Will the 2021 federal budget allow the Department of Defense (DOD) to satisfy the directives of the National Defense Strategy? The short answer is no—it is too small to pay for the necessary capabilities and capacity to deter and if necessary, defeat, challenges by major-power rivals China and Russia, as well as deal with those posed by Iran, North Korea, and global terrorism, writes retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute.
At long last, the U.S. Air Force has definitively stated it will not procure light attack planes, putting to bed a three-year-long debate about whether to buy upward of 300 low-cost aircraft for the counterterrorism fight.
“While the Air Force is headed in the right direction with the adoption and implementation of the Agile Combat Employment concept, it’s not enough,” writes Maj. Gen. Brian M. Killough, deputy commander of Pacific Air Forces. “To compete in this era of great-power competition, it must rapidly advance these efforts on an operational scale in order to effectively win before fighting and to fight as a joint force if required.”
The Pentagon on Feb. 10 revealed the final paint job plans for the revamped Air Force One presidential aircraft, a red, white, and blue style reminiscent of the planes in President Trump's former airline.
LGBTQ advocates are preparing to go to trial against the U.S. government over its policies on HIV-positive service members. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two young Air Force members who said they were discharged after being diagnosed with HIV in contravention with military rules that do not call for automatic dismissal due to the medical condition.
President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Feb. 10 to pay respects to two U.S. soldiers killed Feb. 8 in Afghanistan when a soldier dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire with a machine gun.
The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.
Hundreds of people refused to let a snowstorm keep them from laying to rest a Colorado veteran who would have had no mourners. Clyde Baldwin served in the Air Force for 20 years from 1950 to 1970—a period that included the Korean and Vietnam wars, according to reports. He was 91. The large crowd answered a call from a local VFW post requesting their attendance because Baldwin's only relative was unable to make it.
The 2020 Indycars feature a new Aeroscreen windshield that makes them resemble a military jet, and one is going all-in. Conor Daly’s U.S. Air Force-sponsored Chevrolet features the tiger shark teeth often seen on World War II P-40 Warhawks and A-10 Warthog fighter-bombers, the Air Force Academy’s lightning bolt logo, and red and white stripes that harken back to the aircraft flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps prior to the establishment of the U.S. Air Force.