Protecting Space Assets

The Air Force is “aggressively” studying the potential threats to its space systems and is working on a range of ways to protect those crucial assets, including the precision navigation and strike capabilities provided by GPS, Air Force Space Command...

Assured Space Launch Requires More than a New Engine

The struggle to maintain assured space launch capability without the Russian-built RD-180 engine, which powers United Launch Alliance rockets, is more complicated than just developing an American-made engine, said Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command. Although the...

Taking Advantage of What’s There

The Air Force is capable of ensuring continuity of space-based global communications in a contested environment for which “you don’t have to go out and buy new things, you just have to take advantage of what’s there,” Air Force Space...

The AirSea Battle Laboratory

Andersen AFB, Guam AirSea Battle may have gotten a new name earlier this year, but the concept is still alive in the Pacific, although its execution remains a bit nebulous, officials told Air Force Magazine during a recent visit here....

Build Up On Guam

Andersen AFB, Guam The strategic importance of Andersen AFB, Guam, is evident as you drive around the base. Almost everywhere one looks here, there is a construction project underway. The Marine Corps has been developing the north ramp in preparation...

Last Pacific MC-130Ps Head to the Boneyard

The last two MC-130Ps stationed in Pacific Air Forces headed off to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., on April 15, making way for the standup of the new MC-130J Commando II fleet at Kadena AB, Japan, according to a...

Aviano Vipers Deploy to Afghanistan

F-16Cs on Monday deployed from Aviano AB, Italy, to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and ongoing coalition capacity building operations there, officials announced. “First and foremost, we’re here to protect the guys on the ground,” 555th...

Dyess Hercs Aid US-British Airdrop Exercises

Airmen and C-130Js from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Texas, flew to Pope Army Airfield, N.C., earlier this month to participate in the Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise (CJOAX) 15-01, where they trained with the US and British...