HAC Releases 2016 Defense Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee released the defense subcommittee’s draft of the Fiscal 2016 defense spending bill on Tuesday, which includes $578.6 billion in discretionary funds—an increase of $24.4 billion above Fiscal 2015 funding levels and $800 million above the President’s...

Planning for the Future

The Air Force recently stood up the first Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team—a “wide pool” of experts across the service, known as the air superiority 2030 team, tasked by Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to consider USAF’s future air superiority...

Next Generation Radar Decision Remains in Limbo

Raytheon is appealing a decision by a federal claims court, which cleared the way for the Air Force to review bids by rival companies for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar system, company spokesman Michael Nachschen told Air Force Magazine. The...

Luke’s Lightning School Hits the Books

The F-35 schoolhouse at Luke AFB, Ariz., began training its first formal class of student pilots earlier this month, officials announced. “The pilots going through the training right now are going to be staying here at Luke to be instructors,”...

A “Pain and No Gain” Approach to Missile Defense

Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, strongly cautioned potential adversaries against shooting missiles at the US or its allies. “We want potential adversaries to know that not only is there a price for attacking us...

Hill’s Helping Hand to Lightning’s IOC

The Air Force’s Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah, is upgrading and modifying two of the Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning IIs to help the service hit its F-35 initial operating capability target in July. “The F-35 program is...

Airmen Support Operation Sahayogi Haat

The 36th Contingency Response Group has helped the Nepal army download four million pounds of cargo from 80 aircraft since arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 5, according to a May 18 release. That’s the...