In the summer of 2018, the Air Force’s top commander said he had “high confidence” that a research team had finally figured out why the service’s basic training aircraft, the T-6A Texan II, suffered repeated failures of its cockpit oxygen system. But the problem has persisted, even as inexperienced pilots are still learning to solo over populated areas near San Antonio and other cities.
Federal employees interested in working for the military’s newest, space-focused branch now have opportunities to do so, as the Air Force posted several civilian positions on the federal hiring website to draw talent specifically for the Space Force headquarters. The positions all start at GS-12 and above, and are not open to the public, meaning that the Air Force plans to hire current and former feds, military veterans, and family members of feds or military members serving overseas.
The Air Force is looking to build a long-term partnership with an industry provider as it seeks to upgrade the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System to transmit and receive fifth-generation fighter platform sensor data. AWACS can already exchange Link 16 messages at the "collateral secret level," but now the Air Force wants the Boeing-built surveillance aircraft to receive and display Link 16 data at the "U.S.-only secret level from separately encrypted network participation groups," according to a request for information released Jan. 27.
Special Operations Command Review Finds Deployment and Leadership Issues but No 'Systemic Ethics Problem'
The long-awaited Special Operations Command's ethics review has finally been released, which argues that there is no "systemic ethics problem" in the special operations community while acknowledging a range of underlying problems stemming from a high operations tempo and insufficient leadership.
The Air Force will hold its first official industry day on its emerging battle management, command and control system for multi-domain operations on Jan. 29. While a number of companies—ranging from defense primes Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to commercial startups such as Ghost Robotics of Philadelphia—brought equipment to the first multi-service exercise of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System Dec. 16-18, the industry day at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, will be the first time potential vendors will be provided a comprehensive picture of the multi-faceted concept, according to an announcement by Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).
Raytheon has won a $197 million US Air Force contract to design a ground system that will be used to collect and process data from missile warning satellites, the company announced Jan. 28. The five-year contract—a two-year base period plus options—is to develop what the Air Force calls the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution, or FORGE. Raytheon beat competitors BAE Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The Air Force’s top military official says creating the Space Force is a delicate balancing act as officials grapple with how to nest the new service within the larger Air Force organization.
The Washington Nationals, winners of baseball's 2019 World Series, brought the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Trophy to the Pentagon on Jan. 27 so baseball fans inside the US defense headquarters could get their pictures taken with it. "The Nationals have a long-standing connection to the military and the civilians that support them," Gregory McCarthy, the team’s senior vice president for community relations, said in a Defense Department release. "We like to say this trophy was earned by the 25 guys on the field who dedicated their lives and training, but it belongs to our fans. It belongs to the military and the civilians that support them."