Despite its expansion over the last year, a senior NATO official told Air Force Magazine it is important to distinguish the Baltic Air Policing mission from air and missile defense activity. “Air policing is a peace time task for surveillance of airspace,” German Air Force Maj. Gen. Erich Siegmann, NATO Air Command chief of staff, said in a June interview in Brussels. “Air defense is something entirely different,” he said, noting NATO’s air policing forces cannot engage aircraft unless they revert back to national command. NATO’s current BAP aircraft fly from bases in Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland to identify and intercept aircraft that are not adhering to international fight rules. The four Quick Reaction Alert detachments at these bases give the mission “more responsiveness” across the Baltics, Siegmann noted. NATO also has dispatched additional fighter aircraft to Romania and Bulgaria to assist with air policing activities. These countries have their own aircraft, but per guidance from Supreme Allied Commander Europe USAF Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Alliance looked to increase its presence in the South and East of its borders to provide assurance for its members. In addition to fighter aircraft flying intercepts, NATO can also call on its E-3 AWACS fleet in order to provide better air traffic coverage and to collaborate in air-to-air training activities. Taken together, these activities “provide a clear message what our abilities are, both inside our NATO countries and outside [the Alliance],” he added.
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.