Combat, Special Ops Roles Opened to Women

The Pentagon will open all military jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Dec. 3. “To succeed in our mission of national defense, we cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half the country’s talents and skills,” Carter said...

Seven Guidelines for Opening Combat Jobs to Women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday outlined seven guidelines for commanders to follow as they deliberately and methodically integrate women into jobs previously closed to them. First, Carter said, “implementation must be pursued with the clear objective of improved force...

Congress Reacts to Women in Combat Decision

Several members of Congress on Thursday applauded Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s decision to open all military positions to women, while the chairmen of the armed services committees said they will carefully review the implementation plans and documentation. “Letting combat-qualified women...

Air Force Expands Base Security

The Air Force has implemented a series of new steps to improve base security following an order from Defense Secretary Ash Carter to improve the safety of military facilities following the July shooting at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn....

James: USAF Needs to Streamline Foreign Sales

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has directed service officials to streamline foreign military sales of Air Force equipment by pre-approving the sales of certain types of equipment and identifying what types of equipment allies should buy. James, speaking Dec....

Trained For Space, By Space

Air Force Space Command recently took responsibility for space operators’ initial qualification training from Air Education and Training Command, according to a Dec. 2 release. AFSPC will now conduct both officer and enlisted undergraduate space weapon system training, as well...

Former Defense Secretary Doubts Real Acquisition Reform

William Perry, who aggressively pushed acquisition reform as Defense Secretary from 1994-97, said he did not believe the widely criticized procurement system can be truly fixed. However, Perry said “there is some hope” because he and Defense Secretary Ash Carter...