Air Education and Training Command has emerged as a first line of defense for the Air Force amid the coronavirus pandemic, helping ensure that nearly all of the service’s newest members are fully vaccinated by their first duty station. About 45 percent of enlisted recruits are already fully vaccinated by the time they begin Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. But when AETC began offering optional COVID-19 shots to incoming Airmen and Guardians in June, that boosted the number to 95 percent by graduation.
Three homes have been damaged after a military training aircraft crashed in Lake Worth, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department. The Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer aircraft crashed in the back yard of one of the homes, and the debris damaged the nearby structures. A military flight student and an instructor pilot were apparently conducting a drill training exercise at the time of the crash.
The Department of Defense has approved a new contract to replace its current Defense Travel System, or DTS, reporting process. The new system, scheduled to be fully online by fiscal 2025, will be known as "MyTravel." It will allow military travelers to buy plane tickets, make hotel reservations, and file for travel reimbursement from one online location.
Cloud technologies are accelerating change at every level of the Air Force—and the Space Force. Whether it's pure computational power to enable autonomy or advanced encryption to ensure mission-grade security, the future of IT is here and now.
In a future war against a technologically advanced peer such as China or Russia, U.S. Air Force special operations forces will need aircraft that are faster, more survivable, and capable of traversing longer ranges than the aircraft currently available, while still being able to launch from austere locations without a runway. The answer to the problem, according to Maj. Gen. David A. Harris, the Air Force’s director of innovation and integration, might be found in the nascent high-speed vertical takeoff and lift aircraft being developed commercially.
“As the U.S. Air Force heads towards its 75th year of existence as a separate service, it faces daunting challenges, having been assigned more missions than the resources it has available to accomplish them. This fact puts the entire nation at risk of not being able to accomplish its National Defense Strategy. Accordingly, the Department of the Air Force (DAF) requires an increase in the Department of Defense budget share. Time no longer permits beating around the bush to assuage the latest version of joint military political correctness—the threats facing America are too real not to speak plainly and honestly,” writes retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
In episode 40 of the Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Advantage podcast, hear from Chief of the Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld as he discusses opportunities and challenges facing airpower and spacepower in the Pacific. Allies and partners are critical to mission success in today’s world, with the U.S.-Australian partnership especially crucial. Air Marshal Hupfeld discusses future operating concepts such as manned-unmanned teaming, current programs such as the F-35, and important missions such as air base defense.
The Air Force is still far from its goal of training about 1,500 new pilots a year as it seeks to close a lingering shortfall and to help keep up with the long-running exodus of pilots going to well-paying commercial airline jobs. But Air Education and Training Command said it's seeing progress and hopes a combination of technologies and new approaches will help it increase how many new pilots it can graduate each year.
At Collins Aerospace, we understand the need for a more agile, connected battlespace. We achieve this through open systems. Our customers consistently mention these recurring challenges: Breaking vendor lock; Leveraging new and commercial technologies more quickly; and Speeding the development and deployment of new capabilities to the warfighter, while minimizing impacts to airworthiness certifications.
On Sept. 7, an RC-135U Combat Sent electronic intelligence-gathering aircraft, one of just two in existence, made a frightening crosswind landing at RAF Mildenhall in England. The RC-135 had returned from an intriguing mission that saw the spy plane circumnavigate the border of Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.