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The newest variant of the Air Force’s advanced, stealthy Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile-Extreme Range will start low-rate initial production next year, with deliveries beginning in 2024, according to the service’s budget request. The Air Force’s fiscal 2021 request includes $506 million total for JASSMs, including $60 million in…
One of the Air Force’s biggest exercises in the Pacific is underway, with 2,000-plus personnel and more than 100 aircraft training together through the end of February. During Exercise Cope North—headquartered at Andersen AFB, Guam—USAF, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Air Force troops will train together on humanitarian…
The Space Force wants Air Force space professionals to help it name its forces, operational units, and ranks. Now through Feb. 24, individuals with USAF Common Access Cards who have Air Force Portal access can join in the conversation, according to a Feb. 13 Air Force release. USSF is particularly…
An independent review team investigating the first in-space test of Boeing’s Starliner astronaut capsule should have their review wrapped up by the end of February. Boeing and NASA are conducting the review jointly. They already plan to recheck all 1 million lines of Starliner’s software code after the capsule, flying…
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California—Handing off responsibility for space traffic management from the Space Force to the Commerce Department is proving slower than expected, a military official told Air Force Magazine. Mark Daley, the Commerce Department’s operations deputy in the Office of Space Commerce, joined the Combined Space Operations Center…
Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond has tapped Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman to become the Space Force’s first senior enlisted advisor. In the coming weeks, Towberman will transition from serving as U.S. Space Command’s senior enlisted leader and Air Force Space Command’s command chief to advising Raymond and…
The Air Force’s decision to cut a major upgrade to the B-2 bomber’s defenses shows the military is accepting near-term risk to free up funding for future capabilities, the head of U.S. Strategic Command told lawmakers Feb. 13. The Air Force’s budget proposal winds down the $3 billion defense management…