Former SECAF Heather A. Wilson

Former SECAF Sees More Opportunity for Military Reform

Nearly 18 months out of office, former Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson indicated the service has more work to do on the reforms she championed over the course of two years. Wilson, now president of the University of Texas at El Paso, pursued multiple pet projects in the top civilian post. Three of those initiatives can go further, she said Oct. 22 during a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Air Force Hair Regulations

USAF Asks Airmen for Input on Women’s Hair Regulations

The Air Force Women’s Initiative Team has launched a survey to get female Airmen’s feedback on whether and how USAF should change its rules for how women can wear their hair while in uniform. The Women’s Initiative Team will use the data “to educate Air Force General Officers on what female Airmen desire for hair standards” during the service’s next uniform board, which is slated for Nov. 2-5, the page states. Only female Active duty, Guard, and Reserve Airmen serving within the Air Force may take part, and responses will be kept anonymous.
Arctic Survival Kit

Eielson F-35s Get Arctic Survival Kits

Arctic survival kits are the newest feature on the Air Force's F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The F-35 was not designed to carry sleeping bags and other equipment to protect pilots if they need to eject into the brutal Arctic temperatures, which regularly dip to -40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Alaska-based Airmen had to figure out how to fit roughly 10 pounds of survival gear into a 5-pound sack attached to the F-35’s ejection seat.
Nevada, Wyoming Air National Guards assist with Holy Fire

Citing Wildfires, Western Senators Lobby for Nevada C-130 Upgrades

Four Democratic senators are pushing the Air Force to send eight C-130J aircraft to the Nevada Air National Guard to bolster firefighting missions as the American West continues to suffer from devastating wildfires. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen of Nevada, and Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California—the Democratic candidate for vice president—argue that upgrading the Reno, Nev., base’s C-130H fleet with newer C-130Js will help the Guard extinguish fires in Western states. Air National Guard officials want to replace 1970s-era H-model planes with 24 newer C-130Js across three locations.

Virtual Events: 6th Annual Schriever Space Forum, and More

On Nov. 20, the Air Force Association's Schriever Chapter will host the 6th Annual Schriever Space Futures Forum—a live, virtual event—featuring appearances by Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John E. Hyten, Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, and incoming U.S. Space Command boss Lt. Gen. (sel.) John E. Shaw. Register for free here.

Radar Sweep

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.

DOD IG Cancels Audit of Military's Efforts to Address Cyber Vulnerabilities in Weapon Programs

Inside Defense

The Defense Department inspector general has terminated an audit of what DOD did to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified during the testing and evaluation of acquisition programs, citing the effects of COVID-19. The objective of the canceled audit was to "determine whether DOD components took action to accept, mitigate, or remediate cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified during cybersecurity test and evaluations of DOD acquisition programs," Carol Gorman, assistant inspector general for the cyberspace operations, wrote in an Oct. 16 memo.

Data Organization Is Holding Back the Advanced Battle Management System

Federal News Network

The Air Force’s top general says moving data and making it accessible is the most important and most challenging task for the service as it continues its effort to set up the Advanced Battle Management System. That program is a key component of joint all-domain command and control—the military’s attempt at an all-seeing eye for warfare that will incorporate artificial intelligence and real time knowledge to make decisions and facilitate attacks.

Journey to JADC2

Air Force Magazine

Joint all-domain command and control is driving change throughout the Air and Space Forces. Read our latest on the quest for greater interconnectedness across the battlefield.

CSAF Brown Hedges on 386 Squadron Goal

Breaking Defense

“I think about, more so, what is the capability that would give me the equivalent of 386? What things can I do?” he told the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Oct. 21. “Some of that may not be exquisite and expensive; it may be doing things differently.”

One More Thing

Air Force Seeks Computer-Brain Interface

Military Times

Air Force researchers are actively working on creating an interface between the human brain and computers to improve airmen’s ability to learn and make more rapid, effective decisions. The Air Force Research Laboratory recently announced its efforts in developing an “augmented learning platform” to essentially non-invasively make the brain more receptive to soaking up information in the process of learning.