The blowback over the US killing of a top Iranian general mounted Jan. 5 as Iran announced it will no longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal and Iraq’s Parliament called for the expulsion of all American troops from Iraqi soil.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a veteran Iraqi militant who was closely allied with Iran and rose to be a senior militia commander during the war against the Islamic State group, was killed Jan. 3 in a US strike that also felled Iran’s top general. Al-Muhandis was the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite paramilitaries.
This scenario is a drill, a 24-hour exercise meant to test the ability of the 618th’s Air Operations Center to respond to degraded communications that could arise from situations ranging from a power outage to a coordinated cyber attack by an adversary nation.
The Air Force is looking to sell Saudi Arabia communications and intelligence systems on an expedited delivery schedule to bolster the country's integrated air and missile defense, according to a recent notice.
The United Kingdom is pursuing ambitious plans for new satellite launch capabilities while increasing collaboration with its US ally in space. The desire for closer ties was made clear on a chilly day in November when the Royal Navy hosted its second annual Atlantic Future Forum onboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth, which was anchored off the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The Air Force Aid Society's Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grant application window is now open for the 2020-2021 academic year. Eligible recipients have until April 30 to submit applications.
In preparation for its 75th anniversary, Sept. 18, 2022, the Air Force is soliciting birthday theme ideas from Total Force airmen and civilians. Concepts for the 75th birthday theme should consider inclusiveness of multi-domain operations, capture airmen’s innovation, and reflect the Air Force’s heritage over the last 75 years. The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in September 2020, to attend the 75th Air Force birthday celebration and meet the CSAF and CMSAF.