Air Force Space Command recently took responsibility for space operators’ initial qualification training from Air Education and Training Command, according to a Dec. 2 release. AFSPC will now conduct both officer and enlisted undergraduate space weapon system training, as well as advanced platform-specific training. The intensified training track is aimed at developing “more proficient” space operators with “the skills and knowledge needed to support the dynamic and evolving space mission,” states the release. AFSPC’s longer curriculum will increase technical training, give deeper understanding of orbital and electromagnetic dynamics, increase combat support focus, and implement “performance-based” evaluation. AFSPC is also delegating platform-specific qualification to the individual units operating them to provide more up-to-date instruction. Since AETC “specializes in high throughput, fundamentals courses,” and AFSPC provides niche capabilities, it is better suited to effectively training operators in house, according to the release. AETC handed over training responsibility at the beginning of Fiscal 2016, and the first undergraduate space training class is slated to graduate in February 2016.
The U.S. and Russian militaries have operated in an uneasy coexistence in Syria since the Kremlin sent forces there in 2015 to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But in recent months, Russian transport planes have flown near Al-Tanf Garrison in southeast Syria, where U.S. troops have been working with Syrian…
A year ago, Air Force leaders were celebrating an unusually successful year in recruiting. For the first time in more than half a decade, the Air Force Recruiting Service was on pace to hit all of its goals—Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Space Force. Twelve months later, and the picture could…
Early focus on producing an operationally relevant system led to the Raytheon-Northrop Grumman team winning the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile program, company officials told reporters. The partners have already invested in factories that can produce the missile "affordably, at scale."
Despite inflation at levels not seen in decades, Air Force primes have yet to demand major adjustments to existing contracts, but there are concerns about lower-tier vendors, Air Force service acquisition executive Andrew Hunter said. Speaking with reporters at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber conference, Hunter said the structure of…
Sept. 22, 2022
The Air Force has awarded Raytheon Missiles & Defense a $985.3 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract to develop and build the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile, or HACM, an air-breathing cruise missile intended to launched from fighter-size aircraft. Raytheon bested teams led by Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the work.
The senior-most officers and enlisted members in the Air Force and Space Force and their spouses took part in a panel discussion at AFA's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. Each iterated a common theme: The well-being of Airmen, Guardians, and their families is tantamount.
With the Russian army pummeling Ukraine in Europe, and China increasingly threatening its neighbor Taiwan militarily in the Indo-Pacific, the Air National Guard has embraced the culture of can-do innovation at the core of agile combat employment.
In the closing session of AFA's Air, Space, & Cyber Conference, top generals in charge of the Air Force and Space Force future planning laid out their visions of the fundamental shifts of "space superiority" and the "democratization of air power" occurring in their domain.