Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that the newest
version of its Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, which
the company calls “the IT backbone of the F-35,” has been approved for
installation on Air Force and Navy F-35s.
While the world’s focus is trained like a laser on the
danger of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the commander of US
Pacific Command says Pyongyang’s conventional forces also pose a serious
Adm. Harry Harris told Congress Thursday that Kim Jong
Un’s driving ambition is to develop “a nuclear capability against the
Adm. Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific forces,
believes the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is outdated and
the US is “being taken to the cleaners by countries that are not
signatories,” he told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday.
Gen. William Kirk, one of the USAF leaders credited as a
“father” of the Aggressors and the Red Flag exercise, commander of US
Air Forces Europe, a two-time MiG killer and a noted expert in
electronic warfare, died April 26 in Florida.
Adm. Harry Harris, boss of US Pacific Command, told
Congress Thursday that Chinese efforts to pressure North Korea on its
nuclear provocations might be working.
Two US service members were killed Wednesday after
coming under attack by ISIS-Khorasan fighters in the Nangarhar Province
of eastern Afghanistan.
F-16s from Hill AFB, Utah, are on their final deployment before the base fully transfers to F-35s and the jets move on.
US Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris told
Congress Wednesday “the best way to reduce tensions on the Korean
peninsula is to provide credible combat power 24/7.”
Adm. Harry Harris, boss of US Pacific Command, told
Congress Wednesday the US likely needs an additional missile defense
system in Hawaii.
The pilot and maintenance shortage isn’t just hitting
the Active Duty Air Force, the Air Force Reserve is dealing with a
shortfall as well that is impacting its ability to conduct operations
and train for the future.
The Air Force launched an unarmed Minuteman III
intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., just
after midnight Wednesday.
The F-35 Joint Program Office disputes several of the
conclusions in the Government Accountability Office’s second annual
assessment of the project, released Monday.
Turkish jets on Tuesday struck fighters in both
northern Iraq and northern Syria, killing members of a group the US
backs in the fight against ISIS but that Turkey views as an extension of
a terrorist organization.
A DARPA-led effort pitting students from different
military service academies against each other to develop the best UAV
swarm tactics kicked off on Sunday at Camp Roberts California National
Russia has continued to not only legitimize the
Taliban, it has also armed the group, the top US official in Afghanistan
said in a statement that prompted Russia to push back quickly.
Boeing has completed an initial flight with its second
production-ready T-50A aircraft—its entrant to the Air Force’s T-X
competition, the company announced Monday.
The US military should look to its policy in Europe to
help assure allies in the Pacific, and create a new funding and
deterrence initiative to push back against North Korean aggression, the
head of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.
Two US F-35A strike fighters arrived
Tuesday at Amari
AB, Estonia, but then returned to their deployed location at RAF
Lakenheath, England, a couple hours later. “The purpose was to show
their presence,” Col. Jaak Tarien, the Chief of the Estonian Armed
Forces, told Air Force Magazine.
The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center
released a final request for proposal Monday for the development of
rideshare payload adapters to be used with its Evolved Expendable Launch
Testing of the launch and checkout system for OCX—the
next generation GPS III ground control system—recently began
transitioning from Raytheon’s facility in Aurora, Colo., to Schriever
AFB, Colo., the company announced.
US service members were on the Afghan base that was
targeted by the Taliban on Friday. The US personnel sheltered in place
at the facility, and “were not affected,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt.
Jeff Davis said.
On April 20th,
2016, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies inaugurated its first Airpower Heritage Salute. This
year’s honoree was Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole, USAF (Ret).
About two dozen American airmen and about 60 airmen
from several African nations recently participated in an African
Partnership Flight in Burkina Faso designed to share best practices for
maintenance and logistics in a humanitarian assistance or disaster
US aircraft conducted two air strikes inside Yemen
within a week, bringing the total number of strikes in that country to
80 in about two months.
Last week’s series of Russian flights near Alaska was
an uptick in activity following a “hiatus” of Russian flights in that
region, the Pentagon said Monday.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said
Monday that China is helping to put pressure on North Korea to prevent
further tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear
Russian bombers, four times in four days, flew close to Alaska in another series of provocations.
The Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team and
France’s Patrouille de France fly together over Death Valley, Calif., on
April 17, 2017.
About 110 airmen and three C-130Js deployed to Greece April 18 for training alongside the Hellenic air force.
Travis AFB, Calif., on March 28 welcomed the 59th and
final KC-10 Extender to complete a six-year-long modification project
for the entire fleet
The Syrian regime has dispersed its combat aircraft
and retained some chemical weapons following the US Tomahawk strike
earlier this month that aimed to deter future use of the weapons.
After 16 years of hard fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, special tactics airmen often feel the strain of combat as much as any members of the force.
Congress and the Air Force need to take immediate steps
to remedy a readiness shortfall that is as intense as the hollow force
of the 1970s, the Heritage Foundation warns in a new report.
The military will not publicly disclose a battle damage
assessment or tally of ISIS fighters killed in the April 13 GBU-43
bombing of a tunnel network in eastern Afghanistan.
Two retired special tactics airmen were awarded the
Air Force Cross at the same ceremony here Thursday for heroic actions in
separate battles in Afghanistan more than a decade apart.
SSgt. Nicholas A. Poe, a 459th Airlift Squadron special missions aviator, looks out the window of a UH-N1 Iroquois, through night vision goggles, during a night hoist training exercise April 4, 2017, in Tokyo.
The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences bequeathed its INFORMS Prize to USAF and Walt Disney on April 3.
A B-52 pilot aborting takeoff, along with a drag
chute failure, caused the May 2016 mishap that destroyed the Stratofortress at
Andersen AFB, Guam.
Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers, for the second time in as many
days, flew close to the Alaska shore prompting an Air Force response.
The movement of eight F-35As to Lakenheath,
England—the first overseas deployment of the Air Force’s newest
fighter—isn’t meant to send any kind of political message, and the
aircraft won’t be available for operational missions during their
weeks-long stay in the UK.
Air Force revelations in recent weeks that it’s
beginning to think about the phaseout of the F-15C/D Eagle has raised
eyebrows and concern on Capitol Hill, potentially setting the stage for a
replay of the controversy over USAF’s attempt to retire the A-10. But
the move is inevitable, sooner or later, and is being considered in
light of anticipated budgets and force structure.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V successfully shot
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus, with more than 7,600 pounds of supplies and
working experiments, to the International Space Station on Tuesday.
The fatal 2016 U-2 crash in California was caused by
the aircraft entering an unintentional secondary stall, forcing the two
pilots to eject.
During the most recent Deep Freeze C-17 airlift
season, airmen ferried nearly 3,000 passengers into the Antarctic
supporting the National Science Foundation.
Reserve airmen with the 302nd Airlift Wing departed Wednesday on a five-day training exercise at the Idaho Air National Guard’s Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho.
An Iraqi Security Forces unit, with US and Australian
advisers, was hit with an ISIS chemical attack in Western Mosul over the
weekend, though the attack had “no impact” on the forces.
Jimo, a USAF military working dog with the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, sweeps a C-17 during detection training on April 15 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Two F-22s from JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, intercepted
Russian Tu-95 Bears off the coast of Alaska on Monday.
Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes says he’s
working through how to count all the aircraft in his command, and
specifically how the Air Force should think about remotely piloted
Airmen pull a C-130H Hercules down the runway during the 374th Maintenance Group Wrenchbender Rodeo at Yokota AB, Japan, March 31, 2017.
The Air Force is getting ready to launch a new,
web-based phase of its squadron revitalization initiative, Brig. Gen.
Stephen Davis, who is leading the effort, told Air Force Magazine on Tuesday.
More than 20 lawmakers on Monday urged President Trump
to approve sales of armed drones to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates
both to help in the ISIS fight and counter Chinese influence.
The US is pressing all sides to negotiate a solution
with the United Nations, while it continues support of the Saudi
Arabian-led campaign against Houthi rebels inside Yemen, Defense
Secretary James Mattis said en route to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Pacific Air Forces on Monday kicked off its second
largest exercise, with USAF combat aircraft leading the event and US
Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Republic of Korea personnel participating.
