US, Philippines Enhance Defense Cooperation

As President Obama touched down in Manila on Monday, the Philippine government unveiled a wide-ranging update to the country’s security cooperation with the United States. The Philippine-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement provides “new momentum for our partnership and opens up...

Analysis: Complex North Korean Nuclear Test Nearing

Increased activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, including the presence of command and control vehicles, raised alarms just prior to President Obama’s visit to South Korea last week. While the activity attracted high-level criticism from Obama and South...

Snake-Eating Standup

Officials activated the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, elevating the unit from a detachment to a full-up squadron, in a ceremony at Cannon AFB, N.M. The unit, activated on April 24, is comprised of pararescue personnel, combat controllers, tactical air controllers,...

Air Force Broadcasts New GPS Navigation and Safety Signals

Air Force Space Command is beginning to beam civilian navigation and safety messages from GPS satellites capable of handling the new broadcast signals, announced the Pentagon. The new messaging capability entails use of the L2C commercial signal and L5 safety-of-life...

Maritime Radar Modes Tested on Global Hawk

The Air Force completed the first test flight of maritime surveillance modes on the radar of the RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 40 remotely piloted aircraft, announced service officials on Monday. “We’re very pleased with the initial results of the test...

F.E. Warren Tests Minuteman Reliability

Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., conducted a Simulated Electronic Launch-Minuteman test to assess the reliability of the Minuteman III ICBM, according to a base release. “We evaluated six launch facilities from their day-to-day operational...

Weather Satellite Design Passes Review

Millennium Space Systems of Los Angeles completed a preliminary design review with the Air Force for a quick-launch, affordable weather satellite to replace the Defense Department’s current meteorological spacecraft, announced the company on Monday. “Our work for the Air Force...

Lajes Field Adjusts Base Services

Officials with the 65th Air Base Wing at Lajes Field in the Portuguese Azores announced changes to base services due to the base’s demographics shift. Since August 2013, Lajes’ population has changed from a 3:2 ratio of accompanied airmen and...

Missing Vietnam War Airman’s Remains Identified

Defense Department forensic scientists identified the remains of Capt. Douglas D. Ferguson, 24, of Tacoma, Wash., a fighter pilot missing in action since the Vietnam War, announced the Pentagon. They have returned the remains to Ferguson’s family; Ferguson’s burial with...