PACAF Boss: More Tankers Needed in the Pacific
Brookings Expert: Classification Makes USAF’s 386-Squadron Plan a Hard Sell
A lack of transparency about the warfighting scenarios that inspired USAF’s new, 386-squadron force-structure plan may make it hard to justify to defense appropriators, Brookings Institution expert Michael O’Hanlon said Tuesday. And, even assuming that the threat picture warranted the squadron scale-up, the funds needed to get there might not. “The only way you reduce the deficit is through a sense of shared sacrifice,” he said. Read the full story from Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory.
Roper: USAF to Field Operational Hypersonic Weapon By 2020
Competitive Prototyping Necessary to Preserve Industrial Base
AMC Overhauling KC-10 Slide Rafts as Investigation Continues
Air Mobility Command is finalizing the root cause investigation into a slide-raft issue in its KC-10 fleet, which has limited the fleet’s ability to carry personnel but not impacted the Extender’s main aerial refueling mission. Following a May incident when a slide raft did not deploy during an emergency on the ground at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the command began a fleet-wide investigation into the equipment. AMC expects to have identified a root cause with a way forward by the end of the month, and in the meantime has limited Space-A and medical evacuation passengers, AMC spokesman. Col. Christopher Karns said in an email, and refueling missions continue. Aircrews are trained on ways to egress the aircraft if slide rafts do not employ. AMC has directed that a minimum of three rafts be installed regardless of configuration, with a maximum of 16 military-essential and 21 total on board. With four rafts installed, a maximum of 62 passengers can fly, according to AMC. The command is overhauling all forward slide rafts “to ensure worldwide missions are not impacted,” Karns wrote, though the overhauled raft “is not necessarily the final solution” while the investigation continues. Going forward, all rafts older than 15 years will be inspected every year as opposed to the traditional three-year cycle. —Brian Everstine
CMSAF: Resilience is Everyone’s Responsibility
CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright challenged USAF airmen to lead the charge when it comes to building a more resilient force in a Wednesday-morning keynote at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference. He said that, while questions about how the service is stepping up efforts to better support airmen are valid, building “the airmen we need today” is a team effort that starts with them. Read the full story by Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory.
Holloman Reapers Realigned Under Air Education and Training Command
—A total of 140 Air Force Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB, Fla., and four HH-60G Pave Hawks deployed to Moody AFB, Ga., to support search-and-rescue operations following Hurricane Florence: USAF release.
—Search and rescue crews from the Alaska and New York Air National Guard, operating out of two HH-60s and “a couple of C-130s,” helped save 19 lives following Hurricane Florence: USAF release.
—What companies likely will benefit most from the Air Force’s growth plans: Motley Fool.
—A US district judge has ruled that all federal lawsuits against the US Air Force over last year’s deadly Texas shooting by a former airman will be combined into one lawsuit. So far, four lawsuits have been filed by victims or their relatives: Fox News.
—The trailer for the new Captain Marvel movie, which shows Air Force Col. Carol Danvers’ (played by Brie Larson) rise from her youth to USAF cadet to skilled fighter pilot, might encourage more Americans to join the US Air Force. The movie comes out just as the Air Force pushes for a massive expansion of its ranks: Business Insider.