If It Looks Like A Duck

Though he’ll leave such a declaration to “diplomatic leaders,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said it seems like the US may be in a new Cold War with China and/or Russia, based on the behavior of those...

It’s Still All About the Stealth

Despite comments from naval aviation leaders in recent months that stealth has become irrelevant, it remains the key ingredient in new combat aircraft design, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Wednesday. “Stealth has not gone by the wayside. The...

Cigar Optional

Clarifying recent comments that he wants incoming Air Force Global Strike Command chief Gen. Robin Rand to be another Curtis LeMay, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Wednesday the comparison he intended was in terms of Air Force leadership....

Who Chooses? It’s a Secret

The Air Force won’t say who the source selection authority is for the Long-Range Strike Bomber, but it’s not Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, he said Wednesday. “I’m completely isolated from that,” he told reporters in Washington, D.C. “I...

NORAD Requests F-16 AESA

US Northern Command issued an exigent request for F-16 active electronically scanned array radars to equip alert fighters defending the homeland. “I actually submitted that urgent need today,” NORAD-NORTHCOM Commander Adm. Bill Gortney said in an April 7 Pentagon briefing....

CENTCOM Updates OIR Figures

US Central Command has freshly updated its airstrike damage assessments from Operation Inherent Resolve, showing a total of 5,547 targets hit in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, up from 5,314 less than a month ago. The heaviest hit targets...

Fuel Atonement

Lockheed Martin agreed to a $2 million settlement to resolve allegations that it overbilled the Air Force for fuel used to test-out C-130s prior to delivery, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia stated. “The settlement reflects...

Falcon 9 Shadow Launch

The 45th Space Wing oversaw the launch of the first Air Force-procured SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for a civil mission as a dry run ahead of the company’s national security launch certification. “On-ramping a new launch vehicle provider is a...