Breedlove Rings Alarm on Ukraine

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove called the buildup of Russian forces along the Ukrainian border “incredibly concerning,” saying Russia has massed enough forces to successfully carry out an “incursion” into Ukraine. “This is a very large...

DMSP-19 Launched from Vandenberg AFB

The 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft successfully launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday morning from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., according to a release. “The launch of DMSP-19 continues the vital weather support to operational commanders for...

Rogers Takes Reins at Cyber Command

Adm. Michael Rogers assumed command of US Cyber Command and became director of the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service, during an April 3 ceremony at Fort Meade, Md. Rogers, who previously commanded the Navy’s 10th Fleet (the...

The QDR, the Pentagon, and Playing Risk

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is not pleased with the recent Quadrennial Defense Review, saying it is a budget-driven exercise that avoids examining long-term strategic challenges. At a Thursday HASC hearing, in his opening statement, he...

Thornberry: Is There Still Value in the QDR?

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) asked senior Defense Department officials Thursday if there was any value to continuing the Quadrennial Defense Review. “I’ve been around for all of these,” he said during an April 3 House Armed Services Committee hearing. “And,...

Hagel, ASEAN Defense Ministers Talk Partnerships

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week to discuss increased partnerships with nations in the region as well as with disaster-relief organizations. Rajiv Shah, administrator of...

Global Hawk Displays Split Link Capability

The RQ-4 Global Hawk recently completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale AFB, Calif., announced Northrop Grumman on April 3. Northrop Grumman worked with the Air Force, at the request of Air Combat Command, to determine whether...

House Appropriations Bill Reduces Milcon Funding in FY ‘15

The House Appropriations Committee released a $71.5 billion bill on Wednesday for Fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs programs. The bill would house, train, and equip military personnel and their families, according to an April 2 committee release. “Our...

Air Force Leaders Encourage Airmen to Keep Core Values

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, and CMSAF James Cody continued their campaign to reinvigorate the service’s core values through a video message to airmen. “Our core values are our first principles, and they...