The Air Force on Friday awarded SSgt. Christopher
Lewis, a combat controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron
at Hurlburt Field, Fla., the Silver Star for his actions during a
10-hour firefight near Mosul, Iraq, in 2016.
The Pentagon has issued two memoranda on how it will
continue essential operations in case the government shuts down if
Congress fails to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government
past midnight Friday.
The Defense Department can longer afford to focus
solely on the international fight against terrorism and must begin
shifting its focus to the “great power competition” with China and
Russia, according to the National Defense Strategy, which was unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday.
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The White House’s pick to take over Air Force
acquisition plans to take a deep dive into two of the service’s biggest
purchases, the F-35 strike fighter and B-21 bomber, to see if the
established plans are enough, and if the current sustainment plan
actually is sustainable.
The solicitation for the second phase of contracted
adversary air at Nellis AFB, Nev., will be released sometime next month,
but industry officials are hoping the service will re-evaluate the
listed criteria so it is more in line with the requirements being discussed for the larger Combat Air Force Adversary Air contract, which is expected to be awarded in 2019 or 2020.
US aircraft finished 2017 flying combat missions in
Afghanistan at the fastest rate in years—dropping more bombs last year
than any other year since 2011 as the war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria hit
its lowest total since it began.
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