The next generation of Air Force combat rescue is taking shape on a new Connecticut production line, where two development models of the HH-60W helicopter are undergoing final assembly ahead of flight testing late this year.
President Donald Trump Thursday cancelled the planned summit
in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pointing to North Korean
“anger and open hostility” in a letter released by the White House.
Air Force’s training chief wants F-22 and F-35 basic instruction
aircraft modified to full combat capability, but he is also exploring
ways to provide all-up training if that proves unaffordable.
Pyongyang, the report says, "portrays nuclear weapons as its most effective way to deter the threat it claims from the United States and its allies."
“This isn’t about looking for the proverbial smoking gun,” Lt. Gen. Lee Levy told Air Force Magazine.
Both pilots are being evaluated at a local hospital.
The Air Force is now free to move forward with its UH-1N replacement program after the Government Accountability Office dismissed a pre-award protest by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.
The structure will remove four colonels from their roles as group commanders and a colonel vice commander, and instead have squadron commanders report directly to the wing commander.
The T-100 integrated pilot training system for the U.S. Air Force T-X program will bring thousands of new technical and manufacturing jobs to Alabama and across the United States. Customer-proven and made in the U.S.A.
Despite reported vulnerabilities, the Pentagon's acting information boss CIO Essye Miller said in late February the program will hit its 2019 mark.
NORAD faces revolutionary changes to the threat situation.
The Air Force will increase pilot training to 21 hours per month in Fiscal 2019, up from 17 in 2016.
The head of Air Force Materiel Command said the service does not consider a recent spate of aircraft accidents a “crisis,” but it’s doing everything it can to figure out what is causing them.
Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen Ellen Pawlikowski thinks the Pentagon’s recent decision to eventually dissolve the F-35 Joint Program Office in favor of service-specific program management is the right move, if the branches are to accelerate adding new capabilities to their Joint Strike Fighter variants.
Full transition planned by April 1, 2021.
The airmen were awarded for four separate engagements, all of which included an AC-130 protecting friendly forces in Afghanistan.
Holmes: US "not the only ones” pursuing a vigorous AI and quantum research effort.
Retired Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, who now serves as executive vice president and directed energy lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, outlined a multi-pronged approach.
Earlier in the day, HASC had approved a proposal to set up a commission to look into flight safety, unexplained physiological effects faced by military pilots, and delays in aviation maintenance.
The Pentagon on Thursday unveiled its long-anticipated investigation into the ambush.
The planned collaboration is focused on four broad areas: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes.
The amendment, as approved by the committee, would insert language establishing the eight-member commission, four of whose members would be appointed by the President.
Mattis claimed an increase in US advising to Afghan units has helped stop many attacks.
The office said Air Force, DHA, and Navy officials did not consistently implement security protocols for various reasons, including insufficient resources or guidance, incompatible systems, and vendor limitations.
“I want to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to all impacted by this tragedy. Especially to the families and loved ones of our nine fallen airmen,” wrote Col. Raymond Figueroa, the wing commander, in a message to airmen.
By May 21, all Active Duty wings with flying and maintenance functions must ground operations for one day to hold safety discussions with officers and senior noncommissioned officers to review flying and maintenance safety.
KC-46 Program Manager: “Phase two” of the plan may eliminate the position.
The crash is one of the deadliest USAF mishaps in recent history.
Schneider: It’s hard to do today what the US did to Russia in the 1980s, but it’s time to step up similar efforts and figure it out.
Five were killed in the crash, according to The Associated Press.
Contract includes $598 million for USAF, along with work for the Marine Corps, Navy, and international partners.
In a quarterly report, the Pentagon's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that the Afghan military is operating at less than 86 percent of its authorized strength.
There was no Internet the last time USAF dealt with similar certification.
Will Roper, USAF's new acquisition chief, said the service must get better at software development if future programs are to be successful.
The two pilots, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire JNGB, S.C., were able to eject and suffered minor injuries in the mishap.
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee language would bring back the US Space Command as a subordinate unified command under US Strategic Command.
The budget deal gives the Pentagon $654.6 billion, an increase from the $639 billion in the initial budget request, putting the military on the right trajectory.
