Japanese Lawmakers Pass Security Legislation

The Japanese parliament passed a bill in the early hours of Sept. 19 to liberalize post World War II restrictions on the use of Japan’s military forces around the world, enshrining one of the key policy changes introduced by Prime...

AFSOC Submits Female Combat Role Recommendations

Air Force Special Operations Command submitted two recommendations on whether to open the last few battlefield career fields to women, and whether to open all AFSOC units to women. “I’ve made that recommendation on the 15th of September.? I can’t...

Experts Defend Nuclear Deterrent Triad

An array of defense experts, ranging from retired Air Force four-stars to members of Congress and academicians, argued Sept. 17 that the nuclear deterrent force is as important to US security today as it was in the Cold War, but...

Beale’s Final MC-12 Sortie

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing flew its final MC-12W Liberty sortie from Beale AFB, Calif., ending Air Combat Command’s operation of the aircraft on Sept. 16. “The MC-12 is a great story because it linked those people in the aircraft with...

Syrian Train-Equip Program to Continue

Just after the leader of US Central Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee that only “four or five” US-trained Syrian fighters remain “in the fight,” the Pentagon press secretary said that while the train-and-equip program “has not met our...

The Russia Calculus in Syria

The introduction of Russian military forces and equipment into the Syrian civil war will make the conflict “far more complicated,” but the long-term impact on the fighting is very unclear, the former head of Air Forces Central Command said at...

Coalition Building in the Middle East

The close cooperation fostered by Operation Inherent Resolve has resulted in better communication and information-sharing practices between the US and its Middle Eastern allies, the former commander of Air Forces Central Command told attendees at AFA’s Air and Space Conference...

F-15Cs Wrap Hungary Trip

A quartet of Oregon Air National Guard F-15Cs and support personnel from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have wrapped up a short visit to Kecskemet AB, Hungary, announced US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa officials Sept. 17. The Air...

Reserve to Send AFROTC Cadets to Pilot Training

Concern for the lack of pilots has become critical enough that “for the first time,” the Air Force Reserve has “selected 40 ROTC cadets to go to pilot training,” said Air Force Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. JJ Jackson at ASC15....