On April 18, 1942, at approximately 8:20 a.m., 16 B-25
bombers under the command of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle began taking off
from the USS Hornet, about 750 miles east of Japan.
The Pentagon on Monday kicked off the President-directed nuclear posture review.
About 100 airmen from Moody AFB, Ga., deployed last week to protect deployed USAF assets in the fight against ISIS.
US and coalition aircraft in March had a record month in the fight against ISIS, dropping 3,878 bombs in Iraq and Syria.
A few dozen US soldiers have deployed to Somalia to
assist the government in Mogadishu and the African Union Mission in
Somalia in their fight against violent extremists, including the group
al Shabab, Voice of America reported.
An F-16 dropped an inert B61-12 over a training range complex at Nellis AFB, Nev., last month.
Brig. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien has been selected to the
grade of major general and for assignment as commander of 25th Air
Force, Air Combat Command, at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, according to a
The new head of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, wants a little change in industry’s mindset.
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea on
Sunday, the same day North Korea conducted another failed missile test
and one day after it paraded its latest arsenal of weapons through the
streets of Pyongyang in celebration of the country’s most important
Fully armed aircraft from the 18th Wing conduct an
elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena AB,
A “small number” of Air Force F-35As from Hill AFB,
Utah, arrived at RAF Lakenheath, England, on Saturday, marking the
type’s first overseas deployment.
Air Combat Command and the larger Air Force are taking
steps to hasten the bureaucratic process attending development of new
programs, ACC chief Gen. Mike Holmes said.
As part of its planned renaissance of multi-domain
command and control, the Air Force is returning to a routine schedule of
Blue Flag exercises, which train command centers at the operational
level of war, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes said April 13.
The Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration
are in talks to exchange responsibilities for tracking space vehicles
and debris, a step that would free up responsibilities from the military
and provide more public notification of space traffic.
The Air Force has formed a task force to address one of
the biggest deficiencies in its space force structure—intel, said Lt.
Gen. David Buck, commander of 14th Air Forces and the joint functional
component command for space on Friday.
It appears that some of our nation’s lawmakers might surrender to the idea that the Department of Defense can operate on a continuing resolution for defense appropriations the remainder of this fiscal year. To be clear, it won’t be an enemy that grounds the world’s best Air Force—this would be a self-inflicted wound.
The United States largest non-nuclear warhead made its
combat debut Thursday when an Air Force Special Operations Command
MC-130 dropped a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, also known as
the “Mother of All Bombs,” on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan.
The US military needs to get better at using existing
acquisition regulations more flexibly, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff Gen. Paul Selva said Thursday at an AFA-sponsored, Air Force
breakfast. This means taking risk, staying out of the safe middle-ground
of the rules, and looking for the “corners” that allow unexpected
arrangements. It may also mean working with “kids that wear flip-flops,
worn-out jeans, and bleached t-shirts to work every day.”
The US military must think globally about every
challenge it faces, Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, said Thursday.
A “misdirected” US-led coalition airstrike killed 18
allied Syrian Democratic Forces personnel, US Central Command announced
A pilot’s error during a “flame-out” training landing
approach caused an MQ-9 Reaper to crash in the US Central Command area
of operations, the Air Force announced Thursday.
The 2017 edition of Eagle Resolve, the premier exercise
for US forces to train with partner nations around the Persian Gulf,
Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, said Thursday that a congressionally approved budget is so
important that “there’s a part of me that says, I don’t care what size
it is—just give us a budget.”
An entry in the April 13 Daily Report incorrectly
stated the position of Gen. Carlton Everhart. He is the commander of Air
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said
Wednesday he is “not considering stop loss” as a means of retaining
pilots in the service.
Thirty-six years ago, NASA sent humans into space in a brand new type of shuttle—one with wings and wheels.
The Air Force units deployed to fight ISIS have set records, and expended thousands of munitions at an extremely high rate.
The Iraqi and coalition advance into Western Mosul has
slowed because of how well ISIS has dug itself in, and the group has
been using civilians to shield it from airstrikes.