Retired Gen. Norton Schwartz's “Journey: Memoirs of an Air Force Chief of Staff” is now in bookstores.
The Defense Department would be directed to establish a US Space Command as a subordinate unified command under the US Strategic Command under a proposal put forward Wednesday by the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee.
“French and American soldiers are confronting the same enemy and risking their lives together,” said Macron.
Shanahan says he “likes the challenge” he’s been given to decide whether space war needs a new specialized branch to prosecute or whether the Air Force should continue to have space as a major part of its portfolio.
Shanahan also offered a ringing endorsement of the F-35.
Goldfein said the Air Force wants to "further reinforce that air component solidarity with our allies and partners."
The F-35 Joint Program Office is currently not accepting deliveries of F-35s.
F-22s were indeed flying in the area, ready to strike Syrian or Russian air defense systems and other assets if they threatened either coalition aircraft or US ground forces in the region.
The other hypersonics missile effort USAF is pursuing is the “Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon,” (ARRW), also known as “Arrow.”
Lt. Gen. John Thompson said the center has become “too stovepiped” in managing large programs.
Gen. Robin Rand, head of Global Strike Command, worked last summer to explain to members of Congress how the Air Force will gradually phase out the B-1 and B-2 bombers.
The service will add two new courses to the National Security Space Institute at Peterson AFB, Colo.
US officials say the April 16 strike on chemical weapons facilities in Syria was designed to “mitigate” a dispersal of toxic gases.
The April 14 (local time) US, UK, and French strike on Syrian chemical weapons research and storage facilities marked the first combat use of the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range, according to the Pentagon.
Boleng comes from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, where he was acting Chief Technology Officer.
The report, Space Assessment 2018, reviews open-source information on the counterspace activities of other countries, especially China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Lord recently complied with a congressional directive to report on “alternative management structures” for the F-35 Joint Program Office.
He said lack of funding and experienced maintainers, coupled with a dearth of spare parts, has prevented DOD from keeping its aircraft available and healthy.
The two pilots, assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis, were able to eject during the Sept. 7, 2017, crash and only suffered minor injuries.
The recommendations, which the Defense Department agreed with, were contained in a GAO report to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He also said ACC will look to a shorter horizon for new capabilities and that executing budgeted flying hours will be key to restoring readiness and also retaining pilots.
The program also faces challenges in sustainment costs, which Winter has previously said are unsustainable.
The NAOC, currently a militarized version of the Boeing 747-200, is designed to support the President and top defense officials during a national emergency.
USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said the service has its "safety professionals digging into" recent aircraft mishaps to see if any trends emerge.
Wilson said USAF's 90 percent responsible for current American space capabilities being the "envy of the world."
McKenzie said it is never normal when service members lose their lives and the Pentagon’s carefully investigating each incident.
The reason why the services have not led their own F-35 efforts thus far was to ensure that maximum commonality among the services and foreign partners was maintained.
Del Bagno was the “slot pilot,” which flies in the middle of the diamond formation, for the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.
An Air Force Thunderbird pilot was killed on Wednesday
when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training
Range during a routine training flight, the Air Force announced late
Force is still trying to figure out exactly what caused a “cluster” of
hypoxia-like incidents that forced the service to ground its T-6 trainer
fleet for about a month in February.
The Defense Department on Tuesday released its most recent Selected Acquisition Report to Congress, outlining performance changes across 83 programs from December 2016 to December 2017.
The Lancers replaced B-52s that had been flying combat operations in support of the anti-ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria and the war in Afghanistan since 2016.
The recently passed Fiscal 2018 budget lets the
Air Force begin the difficult task of rebuilding the strength of the
force, Secretary Heather Wilson said Friday morning at an AFA-sponsored
Capitol Hill breakfast.
USAF's Chief of Staff says operational security has “atrophied” in the post-Cold War era.
Meeting with defense reporters in Washington, D.C., Goldfein acknowledged that F-35 support costs are much higher than the service expected or can afford in the long term.
The announcement was part of a growing international response, including the Trump administration’s expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats.
