US Africa Command on Nov. 1 announced that the new base in Agadez, Niger—designed to house armed drones and other aircraft that have been operating out of an international airport in Niamey, Niger’s capital—had begun flying intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions that week. Critically located in central Niger, Air Base 201 is positioned to strike terrorist groups and extremist militants—including fighters affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State group—in countries throughout the Sahel region, which spans the width of the African continent south of the Sahara and includes parts of Mali, Sudan, and Chad.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Nov. 15 to pay more for the cost of stationing US troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian ally, Japan, that Seoul is about to let lapse.
As the European Union releases plans for new ships, drones, and missile defense systems, Washington, D.C., and NATO worry the organization's new weapons may not work seamlessly with the alliance's.
Amazon Web Services is protesting the Pentagon’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract to Microsoft. The company submitted a pre-filing notice Nov. 8 with the Court of Federal Claims, according to an AWS spokesperson.
The Air Force Space Command has introduced a new buzz phrase for space professionals: Space Domain Awareness. SDA is the new term for what used to be SSA, or Space Situational Awareness, Air Force Space Command’s deputy commander Maj. Gen. John Shaw wrote in an Oct. 4 memo.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued new guidelines that will allow athletes attending the nation's military academies to seek waivers to play professional sports immediately upon their graduation.
A new report from the RAND Corp. think tank presents findings and lessons learned from the USAF-sponsored 2017 Air Force Community Feedback Tool, which it describes as “a self-reported needs assessment of Air Force community members” that was aimed at helping service “leaders and service providers in identifying the needs of their communities and prioritizing efforts to address them.”
The Air Force and Air Force Total Force Recruiting were on full display at the Bluegreen Vacations 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix for Veterans Day weekend. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein spent a day at the track visiting with Air Force recruiters, including Air Force Recruiting Service Commander Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt. Goldfein also administered the oath of enlistment to 20 of the newest members of the Air Force inside the track’s infield and met with members of Richard Petty Motor Sports, which Air Force Recruiting has been sponsoring for 11 years.