“Within the Department of the Air Force, we now have two military services and two service chiefs,” writes AFA President retired Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright. “Together, they share one mission: to guarantee that America can count on the professionalism, courage, and experience of our airmen in the Air Force and Space Force to ensure compelling national security and warfighter credibility in air, space, and cyberspace.”
“The best way to deter Iran now is to supplement the power projection capability of US air forces in the region by forward deploying fully armed and loaded stealth B-2 bombers, F-22s, and additional stealth F-35s to the region—the Mullahs will get the message,” writes retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “Peace through strength is key to deterring open conflict with Iran—projecting fear or appeasement is not.”
The SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites scheduled for Jan. 6 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida Space Coast will be the first launch of 2020 and also the 45th Space Wing’s inaugural launch as part of the US Space Force.
When the Brie Larsen blockbuster "Captain Marvel" rolled out earlier this year, the Air Force launched an all-out recruiting effort, hoping to capitalize on the story of female fighter pilot-turned superhero Carol Danvers.
After four years of planning, the 752nd Operations Support Squadron has successfully completed their first live mission on the AN/TYQ-23A weapons system at Tinker Air Force Base. The ground-based weapons system allows squadron members at Tinker AFB to provide command and control to both live and simulated aircraft from around the country.
Global spending on unmanned aerial vehicles is poised for a major expansion in the coming decade as militaries invest about $98 billion in new intelligence gathering and strike capabilities, experts say. The Teal Group, an aerospace and defense industry market analysis firm, expects worldwide research-and-development and procurement spending on drones to rise from a projected $11.1 billion in 2020 to $14.3 billion by 2029—nearly a 30 percent increase.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that purchasing new aircraft to maintain the aviation fleet of the Navy and Marine Corps at its current size would cost about $380 billion (in 2018 dollars) from 2020 to 2050. Annual costs would range from $7 billion to $17 billion.
Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, discusses the latest global security poll unveiled at the opening of the 2019 Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Lt. Col. James Williams, a Douglass High School graduate and Tennessee State University alum, was soon to wrap up his tour when his F-4D Phantom fighter jet got shot down on May 20, 1972. He was part of the US Air Force and US Navy’s bombing campaign against North Vietnam known as Operation Linebacker I.