The team, which will be led by team captains MSgt. William Lickman and retired TSgt. Joshua Smith, is made up of Total Force airmen and veterans who will compete in 11 Paralympic-style events.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in February stood up the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team.
The Trump administration's plan to bar most transgender individuals from military service, is already facing a series of legal challenges with the US Department of Justice saying it is ready to defend the Pentagon's authority.
The bill, which includes $654.6 billion for the Defense Department, had passed the House Thursday and then the Senate early Friday morning.
During the March 21 "STEAM" day—for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics—students went on board a KC-135, and saw other displays of military technology.
John Rood, under secretary of defense for policy, testified before Congress Thursday.
USAF Gen. John Hyten predicted a new service will be created, taking space away from the Air Force, but he emphasized that cannot happen now.
Sikorsky has filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office on the selection process.
The Air Force has identified the seven airmen killed the evening of March 15 when their HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed
near the city of Al-Qa’im in western Iraq. The Air Force said the crash
“did not appear to be a result of enemy activity,” though it remains
under investigation, according to a release.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): Public reports indicate that China could destroy a “staggering number of US satellites in the opening days of a potential conflict..."
The incident, which is still under investigation, “does not appear to be a result of enemy activity."
SECAF Wilson: “Overall, the Air Force is improving on cost, schedule, and performance. However, we still have a lot of work to do.”
The remaining 12 JSTARS are projected to continue flying until the mid-2020s.
Harris: The People’s Liberation Army’s evolution into a “modern, high-tech fighting force” remains “both impressive and concerning."
Thornberry said the United States is being threatened by a range of Russian capabilities
Pawlikowski: “There will always be challenges with trying to establish a supply chain that’s going to be available for 20-30 years"
Congressmen on the subcommittee focused Wednesday on the Fiscal 19 budget and its science and technology segments, their witnesses spanning DARPA, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.
Goldfein: Air Force engineers determined three parts of the jet's on board oxygen generating system were "failing at a much higher rate than anticipated"
The service's Light Attack Experiment will kick off its second phase at Holloman AFB, N.M., this year.
Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas, the director of public affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force said the directive is “not a freeze,” and that USAF continues “to do many press engagements daily."
The US wants to double the size of Afghanistan's special operations forces
The Defense Department is working to move beyond the joint fight to one that is fully integrated, said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Monday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was disappointed but not surprised by Putin's recent speech
Air Force's limited and stressed fleet of tactical airlifters means US
Transportation Command has had to increase the number of private
contractor flights, the head of TRANSCOM told lawmakers on Thursday.
The iconic MQ-1B Predator, which ushered in the age of drone warfare in the mid-1990s, will fly into the sunset on Friday.
though Turkey has announced its intention to buy the S-400 missile
system from Russia, the top US general in Europe told Congress on
Thursday there is still “some time” to convince Turkish leaders there is
a “better system” available.
Air Force Association Thursday came out strongly in favor of pursuing
all available options, including expansion, to deal with looming
exhaustion of space at Arlington National Cemetery before limiting
Although US strategic capabilities remain “the strongest in the world, our advantage is eroding”
Working groups brainstormed ways to attract minorities to the USAF pilot community.
Out of the Air Force’s 130 total F-35As, 100 are on the older Block 2B software suite and have a mission capable rate in the “low 40” percent.
Roper also called for increased use of university and college research capabilities.
Harris revealed the Air Force goal in the context of explaining long-term budget decisions and tradeoffs.
The New York Times reported from Seoul that South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said North Korea had “clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize."
Speaking March 2 at an AFA Mitchell Institute event on Capitol Hill, Guastella stressed the increasing role of space operators as war fighters rather than support elements.
The new National Defense Strategy embraces what Selva called “dynamic force employment.”
Hypersonic weapons in the hands of an adversary can deny the US the ability to deploy its forces at the time and place of its choosing
China has had a presence in Africa for a long time but AFRICOM has yet to deal with its strategic interests.
Graves: The time for “delays, studies, continued debate” is over
Rick Ambrose, Lockheed executive vice president for space, predicted that satellites will soon be built “at half the cost and delivery time” of satellites built today
Four game-changing technologies for militaries are hypersonics, lasers, artificial intelligence, and electronic warfare.
