Report Advocates Overhaul of Combatant Commands

A panel of former senior military and diplomatic officials is advocating a substantial change to the organization and focus of the military’s geographic combatant commands, arguing the current structure and function “are relics of a bygone era.” The report, issued...

Prudent Planners

Air Force Space Command boss Gen. William Shelton said he does not expect any changes to the current launch schedule despite uncertainty surrounding the supply of the Russian-made RD-180 engine, which powers United Launch Alliance rockets. The US has a...

Strategic Agility Rollout

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh are expected to unveil the service’s new “Strategic Agility” roadmap on July 30 at the Pentagon. The document is the culmination of months of work and seeks...

MH-17 Black Boxes Secured

An agreement was unveiled Tuesday for the safe transport of bodies and the “black boxes” of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 from the rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine following high-level diplomacy between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and separatist leader Alexander...

McDonald One Step Closer to Leading the VA

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Tuesday considered the nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Acknowledging the “monumental task” that would be putting together the scandal-wrecked agency, the members of...

Attitude Gyro Failure Caused QF-4E Crash

Failure of the pitch and roll attitude gyro caused the crash of a QF-4E Phantom II serving as an unmanned aerial target on Feb. 7, according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation report, released July 22. The Phantom was...