Allvin and Thompson

Senate Confirms New Vice Chiefs for Air, Space Forces

The Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. David W. Allvin as the next Air Force Vice Chief of Staff on Sept. 30, while also approving his promotion to four-star general. Allvin will replace current VCSAF Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson, who became the second-highest officer in July 2016 and is the longest-serving vice chief in the service's history, according to the Air Force. Senators also approved Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson's promotion to be the first four-star Vice Chief of Space Operations.
ANG KC-46

Electrical Problems Delay Delivery of KC-46 to New Hampshire

Boeing has delayed the delivery of one KC-46 tanker to the New Hampshire Air National Guard because of an electrical problem on the airplane, though the company says it's a limited issue that will not broadly affect the schedule for the problem-ridden program. This particular KC-46, set to be the eighth for the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, is delayed because of the “minor electrical problem on this airplane that was found by our rigorous acceptance testing process,” Boeing said in a statement. The company believes there is a poor electrical connection that needs to be removed and reinstalled.
XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator

‘Air Force We Need 2.0’ Exploring Low-Cost, Unmanned Aircraft

Low-cost, attritable aircraft will likely reshape the fleet design outlined in “The Air Force We Need” white paper of 2018, panelists said during an Oct. 1 event hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. The technology's rapid advance is causing service force designers to consider mixed or composite squadrons that pair unmanned systems with fighters like the F-35. Rapid experiments and fielding will drive new concepts that will support an “Air Force We Need 2.0,” they said.

Space Systems Command to Stand Up in 2021

The Space Force will stand up its Space Systems Command to oversee software and hardware acquisition “sooner rather than later” in 2021, the service’s second-highest uniformed official said Oct. 1. Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson said during a Defense One event that the new systems management organization is moving slower than the groups that will oversee training and operations because the Space Force is still deciding which Army and Navy assets will join the new service. That will offer a clearer picture of how everything can fit together.
100th ARW KC-135s conduct elephant walk during Exercise Wolff Pack

Tankers Practice Speedy Deployment in European Refueling Exercise

KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, U.K., practiced supporting other aircraft in "Exercise Wolff Pack," a multinational event over Europe that ended Oct. 1. The three-day effort vetted the wing’s ability to deploy its aircraft to multiple places across Europe “in order to protect and defend partners, allies, and U.S. interests at a moment’s notice” and sharpen the agile combat employment (ACE) construct, wing spokesperson Capt. Shelley A. Spreier told Air Force Magazine in a Sept. 30 email. ACE is the Air Force's effort to move troops and planes around the globe quickly and with less reliance on brick-and-mortar installations, to be more responsive and resilient if bases are threatened. Twelve KC-135s also took part in a Sept. 29 "elephant walk."

Virtual Events: USAFA Superintendent on Mitchell’s ‘Aerospace Nation,’ and More

On Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. EST, the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies will host USAFA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark on the next installment of its “Aerospace Nation” series. Clark will share his insights into how the Academy is preparing cadets to face today's global challenges, the implications of the creation of the Space Force for the Academy, what it means to accelerate change in an educational institution, and other Academy priorities. Advanced registration is required. Sign up here.

Radar Sweep

Speaker Sessions from AFA’s vASC Now Available

Air Force Magazine

Now you can view video and transcripts from the Air Force Association’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference, including a keynote from Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, and panels on information warfare and joint all-domain command and control. More videos will be added daily.

Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19

Air Force Magazine

Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pentagon Transitioning its COVID-19 Acquisition Task Force to Permanent Office

Federal News Network’s “Federal Drive with Tom Temin” podcast

The Joint Acquisition Task Force the Pentagon set up to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going away, even when the pandemic finally does. Defense officials have decided to turn it into a permanent assisted acquisition organization to help other federal agencies deal with complex procurement problems.

Rockets Strike Iraqi Base Where US Troops Are Located, US Defense Official Says

CNN

Six rockets landed near Erbil International Airport in the semiautonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on Sept. 30, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government. A US defense official with direct knowledge of the latest reports told CNN initial indicators are that three rockets struck a base where U.S. troops are located, with additional rockets hitting outside the base. There are no reports of U.S. injuries or damage so far.

JEDI Delay Doesn’t Derail DOD Cloud: Pentagon CIO

Breaking Defense

After months of delays from a still-unfinished court battle, the long-awaited JEDI cloud contract will be neither irrelevant nor overtaken by events when it finally arrives, Pentagon Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said Sept. 30. In fact, Deasy told the Defense Writers Group, while JEDI itself is in legal limbo, the Defense Department is doing all it legally can to lay the groundwork for a swift adoption as soon as the judge permits.

B-52 Stratofortress Experienced Emergency over England Friday

Air Force Times

Erica Vega, a spokeswoman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, confirmed the emergency in a Sept. 29 email. The bomber—one of six B-52s from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., that traveled to England in August—landed safely at RAF Fairford, U.K. without the crew suffering any injuries.

The JADC2 Revolution

Air Force Magazine

U.S. forces are redefining joint operations to be more tightly integrated. Joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) accelerates the speed and complexity of warfare by tying forces together across the air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. For the latest on what this means to operators and the industry, check out our JADC2 landing page.

NDIA Names Punaro Chair

Inside Defense

The National Defense Industrial Association said retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro will become chair of its board, effectively immediately.

SPONSORED: For Active or Retired Military, Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Offers Peace of Mind

Air Force Magazine

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program—created specifically for the federal family—offers active duty and retired members of the uniformed services the opportunity to help take control of their future long term care needs with long term care insurance. Designed to be both comprehensive and flexible, the plan provides insurance coverage for qualified long term care services, including the type of care you may receive and where you receive it.

OPINION: How to Trim the Defense Budget Without Harming US Security

Foreign Policy

“The first step is deciding what the United States wants its military to do,” write Elbridge Colby, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development, Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Roger Zakheim, director of the Reagan Institute.