Space Surveillance Satellites Launched into Orbit

The Air Force and its industry partners on Monday launched the first two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket fired from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The mission successfully went off...

Carlisle Cleared for ACC, Robinson for PACAF

? The Senate has confirmed Gen. Hawk Carlisle to take over Air Combat Command and Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson to replace Carlisle as Pacific Air Forces commander, announced Air Force officials on Monday. The Senate confirmation votes took place on...

US Intelligence: Russian Rockets Struck Ukraine

? The United States accused Russia of aiding pro-Russia separatist rebels in Ukraine by firing rockets into Ukrainian territory from positions in Russia. The State Department released satellite imagery from last week that it claimed showed rocket impacts near Ukrainian...

F-16s Covered US Embassy Evacuation from Tripoli

? F-16s flying from Aviano AB, Italy, provided protective watch from above as the US military assisted in evacuating personnel, including the Marine Corps security guards, from the US embassy in Tripoli, Libya, according to a Pentagon release. The State...

Air Force Eyes Dynamic Cyberdefense Command and Control

? The Air Force has asked industry for ideas on creating the command and control of a “proactive defense” against cyber threats. The presolicitation notice, dated July 23, outlines service officials’ interest in finding contractors to help identify a C2...

Agreement Reached on VA Reform Bill

? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the heads of the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees, respectively, on Monday announced that House and Senate conferees have agreed on VA reform legislation. “This bill makes certain that...

Potential C-130 Sale to Philippines

As part of an effort to expand defense cooperation with the United States and modernize its military forces, the Philippine armed forces has asked to acquire two surplus C-130T transports under a foreign military sale, announced the Pentagon. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential sale on July 23. The two airplanes, along with spare engines and logistics and sustainment support for three years, would cost an estimated $61 million, according to DSCA's release. The Philippines already has several C-130s in its inventory (two H models and one older B model), but the extra airplanes would build the country's maritime domain security capacity and bolster its airlift fleet, states the release. These aircraft would be vital to future humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief operations both in the country "and the wider region, thereby reducing the potential level of US assistance requested/needed for these purposes," it states. The announcement came just days after Philippine air force officials visited Pacific Air Forces headquarters at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for so-called airman-to-airman talks.

Raytheon Chairman Retiring

? William Swanson, Raytheon’s board chairman, will retire on Sept. 30 after more than 10 years in that position, announced the company on Monday. Thomas Kennedy, the company’s chief executive officer, will replace him. Swanson has been with Raytheon since...