JEFX 08-3, the third leg of the Air Force-led biennial Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008, began April 14 and will run through April 25. The Global Cyberspace Integration Center at Langley AFB, Va., leads the experiment, which is designed to evaluate technology to fill gaps in warfighting capability. About 720 participants, at 14 locations, from across the US military services, combatant commands, non-defense governmental agencies, and coalition nations will explore eight initiatives that touch upon distributed theater operations, globally linked air and space operation centers, cyberspace, and unit-level command and control. Thirty-three aircraft will take part in a live-fly scenario at Nellis AFB, Nev. As part of this, there will be a demonstration of downloading data from an F-22 fighter to fourth-generation fighters and combined air and space operations centers. (Langley report by Capt. Larry van der Oord)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.