Before Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein retires this summer, he will face an enormous challenge: Selling a fiscal year 2021 budget to Congress filled with the forced retirements of beloved aircraft like the B-1 and A-10 in order to make room for future priorities. Goldfein spoke to Defense News on Feb. 18, ahead of the Air Force Association’s annual air warfare symposium.
The Air Force will release a request for proposals Feb. 25 for a ‘flying car’ that could eventually transport soldiers and supplies to the battlefield, says service acquisition head Will Roper. “Now is the perfect time to make Jetson’s cars real,” with this program, Agility Prime. It “has come a long way,” Roper told reporters.
For some U.S. Air Force leaders, retiring the A-10 Warthog close-air support aircraft was a simple decision. But the seemingly logical proposal launched a years-long firestorm when lawmakers, led by former Air Force Col. Martha McSally, rushed to save the beloved plane from mothballs. Years later, the fleet is being refurbished with new wings instead of being sent to the boneyard. The dramatic A-10 turnaround illustrates how Air Force plans can fail to survive first contact with a Congress with other ideas. And, former officials and experts who spoke with Military.com said, that may be about to happen again.
Two former top special operations officials say their job was too junior and the Pentagon isn’t taking information warfare seriously enough.
More than 50 personnel at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas may have been exposed to dangerous levels of a compound linked to cancer that was found inside an aircraft hangar last year, according to internal memos.
The State of Kuwait’s donation will help build the Memorial at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Cast your vote for your favorite entry in the Air Force Spark Tank 2020 competition now through Feb. 28. Finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to five Air Force senior leadership and industry experts at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. The public will serve as the sixth judge, and the winner will have their project funded by the Air Force.