Registration is now open for the Air Force Association's 2021 Virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium (vAWS) being held Feb. 24-26, with access to view the platform opening on Feb. 22. The theme of the symposium is “Accelerate and Innovate: Actualizing the Nation’s Need for Dominant Air and Space Forces.” The event will provide Airmen, Guardians, and industry leaders direct insights into the plans, policies, and vision of Air Force and Space Force leadership, and emerging trends and developments in aerospace technology.
Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dozens named in the most comprehensive roster published to date of who will be running DOD when the President-elect is sworn in.
As the Air Force‘s top technology and acquisition official departs the Pentagon at the end of the Trump administration, he’s leaving with a final message: Stay agile or lose to China.
Gain an insider's perspective on Operation Desert Storm from the Airmen who planned and executed the 1991 air war in the latest “Aerospace Advantage” podcast from AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Retired Air Force Gen. Mike Loh joins the architect of the air combat plan, Mitchell Institute Dean and retired USAF Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, along with retired USAF Col. John Warden, to explain the key actions the Air Force took in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. This episode is the first of three "Aerospace Advantage" podcasts devoted to the story behind Operation Desert Storm, each featuring Airmen who contributed to the historic air campaign.
The Department of the Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2021, including an expanded PALACE CHASE program and limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers. These programs provide provisions for both enlisted and officer members who meet specified criteria. The application window runs Jan. 20 – April 2. “Voluntary force management programs provide Airmen with flexible options to retire, separate or affiliate at times that suit their personal circumstances and allow the Department of the Air Force to balance certain specialties to ensure we meet the needs of the high-end fight,” said Col. Richard Cole, Military Sustainment and Transition Program Division chief.
Iran’s military kicked off a ground forces drill on Jan. 19 along the coast of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported, the latest in a series of snap exercises the country is holding amid escalating tensions over its nuclear program and Washington’s pressure campaign against Tehran.
The $90 million Osprey was operating under low-light conditions and doing full “brownout” landings in which the crew, wearing night vision, had zero visibility of the landing zone. Further inspection found a bearing that controls the pitch of the blade was falling apart, which Lt. Col. Brett Cassidy, the commander of the 71st Special Operations Squadron, estimated would have broken down completely after roughly an hour in the air. “If the aircraft had continued not to report, and the aircrew hadn’t noticed the vibrations, it would’ve been a catastrophic failure,” he said. “That would’ve been a loss of the aircraft and crew.”
The aim is to promote international collaboration and push forward new and needed technological developments.
A venture to launch small satellites using a rocket fired from a converted jumbo jet deployed 10 tiny ones into orbit for the first time Jan. 18, providing a big boost for the startup founded by entrepreneur Richard Branson. The successful demonstration flight by Southern-California-based Virgin Orbit, nearly eight months after a botched test, lifts the company into the select group of small-satellite launch providers able to offer flight-proven hardware.
Maxar Technologies said Jan. 19 it has named Heather A. Wilson, the former Air Force Secretary, to its board of directors.
A 2009 Air Force Academy graduate is the first female amputee in the Air Force to return to flying duty after a devastating accident. Maj. Christy Wise was paddleboarding in Florida in 2015 when a boat propeller hit her. She lost her right leg.