An Air Force official managing the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft says the service is “hollowing” its Warthog fleet by starving it of resources amid a push to retire the aging attack plane—but still continuing to heavily fly it. Pamela Lee, the A-10 systems manager at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, said the Air Force has “resourced the A-10 to divest yet flew it like an enduring fleet, rapidly accelerating [the] decline toward today’s hollowing fleet.”
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to expand on military justice reforms enacted last year and take sexual harassment prosecutions outside the chain of command. Last year's defense policy bill created independent prosecutors to handle sexual assault and some other related or serious crimes. But a "massive oversight" kept sexual harassment within the chain of command even as the defense bill made it a stand-alone offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said in a statement as she and other lawmakers introduced a bill to fix that oversight.
The Space Force is in the midst of an effort to assess warfighter needs for, and capability gaps in, space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman said. The service has “kicked off an ISR integrated process team, IPT, to focus and drive this initiative. The IPT, in coordination with the other services and combat support agencies, will pursue efforts to capture joint space-based ISR and sensing requirements and propose paths to satisfy them,” said Saltzman, deputy chief of space operations for operations, cyber, and nuclear.
Military legal experts say the conviction of a two-star Air Force general of abusive sexual contact in the service’s first-ever court-martial trial of a general officer represents a significant cultural change that will hopefully send a message to future victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment in the military.
In a major milestone for the KC-46A Pegasus program, the aircraft refueled Spanish EF-18 Hornets, known in Spain as C-15s, during its first Employment Concept Exercise, or ECE 22-03, at Morón Air Base. The mission marked the first international receiver for the KC-46A, paving the way for stronger interoperability with allies and partners.
Parsons has scored a second chance at a $320 million Air Force task order to migrate legacy applications to a web-based cloud computing environment. Science Applications International Corp. won the award in March. Then in the following month, Parsons quickly filed an objection at the Government Accountability Office to challenge the evaluation. Details are sparse, but something in the Parsons protest convinced the Air Force it needed to reevaluate proposals.
Nearly two months after landing a key contract with the Air Force for the program dubbed 3DELRR, Lockheed Martin officials say they are in talks with multiple international customers to purchase the long-range air surveillance radar. The need for a long-range, early warning radar is underscored both by Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine as well as its long history of sending its fighter jets into the air space of other nations uninvited.
An Airman with the 919th Special Operations Wing was named the winner of the 2022 Outstanding Airman of the Year for the Air Force Reserve Command. Senior Airman Myah Periman, 311th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron geospatial imagery analyst, received recognition for her contributions to the Reserve’s global mission.
Lady Gaga's voice will be heard in the upcoming Tom Cruise action thriller “Top Gun: Maverick.” The 13-time Grammy winner announced April 27 that her new song, "Hold My Hand," will be featured in the film. The song drops May 3, and the "Top Gun" sequel hits theaters May 27.