The China Aerospace Studies Institute at Air University has published a history of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, examining China's air force strategy, doctrine, organizational structure, personnel, education, training, and military diplomacy and exchanges. Written by retired Maj. Ken Allen, former U.S. assistant air attaché in Beijing, and analyst Cristina Garafola, it also explores future directions the PLAAF may pursue before it turns 80 in 2029.
Before its first satellites are on orbit, the Space Development Agency is reaching out to industry for feedback on how it should upgrade its communications standards for its second generation of satellites.
The Air Force has identified 24 foundational competencies for all Airmen, as part of a systematic competency-based approach to develop the force. These competencies are universally applicable to all Airmen and are categorized into four groups: Developing self, developing others, developing ideas, and developing organizations.
Russian fighter planes, bombers, and surveillance aircraft were intercepted over the Baltic Sea by NATO F-16s and Eurofighter planes, NATO said on April 21.
About one-third of respondents to a new Air Force diversity survey say they fear reprisal if they report discrimination, harassment or other poor treatment in their unit.
Militaries are sometimes criticized for planning to fight the last war. The criticism is occasionally warranted, as might be the case in analyzing the efficacy of the World War I-inspired Maginot Line against a World War II-style Blitzkrieg, or planning for anticipated force-on-force set piece battles in Vietnam in the midst of a guerilla war. However, the criticism is often misguided.
NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the U.S. space agency said on April 21.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that final rules announced in December took effect on April 21 allowing for small drones to fly over people and at night, a significant step toward their eventual use for widespread commercial deliveries.
“I think the countries to the north of Afghanistan such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan are also going to be worried about the flows of refugees and perhaps fighters to the north. All of them will see what happens after we leave, how the United States postures itself, and then they’ll decide what to do," Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, U.S. Central Command boss, said.
The United States has a history of big, bold initiatives. Americans as individuals, however, have largely forgotten them.
The Space Force is standing up a new procurement organization and taking other actions to speed up acquisitions of cutting-edge technology from the commercial space industry. But change won’t happen overnight due to the military’s deeply ingrained culture, said Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force.
The Space Force is working to expand acquisition of commercial space services from satellite communications to include intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data and analysis, officials say.
Discussions are underway among military planners with the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul for a possible withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan as early as July 4, Germany’s Defense Ministry said April 21.
Israel has dramatically expanded air strikes on suspected Iranian missile and weapons production centres in Syria to repel what it sees as a stealthy military encroachment by its regional arch-enemy, Western and regional intelligence sources say.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the first space shuttle orbital launch and landing, the Los Angeles–Las Vegas Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics convened an online panel of authors and editors to offer their evaluations on the Space Shuttle era.