Air Force submitted a $1.44 billion unfunded priorities list to
congress, including $800 million in classified programs, $351.4 million
for space, and $289.3 million for nuclear and multi-domain command and
Air Mobility Command is finalizing a large-scale effort
to keep its fleet healthy across the Total Force, including swapping
airframes between units and using data to try to predict when planes
Space professionals who work in the combined air operations center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, are able to get a real understanding of how warfare works.
Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray for a fourth star and to serve as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and Maj. Gen. David Thompson for a third star to serve as the vice commander of Air Force Space Command
Nakasone: Longer “that we have inactivity” in cyberspace, longer “our adversaries are able to establish their own norms.”
In a meeting with defense reporters Thursday in Washington, D.C., Walker acknowledged the “substantial” increase in hypersonics research money, and said he has been promoting a National Hypersonics Initiative with the Pentagon for a year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new cruise missile is invincible.
The JPO is conducting a “deep dive” to better understand Lockheed Martin’s production costs in order to find savings on touch labor
The KC-46 program has hit extensive delays, including most recently identifying three "deficiencies" in testing that could impact the aircraft's operational suitability.
Rogers appeared alongside the subcommittee’s ranking member Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), and both are supporting a measure to create a “Space Corps” service separate from the Air Force.
The first experiment was conducted in late 2016 and was followed by two more experiments last year
T-6 returned to flight on Tuesday, almost exactly a month after the
service’s primary trainer was grounded following reports of hypoxia-like
symptoms at multiple bases.
The reported deal is a $1.4 billion drop from an unofficial estimate from the White House of $5 billion for two aircraft and support costs, according to FOX News.
The broader military is shifting its focus in the Middle East back to Afghanistan, the top US general in the region said Tuesday.
During this span, the command flew more than 3,000 humanitarian assistance disaster relief missions and throughout 2017 the air operations center was tasked with organizing about 600 sorties per day.
Innovation doesn’t have to be about starting something new. It could actually be about stopping something old.
return of “great power competition” means big changes for the Air
Force, which will have to be even smarter and more innovative to counter
the formidable array of threats now confronting the nation, Air Combat
Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes said in wrapping up AWS18.
The Air Force needs to understand how to integrate air, space, and cyber in a joint campaign.
Goldfein sent an email to wing commanders announcing the fund right before taking the stage in Orlando
KC-135 aircraft boom instructor platform proposal aimed at solving back
and neck issues, proposed by MSgt. Bartek Bachleda, an aircraft boom
instructor with 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kan., won the
first Air Force Spark Tank competition cup Thursday during AWS18.
Pathfinder’s got real results, and it wants real money.
The big surge in precision guided munitions production
in the fiscal year 2019 budget request would continue for at least five
years to replenish depleted Air Force stocks and allied stocks,
according to a service spokeswoman.
Any systemic endeavor is prone to risk aversion and bureaucracy, which he argued is naturally borne of any organization of two or more bodies.
If the service is required to buy a new battle management plane, it will not be able to do the battle management mission simply because that new plane would not survive a fight with a country like Russia or China.
Reports emerged Thursday that Russia had deployed Su-57 fifth-generation fighters to Syria, with videos reportedly showing two of the jets flying low in the west of the country.
The presentation was one of several focusing on innovation, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s opening speech.
The Air Force needs to figure out how reduce the number of personnel required to fly remotely piloted aircraft missions, Air Education and Training Command boss Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said Thursday at AWS18.
The Air Force takes far more risk than any commercial entity ever would, he argued.
The Strategic Development Planning Experimentation office is looking at using the plans and lessons from the ongoing light attack experiment for a new, cheap way to fly ISR.
Air Education and Training Command has lost more than 11,000 training sorties since the T-6 fleet was grounded on Feb. 1.
Webb said he hopes the recent two-year budget agreement and Secretary Heather Wilson’s renewed emphasis on science and technology gets him the funding he needs.
The trick to gaining technological advantage is to
anticipate the future based on current trends and accept the reality of
what the future will be, and not try to defend past investments in what
will soon be obsolete, Peter Wicher, a futurist who is Director of
Strategic Relations for Singularity University, advised airmen at AWS18.
