on Aug. 31, but now...

Buddy Week

US and South Korean F-16 pilots and maintainers paired up at Kunsan AB, Korea, last week to practice for Red Flag later this year. “We want to train together so we understand these subtle differences and fight alongside each other...

Members of Congress Visit Incirlik

Members of Congress visited Incirlik AB, Turkey, to meet with airmen assigned to the 39th Air Base Wing there. During the Jan. 18 visit, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.); Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.); Rep. Ander Crenshaw and Rep. Vern Buchanan, both...