The Air Force is contracting with Lockheed Martin to
extend the service life of the F-16 fleet, as it begins to grapple with
the decision to possibly retire the F-15C in favor of the Viper for certain missions.
The impact of a year-long Fiscal 2017 continuing resolution on the Air Force would be “a $2.8 billion bill,” the service's Chief of Staff David Goldfein said Wednesday.
After more than a year and a half of publicly
acknowledging, and even praising, the deconfliction line set up between
the US and Russia over flight safety in Syria, the Defense Department now says it will no longer discuss the status of these talks.
The Air Force’s possible new close air support platform, which is currently scheduled for a demonstration by industry, will only be in addition to the current force structure level.
Eighteen months after engaging in a 96-hour-long
battle in Afghanistan, Tech. Sgt. Brian Claughsey received a Silver Star
Medal on April 7.
Last week’s attack on a Syrian regime air base was “singular”
and the US military’s focus has returned to its defeating ISIS in Iraq
and Syria, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday.
The 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron is
wrapping up a historic deployment in support of Operation Inherent
Resolve, the US campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Lockheed Martin will host a three-day, multi-domain command and control exercise at its Suffolk, Va., Center for Innovation.
US-backed fighters are closing in on the ISIS-held
city of Raqqa, Syria, and the operation to retake the city is coming, a
spokesman for the US-led coalition said Tuesday.
The US is pressing Russia to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al Assad following last week’s missile strike on an airfield and Assad's use of chemical weapons.
Airmen push an HH-60 Pave Hawk onto a C-17 on March 28 at Nellis AFB, Nev.
The Defense Department on Monday identified the soldier
killed Saturday in Afghanistan as SSgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of
The Air Force is sending five RQ-4 Global Hawks to Japan to avoid typhoons and continue surveillance flights over the Pacific region.
Two Air National Guard units currently deployed to the
737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia are moving in
opposite directions with the C-130.
US and allied fighters repelled a coordinated ISIS
attack on a base in Syria, using coalition air support to fight back
dozens of fighters.
The United States is working to finalize a deal to sell A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the government of Nigeria, the Associated Press reported Monday.
An “experimental F-16” successfully planned and
completed an autonomous ground strike recently at Edwards AFB, Calif.,
according to a Lockheed Martin press release.
Air Force Space Command is seeking to establish
partnerships with “organizations that may have the ability to go faster”
in acquiring new capabilities, AFSPC boss Gen. Jay Raymond said at a briefing Thursday at the 33rd Space Symposium here.
Syrian jets launched Friday afternoon from Sharyat air
base near Homs for strikes inside that country, less than 24 hours after
59 US Tomahawk missiles damaged the airfield.
Canadian Aviation Electronics USA, the company that
runs the training program for the KC-135 Stratotanker, is now allowed to
use USAF’s distributed training center network and will leverage the
capability by connecting simulators.
Developing situational awareness for a space
warfighting era is “one of our top priorities,” Gen. Jay Raymond,
commander of Air Force Space Command, said at press briefing at the 33rd
Space Symposium here on April 6.
The Air Force will start a pilot program at Vandenberg
AFB, Calif., to explore the establishment of a civil authority for
monitoring space traffic, two of the service’s top space commanders said
at the 33rd Space Symposium here on April 6.
US Navy ships at 8:40 p.m. EDT Thursday fired 59
Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria, targeting the airfield that
launched Tuesday’s gas attack.
US Strategic Command announced Wednesday it is forming a new Multinational Space Collaboration at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
The Air Force is confident it will eventually employ
reusable rockets for national security space missions, Gen. Jay Raymond
said Thursday at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Two C-130Js and airmen from the 19th Airlift Wing at
Little Rock AFB, Ark., landed in Peru earlier this week to help respond
to flooding that has so far killed more than 70 people.
The Air Force is “nearly finished” with the first phase
of the Homeland Defense Design effort, which looks to better protect
against cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft by installing Active
Electronically Scanned Array radars on F-16s protecting the National
Capital Region, the head of US Northern Command told lawmakers Thursday.
JB Langley-Eustis, Va., later this month will be the
home for the largest trilateral exercise so far that features fourth and
fifth generation fighters.
