The report delivered Feb. 3 stresses that the Space Force will not have the traditional layers of bureaucracy that Congress cautioned it did not want to see in the new service. “Building the Space Force from the ground up is an historic opportunity to take a clean sheet approach to designing a 21st century military service with a streamlined organizational structure,” says the report.
The Pentagon will propose retiring many of its older aircraft as new capabilities come online, but the cuts aren’t as steep as initially planned.
The Air Force now has three squadrons of fighter jets deployed to three different countries in the Middle East.
U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike against al-Shabab militants in Somalia on Feb. 4. The strike comes on the heels of several operations and airstrikes in Somalia last month that resulted in the destruction of two al-Shabab compounds. "Armed overwatch and precision engagement capabilities will continue to create big-time challenges for al-Shabab,” U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, AFRICOM’s deputy director of operations, said in a news release Feb. 4.
The Air Force has awarded Google’s cloud business a $2 million contract it hopes will ultimately provide its tens of thousands of airmen more secure, higher-quality data.
Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully flew two autonomously controlled EA-18G Growlers at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, as unmanned air systems using a third Growler as a mission controller for the other two. The flights, conducted during the Navy Warfare Development Command’s annual fleet experiment exercises, proved the effectiveness of technology allowing F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers to perform combat missions with unmanned systems.