Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, commander of US Alaska Command and 11th Air Force since May, tells the Daily Report that he is working on building mil-to-mil ties with the Russian Far Eastern Military District as part of his new assignment. In an interview June 13 in his headquarters at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Atkins said he and Gen. Victor Renuart, commander of NORAD and US Northern Command, want to invite one of the FEMD commanders to visit Alaska. The meeting would allow Atkins to introduce himself and create an opportunity to establish a professional relationship. One of the issues that Atkins said he would like to discuss with his high-level Russian counterparts is the US military’s concern over the ramp-up of Russian military aircraft patrols near US airspace since last year. The Russians have justified their increased air activities in the region by saying they need to train their pilots in skills such as long-range navigation. Further, they have made disputed territorial claims to portions of the Arctic region. Atkins said US concern revolves around aviation safety and the fact that the Russians have not been filing their flight plans as is the accepted norm under International Civil Aviation Organization procedures with air traffic controllers in and around Alaskan and arctic airspace. ICAO flight plans would provide more transparency into the Russian flights by including information on routes, speeds, and altitudes. “It seems too simple to say, but if they would just adhere to the protocols that we have all accepted, then I think a lot of the perceived tension will evaporate,” Atkins said. He pointed out that Russia and the US already partner in the region on a host of other activities, such as a planned survival search-and-rescue exercise that is scheduled to wrap up in October. “We have strategic common interests,” he said.
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.