Staff Sgt. Michael Rogers was watching a Soldier through his night vision goggles when all of a sudden the world blew up. It was 2019, and the Air Force pararescueman was accompanying an Army Special Forces team on a mission to secure a Taliban ammunition dump in Afghanistan. A few Special Forces Soldiers were sorting through a Taliban stockpile of homemade explosives, mortars, and RPGs when it exploded, throwing the mission into chaos.
The Air Force Is Testing Ways to Use the MQ-9 Drone in Island-Hopping Missions The U.S. Air Force's principal hunter-killer drone, used for counterterrorism operations for more than a decade, is expanding its sea legs. The service is finishing up another Agile Reaper exercise with the Navy and Marine Corps this week, during which it has tested how quickly Airmen can launch, recover, and rearm the MQ-9 Reaper for its next mission, according to officials from the 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
Nuclear modernization is key to maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrence capability. Matthew Kroenig and Matthew Costlow, two established experts in nuclear deterrence strategy and policy, join the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies to discuss the modernization of the ICBM force; how our nuclear deterrent affects our allies, partners, and adversaries; and what China and Russia's modernization means for our own nuclear forces.
A federal judge on April 28 declined the Pentagon’s request to toss out Amazon Web Services’ political interference allegations against former President Donald Trump in its controversial enterprise cloud contract, leaving the future of the program uncertain.
A Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve Corps is Needed for the Pentagon and DHS, Lawmakers from Both Parties Say
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing to create a civilian reserve corps of cybersecurity experts to help defend national security interests amid concerns about growing digital threats to public and private networks and infrastructure.
StellarXplorers is a national high school space challenge sponsored by several organizations including the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Association. Two Oklahoma City-area high school teams made the finals this year and as Steve Shaw reports: when you shoot for the stars, there's no telling just how high you'll fly.
Officials from the U.S. Space Force and Air Force held discussions with the Israeli air force on space-related efforts that can present future opportunities for the U.S. and Israel to coordinate and work together to ensure the peaceful use of the space domain.
The U.S. and Israel will establish an interagency working group “on the growing threat of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [UAVs] and Precision Guided Missiles produced by Iran and provided to its proxies in the Middle East Region,” according to a statement from the White House following bilateral talks.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is planning a 2023 launch of the NTS-3 experimental satellite the U.S. military will use for positioning, navigation, and timing. AFRL previously announced the launch would be in 2022, but the mission will slip into 2023, AFRL Commander Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle told reporters April 28.
The Air Force’s Kessel Run coding “factory” has just fielded new software to speed targeting by the service’s far-flung Air Operations Centers—aimed at supporting Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2).
The Air Force command that oversees logistics for global flights is working to digitize data to enable more modern maintenance tracking of its aircraft. Air Mobility Command will work with Xage, a cybersecurity company specializing in zero-trust architecture, through a contract awarded by the Air Force Research Lab.
Installation Resilience Operations Center, or IROC, is a “system of systems” that will offer advanced solutions for enhancing security, emergency response, and facility operations.
The race to build cutting-edge fighter jets is back with a vengeance. Today, with less than 1,000 fifth-generation fighters flying worldwide, the world is already looking ahead to the next generation.
“After dispelling unfounded fears of false alarms, placing the question of cost in context, and seriously considering the unpleasant consequences of eliminating ICBMs from the U.S. nuclear force, the U.S. decision to proceed with GBSD appears well founded. ICBMs cannot do everything, but they are essential to the most important thing: deterring nuclear war,” writes Matthew R. Costlow, a senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy and author of “Safety in Diversity: The Strategic Value of ICBMs and GBSD in the Nuclear Triad.”
The Tianhe module - which contains living quarters for crew members - was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket. China hopes to have the new station operational by 2022. The only space station currently in orbit is the International Space Station, from which China is excluded.