Diversifying the Air Force’s energy portfolio and reducing energy consumption will remain top priorities for Air Force leaders. Speaking at AFA’s Air & Space Conference Tuesday afternoon, Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton said Air Force installations cover an area “twice the size of New Jersey” and facilities cover more than 600 million square feet of building space. “We’ve worked to diversify our sources of supply and to reduce consumption both on our installations and in our operational flying,” she said. Nellis AFB, Nev., now produces more than 25 percent of its total base power through a 28,570 mega-watt photovoltaic array. Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB, Ga., saves 33 percent of the energy once used to paint the Air Force’s fleet of C-5 aircraft simply by controlling the climate only when the C-5s are inside the facility. But changes in the use of aviation fuel may provide the biggest dividend. Air Mobility Command has identified $500 million in potential savings by operating more efficiently. “These are important numbers. … These efficiencies have consequences. The net $372 million in savings AMC will accrue allowed us to make investments in combat capability,” she said. “Every dollar we don’t have to spend on energy is a dollar that can go to weapons systems, maintenance, and family housing or other projects that support our airmen.”
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.