Air Force Col. Todd Canterbury has been nominated to take over the F-35 Integration Office at the Pentagon.
A Washington, D.C., National Guard pilot sustained minor injuries after ejecting from his F-16C during a training mission Wednesday morning near JB Andrews, Md.
The cost to refurbish SpaceX’s recycled Falcon 9 rocket
was “substantially less than half the build” cost of a new rocket, said
Gwynne Shotwell, company president and CEO, at the 33rd Space Symposium
in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday.
A reconstituted National Space Council can “help
streamline” space decision making and support needed legislative
changes, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Tuesday at the 33rd Space
Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday
approved the nomination of Heather Wilson to be the next Secretary of
the Air Force with a vote of 22 to 5. The nomination now moves to the
full Senate for a vote.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and the
three other service chiefs again warned Capitol Hill against passing a
long-term continuing resolution, saying it would do serious damage to
the services, personnel, and readiness.
US Air Force tankers are regularly supporting the
Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen—a requirement that is
expected to stay steady in the near future.
Air Mobility Command will convene another meeting with
the airline industry and other stakeholders on May 8 to try to find a
way to address the coming pilot shortage, the command’s chief said
The Air Force’s Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center has a new name, and a shorter acronym.
US needs a separate military service to handle space, separating it
from the Air Force, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) said Tuesday.
Staying ahead of US adversaries in space will require
“more risk-taking on our part” and “more risk-tolerance on the part of
those who oversee us,” National Reconnaissance Office Director Betty
Sapp said Tuesday.
The Air Force will “stand up a three-star deputy chief
of staff for space,” Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of Air Force Space Command
The head of US Strategic Command targeted the Air
Force’s acquisition process for repeated delays on replacing the aging
UH-1Ns that defend the nation’s nuclear missile fields.
While Air Force officials have called for a bigger buy
of B-21 Raiders, the current planned number of 100 should be enough for
US Strategic Command, the command’s chief said Tuesday.
The head of US Strategic Command this month released
guidance to security forces and the country’s nuclear bases on how to
respond to threats from small drones.
Lockheed Martin is hoping to demonstrate the full capabilities of its virtual prototyping lab if it wins a contract to develop the next Ground Based Strategic Deterrent. Lockheed also thinks its digital tapestry approach can help accurately pinpoint the total cost of the system, estimates of which have varied widely within the Department of Defense. “The more you can mature a cost model the better,” John Karas, vice president and GBSD program manager told reporters at the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton, Colo., Monday.
With the production of the Air Force’s sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite, Lockheed Martin is using a 3-D printed component in one of its military satellites for the first time.
As the Air Force works to retire its fleet of MQ-1
Predators, Air Force Magazine spoke with the man whose engineering feats
of the 1970s and 1980s first made unmanned systems reliable.
US aircraft have ramped up their airstrikes against al Qaeda in Yemen, bringing the total to more than 70 in about one month.
Retired Air Force colonel and astronaut Buzz Aldrin set another record April 2, becoming the oldest person to fly with the Air Force’s Thunderbirds.
A F-15E Strike Eagle pilot approaches a KC-10 Extender from the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron before conducting an aerial refuel.
US and coalition aircraft continue to bombard ISIS
targets inside Mosul, as reports mount of the group using human shields
to protect themselves from airstrikes.
April 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the position of Chief
Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the top enlisted leader of the service.
North Korea is a grave threat "that's got to be
stopped" and the US is working to do so through the United Nations and
with close allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said.
The Pentagon recently rolled out instructions for the new devices to be worn on certain medals.
USAF Lt. Col. James McFarland, Royal Thai air force
Group Capt. Supijjarn Thamwatharsaree, and Republic of Singapore air
force Col. Chan Ching Hao, the exercise directors for Cope Tiger 17,
walk the flightline during the exercise at Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, on
Gen. John Hyten, chief of US Strategic Command, told
reporters Friday that “nuclear weapons are here and they’re going to be
here for our lifetimes.”
The US military will increase operations in Somalia with new authorization allowing it to conduct offensive airstrikes, the Pentagon announced.
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