Goldfein: Embracing Diversity Isn’t About Being Politically Correct, It’s a “Warfighting Imperative”
Pacific Air Boss: Airmen Still Training Despite Changes to Joint Exercises
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo have “reviewed and approved” a decision to “conclude” the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercise series, which typically involves tens of thousands of US and South Korean troops, the Pentagon announced on March 2. However, Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Charles Brown told reporters last week that airmen’s daily flights are still providing valuable training time, in addition to toned-down joint exercises with the South Koreans, as the US military continues to lay low to avoid disrupting the President’s nuclear negotiations with North Korea. Read the full story by Rachel S. Cohen.
USAF Not Accepting New Tankers “Until Further Notice”
The Air Force will not accept any new KC-46 tankers “until further notice,” after several aircraft were found to have misplaced tools and other pieces of debris on them, service acquisition chief Will Roper told Air Force Magazine on Friday. Roper and Air Mobility Command boss Gen. Maryanne Miller will visit the Boeing plant in Washington state soon to better understand the scope of the problem, and Boeing has agreed to cover all clean-up costs and to send a team to inspect the six aircraft that already have been delivered. Read the full story by Amy McCullough.
“Strictly Trainer” T-X Now a Candidate for Lead-in Fighter, Aggressor, Light Strike
All Tyndall F-22s Have Arrived at Pacific Bases, But Airmen Won’t Complete the Transition Until Summer
All of the aircraft that had to be relocated from Tyndall AFB, Fla., are at their new Pacific Air Forces homes in Hawaii and Alaska, but it will still take months for all the airmen to make their way to the bases. PACAF boss Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said the F-22s from Tyndall that were reassigned to his command are on the apron at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
Space Enterprise Growing Outreach to Partner Nations, Nontraditional Developers
The head of Air Force Space Command said Friday the organization will collaborate with the National Reconnaissance Office during a Space Flag exercise in April before bringing in international partners for the first time in August. International air chiefs also are expected to gather during the Space Symposium this spring as the Air Force eyes efficient, joint ways to control the domain. Read the full story by Rachel S. Cohen.
Wilson Raises Concerns About Prospective Space Development Agency
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban: “AI Is Going to Change Everything”
Even with the most robust manpower, humans can’t predict the future, which is why artificial intelligence “is going to change everything,” Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Thursday at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. But the American quest for an AI edge will require paradigm shifts in culture and technological ethics, he said. Read the full story by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory.
OPINION: Mike Pence: It’s Time for Congress to Establish the Space Force
On Friday, the defense secretary released a legislative proposal at the president’s direction to establish the Space Force, within the Air Force, as the sixth branch of the armed forces. This legislation is the first step toward creating a new, separate military department for space in the future, and our administration will continue working closely with leaders in Congress on both sides of the aisle to get a bill that creates the Space Force to the president’s desk this year. Washington Post
Eglin AFB Gets Money for F-35 Project, But Another Could Be Delayed By Border Wall
The push to make President Donald Trump’s dreams of a U.S-Mexico border wall a reality has called a handful of military construction projects into question, but at least one of the two projects at Eglin Air Force Base centered around F-35 training has been cleared for takeoff. Defense News
Bush Service Dog Joins Ranks at Walter Reed
Sully, the celebrated yellow Labrador retriever that was the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, has joined the ranks of working dogs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here. DOD News
First Air Force Total Force Recruiting School Graduation a Milestone Toward Integration
As the Air Force moves forward on making recruiting a Total Force concept, it reached a landmark Feb. 22, with the first Total Force graduating class at the recruiting schoolhouse. Air Force News
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America’s First Space Force: A Secret Department of Defense Program Had 32 Military Astronauts and Its Own Mission Control
It was called the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program, and DOD invested billions of dollars in it. Fighters Sweep