Air Mobility Command Beginning Look at KC-Z Requirements as it Brings On KC-46
USAFE: New Reaper Detachment in Poland Focuses on “Indications and Warnings” in the Baltics
The new, fully operational USAF MQ-9 base in Poland will begin flying over the Baltics to give the US and NATO better early warning and a better understanding of the potential battlespace as the alliance pushes to further deter Russia, the head of US Air Forces in Europe said. The detachment at Miroslawiec AB will get more eyes on the potential battlespace in the Baltics, which in turn will increase NATO readiness in the region. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
McSally Shares Story of Sexual Assault in the Air Force, Presses for Commander Education
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot and squadron commander, on Wednesday said she was raped by a superior officer during her Air Force career and that she almost quit the service after the horror of how she was received after sharing her story. McSally, during a Senate Armed Services Committee Personnel Subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military, said the experience of the sexual assault and the reaction later in her career made her feel like “the system was raping me all over again.” “I am also a military sexual assault survivor,” she said. “But unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted. Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time. I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused. I thought I was strong, but felt powerless.” Inside the Air Force and broader military, many perpetrators of sexual assault abuse their positions of power, she said. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
USAF JAG: Keep Commanders Involved in Sexual Assault Proceedings
Executive Order Revokes the Obligation to Disclose Certain Airstrikes, Related Casualties
A new Trump Administration executive order has rescinded an Obama-era mandate aimed at increasing transparency around US airstrikes and their human toll around the world. The order states that the director of National Intelligence no longer has to release an annual report on airstrikes “against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities,” nor does he need to publish evaluations about how many deaths those strikes cause, including those of civilians, “among other information.” Read the full story by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory.
Mitchell Institute Proposes an Easier Way to Calculate Force Size
The Air Force should revive the Air Expeditionary Force concept it developed in the 1990s to manage force rotations and use it as a force-sizing tool to define requirements, AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies argues in a new policy paper. Read the full story by Tobias Naegele.
AFRL’s Experimental Hypersonic Flight-Testing Rocket Passes CDR
Construction at USAF Base in Niger to Complete This Summer
Niger Air Base 201—the new headquarters for USAF MQ-9 operations in Africa and the biggest Air Force-led construction project in history—will be operational this summer, the head of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
Pentagon Wants 78 Lockheed F-35s in 2020, Six Fewer Than Planned
Move comes amid push to buy upgraded F-15s from rival Boeing. Bloomberg
A Battlefield Bond, Unbroken: Goldfein Reunites With PJ Who Rescued Him in Serbia
It was a harrowing rescue under fire: A three-man team of two pararescuemen and a combat controller flew into enemy territory 20 years ago to save an F-16 pilot who had been shot down over Serbia. Air Force Times
Pentagon’s R&D Request Will Be the Biggest Ever, Shanahan Says
The Pentagon will request a research and development budget of $104 billion, the biggest in the department’s history, boosting spending in space and for hypersonic weapons, according to defense officials. Bloomberg
EELV Is No More. It Is Now ‘National Security Space Launch’
In keeping with a mandate from Congress, the Air Force on Friday officially renamed the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. It is now the National Security Space Launch program. Space News
Lasers, AI, Hypersonics Top DARPA’s Small-Biz Wishlist
The Defense Department announced the 10 research areas where it wants innovative small businesses to direct their efforts in 2019. Defense One
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F-35 Demonstration Flight Sneak Peak. YouTube