Policy for Deadly RPA Strikes Released

After years of lawsuits and public pressure on the Obama administration to provide the legal basis for its lethal strikes by remotely piloted aircraft against terrorists, the White House has released a previously secret “playbook” explaining the criteria and process...

Capture Preferred Over Lethal Strikes

Some critics of the Obama administration’s aggressive use of remotely piloted aircraft to kill high-level terrorists complain that the practice precludes the opportunity to gain valuable intelligence by capturing and interrogating them. But the newly released presidential policy guidance on...

RIMPAC 16 an “Unqualified Success”

The massive Rim of the Pacific 2016 international maritime exercise involving 40 naval vessels, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel from 26 nations has concluded and declared “an unqualified success,” by Vice Adm. Nora Tyson. Tyson, commander of the...

Coalition Destroys Dozens of ISIS Oil Tankers

US-led coalition aircraft continued to target oil infrastructure held by ISIS, with weekend airstrikes destroying 83 oil tankers in Syria. The coalition has continually hit the oil infrastructure in an attempt to disrupt the money-making system in Syria that ISIS...

China Flies Patrols Over South China Sea

China said on Saturday that it flew a fleet of bombers, fighters, and other aircraft over contested areas in the South China Sea in a show of force over a region that has flared tensions internationally. The aircraft, including H-6K...

Colorado Guard Deploys to Hungary

Eight F-16s and more than 200 airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard recently deployed to Hungary for training and support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The airmen from the 140th Wing at Buckley AFB are conducting training and familiarization events...

DARPA Seeks Cyber Bots to Protect Networks

A competition conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated that carefully programmed machines independently could find and fix software safety problems in a widely used computer code. DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge final phase had seven teams participating in...

Raptors Over Georgia

Fighter squadrons, including a class of F-22 student pilots, from across the East Coast recently convened in Georgia for the Air National Guard’s largest fighter integration and air-to-air training exercise. The event, Sentry Savannah 16-3, included F-22s along with T-38s,...