Air Force’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific will continue to
rely on the venerable B-52 for the foreseeable future as Air Force
Global Strike Command wrestles with improving the readiness of the B-1B.
Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Maj. Gen. William Cooley spoke with Air Force Magazine Senior
Editor Rachel S. Cohen on Sept. 17 about the lab’s ideas for “vanguard”
programs, the service’s attempt to take on more risk, and how AFRL
could support the new “Century Series” of aircraft development.
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Air Force Reserve boss Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee said Sept. 18 the component has lost 14 of its airmen to suicide so far in 2019—compared to a single instance as of this time last year.
—Rachel S. Cohen
Air Force and US Special Operations Command are testing out technology
that could spell trouble for certain small fleets of highly specialized
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft—but the details
Air Forces is growing its outreach to countries across the Indo-Pacific
region to understand what airfields it could use if needed, and is
doing so as China also works to spread its own influence.
Mobility Command this year is flying 15 percent more sorties than it
did about three years ago—albeit with about 570 fewer pilots than it
needs and using a fleet nearly 40 percent smaller than at the beginning
of the Iraq War.
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