Father Time is catching up to the US Air Force’s E-4B Nightwatch, the so-called doomsday plane that would direct American forces during a nuclear war and, more prosaically, has been the long-haul ride of choice for several defense secretaries.
The US Air Force is continuing to update its stockpile of 30,000-pound class Massive Ordnance Penetrator bunker busters, or MOPs, and bring older MOPs up to the latest standard, also known as the GBU-57E/B. This comes as Iran has announced that it will begin injecting uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo—the kind of prospective target that drove the development of the MOP in the first place—a significant breach of the controversial 2015 international agreement over the country's nuclear program.
The 920th Rescue Wing is celebrating the legacy of its HC-130P/N combat-rescue fleet as the wing expects to receive a replacement fleet of HC-130J in the Spring of 2020. This new airframe, HC-130J, will not only replace the legacy HC-130 fleet but with its arrival also comes the elimination of two aviation career fields: Flight Engineer and Airborne Mission Systems Specialist.
President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether US troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian, or other forces if they threaten the oil, US officials said.
China is exporting drones that it advertises as having lethal autonomy to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 5. It’s the first time that a senior Defense official has acknowledged that China is selling drones capable of taking life with little or no human oversight.
When he formally assumes his new duties next month as senior enlisted adviser to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, CMSgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez will bring with him a penchant for blunt talk, a fixation on maintaining military standards, and a focus on discipline that’s been honed over three decades.
With an eye on China, the US Senate’s top Democrat is floating plans for a new, deep-pocketed agency to invest $100 billion into cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing, robotics, and fifth-generation networking known as 5G.
Project NEXUS, a beta test program designed with the intent to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for airmen in their day-to-day workplaces, graduated its first class here Nov. 4.
All Quacked Out: World War II-Era Duck Boats Have Seemingly Taken Their Last Ride In Washington, D.C.
The ducks weren’t designed to carry quacking tourists, but rather weapons and wartime supplies. They were first used en masse—thousands of them—during the Allies’ invasion of Sicily in 1943, the first step in the overthrow of Mussolini’s fascist regime in Italy. The ducks also played a key role during D-Day, when the Allies invaded France and took on the Nazis.