He said up until now, the Air Force has been inculcated with a culture gyrating between adaptation and innovation, positing there’s a slight difference between the two.
For nearly three decades USAF has had “exquisite command, control, and communications” on the battlefield, but in future combat against a near peer adversary “that’s not going to be guaranteed.”
AFWERX’s Vegas innovation lab is focused on speeding up and changing the way the Air Force acquires technology.
Speaking at the unit’s Orlando, Fla., facility, Gowder confirmed that ALIS 3.0 had completed “flight testing” at Nellis AFB, Nev.
The Air Force Association's annual Air Warfare
Symposium runs Feb. 21-23, in Orlando, Fla. The theme of this year’s
conference is “Innovation: The Warfighter’s Edge.”
AMC's High Value Airborne Asset Study looked at potential shortfalls within its fleet and what areas need to be addressed
The request came from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the Military Personnel Subcommittee
Wilson said that while Congress eliminated the deputy chief of staff spot, it “didn’t tell us anything particular to put in place of it.”
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2019 budget request killed the JSTARS recapitalization program and outlined instead a plan to upgrade seven E-3 AWACS aircraft and to keep the existing JSTARS operational until the mid-2020s
The service announced earlier this month it was scrapping the planned combat demonstration in favor of a second experiment with two of the four original participants.
HackerOne told Air Force Magazine the record-breaking bug would’ve allowed a “malicious attacker” to run harmful code on an Air Force network and manipulate other data within it.
Special operations forces have been critical in reducing the land held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, combatting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and targeting those grouxps in countries across the globe.
North Korea is at the top of the list of strategic threats to the United States
The service is currently short about 2,000 pilots—1,300 of them in the fighter ranks.
In his written statement to the committee, Harris said US adversaries continue to develop ways to block US space-enabled capabilities.
The war in Afghanistan is now US Central Command’s main focus
USAF is “close” to having enough maintainers
The GAO has until May 23 to make a decision. Now the Air Force can't award a contract until a decision is rendered.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO's expected to approve spending two percent of GDP on defense by 2024.
The Feb. 7 attack further complicated a diverse battlefield in eastern Syria.
The budget calls for a large increase in the weapons most used in the ongoing fight, especially Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Small Diameter Bombs, and Hellfire missiles.
Donovan said there is some growth in USAF squadrons.
The budget move is part of an Air Force space budget that is eight percent higher than the proposal for Fiscal 2018
The Air Force has decided not to recapitalize the JSTARS fleet as originally planned
The new account largely funds the completion of an analysis of alternatives on Next-Generation Air Dominance.
Funding for F-35A procurement was pegged at $5.23 billion for Fiscal 2019, actually down slightly from the Fiscal 2018 request of $5.714 billion.
SpaceX captured the world’s attention last week as its massive Falcon Heavy rocket boosted a Tesla Roadster into space. But the mission was more than just a genius marketing
strategy, the Falcon Heavy could potentially change the way National
Security Space payloads are launched in the future.
The new B-21 must replace—and not be additive to—much of the existing bomber fleet.
The chairmen of the House and Senate defense committees issued statements Friday lauding the move, with both saying it is a step toward restoring the military.
While DOD found the academies were overall in compliance with policy, “the Air Force Academy’s victim assistance efforts during the past academic program year did not comply with policy,” the release reads.
Jigsaw tells the user how much fuel is available in each aircraft, and an error message pops up if there’s not enough for all the receivers.
President Trump early Friday morning signed the fifth
continuing resolution this fiscal year, reopening the government on
Friday after a brief shutdown.
The Syrian forces fired up to 30 artillery and tank rounds on the SDF and US adviser position, prompting a response by both US aircraft and artillery on the ground.
The deal, which is expected to be up for a vote on Thursday, would avoid a government shutdown if approved before the deadline of 12 a.m. Friday.
USAF's deputy chief of staff for operations told House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday maintenance likely the cause of repeated hypoxia-like issues in the T-6 trainer fleet.
Afghanistan operations are now US Central Command's
"main effort," as focus has shifted away from anti-ISIS operations in
Iraq and Syria.
