Plans to modernize the nation’s nuclear warhead stockpile and nuclear triad delivery systems will begin to run into funding challenges in the next decade, the five members of the US Nuclear Weapons Council told Senate legislators on March 4. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces panel that after the Future Years Defense Plan, which runs from Fiscal 2016 to 2021, “affordability problems” will begin to surface as the US begins to produce systems and weapons to modernize the nuclear deterrent. “We acquired a lot of the same force structure at the same time,” Kendall noted. He said key systems, such as the Navy’s nuclear submarine modernization effort and the Air Force’s Air Launched Cruise Missile replacement and the Long-Range Strike Bomber, all will be gearing up during the early 2020s. “The budget is a bit higher in the out years,” Kendall said, because DOD wants to accelerate certain programs, such as the Long Range Standoff missile program to replace the ALCM by 2025 (up from 2027). Panel Chair Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) noted that even with increased costs, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the spending curve drops back down by 2034, but he said even with a temporary spike, the investment would not be “bankrupting the country.”
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.