Mattis told lawmakers Tuesday Pentagon’s plan for a new, low-yield submarine-launched nuclear missile will push Russia to move back into compliance with a nuclear treaty
SpaceX conducted its first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket
on Tuesday, blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and
sending a bright red Tesla into orbit around the Earth and then toward
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned lawmakers against yet another continuing resolution
A B-52 this week set a new record for most precision weapons dropped in one sortie, lobbing 24 guided munitions in one sortie on Taliban targets in Afghanistan.
USAF's presence in Iraq is changing—a new team now aims to build Iraq’s aviation infrastructure.
In a first for US Central Command, MQ-9s flew to their new deployment, rather than getting shipped there in a box.
Rather than conducting a combat demonstration, the Air
Force will hold an additional light attack experiment from May to July
at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., with the intent of rapidly moving toward
The Pentagon on Friday outlined its plans for a new
era of American nuclear power—emphasizing the possibility of a nuclear
response to a non-nuclear attack and announcing the development of
low-yield weapons that can provide more “flexibility” and the
possibility of a more proportional nuclear response to a smaller-scale
Boeing has received a $6.56 billion contract
modification from the Missile Defense Agency to extend its Ground-based
Midcourse Defense (GMD) development and sustainment contract through
2023, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Two key issues seem to be hurting the deployability of individual troops the most: administrative roadblocks and the physical fitness of the troops themselves.
A leaked, “pre-decisional” draft of the Nuclear Posture
Review was misinterpreted by writers who deduced from it that the US
will respond to any cyber attacks with nuclear weapons, the Vice
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Tuesday.
The F-35 Joint Program Office announced it
will implement anti-ground collision software into the fleet five years
earlier than planned.
The US has “lost our technical advantage in
hypersonics,” the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff allowed
Tuesday, but “we haven’t lost the hypersonics fight.”
North Korea has yet to demonstrate all the
technologies proving it has a true means of hitting the US with nuclear
weapons, but if it does, the amount of warning time will have shrunk to
just “a dozen minutes or so,” Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs USAF
Gen. Paul Selva said Tuesday.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction blasted the Defense Department for blocking the release
of public data detailing how much land is controlled by the Taliban,
noting the large uptick in airstrikes have had a limited impact in the
The Pentagon is launching a review and urging all its
personnel to place strict privacy settings on social media applications
after a fitness-tracking site published a map that hinted at the
locations of clandestine military bases.
A Washington think tank on Thursday called for a set of steps to improve US air and missile defense.
So far this year, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation
Inherent Resolve forces have sighted about half a dozen unmanned
aircraft systems (UASs) in the the AOR—far less than in the past and
with little effect on operations.
A half-dozen F-35 jets—two of each variant—deployed to Eielson AFB, Alaska, on Jan. 18
for cold weather testing as part of an unusual effort to speed up
initial operational test and evaluation, according to USAF officials.
Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mike Holmes said the
Fiscal 2019 budget request will include funds to continue rewinging the
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy
and the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy fall short of addressing
several major issues facing the US military in a changing world,
including global warming and the threat of running the military
“ragged,” three former State Department leaders said Thursday.
A top Air Force official told Congress Wednesday the
service is working to streamline the process for officer performance
management, in light of success with enlisted promotion processes.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash), the senior Democrat on the
House Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday condemned the Trump
administration’s pending Nuclear Policy Review, saying the draft version
calls for an expansion that would divert resources from needed
The Air Force and the other services recognize that
China has stolen the lead in hypersonics, and now the Pentagon is trying
to figure out who should coordinate the various service lab, academic,
and industry efforts in this area, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Seve Wilson
The Air Force and Army will conduct a series of
experiments over the next year aimed at determining the “essential
components” of multidomain battle command and control, with the ultimate
goal of blending warfighting concepts into a joint doctrine.
The Air Force is building up its strike and rescue
presence in Afghanistan to support the US military’s increased
operational tempo inside the country.
Air Education and Training Command says it will continue to provide
guidance to airmen until the “disruptive shutdown” is undone.
The House and Senate on Monday approved a three-week
temporary spending deal, paving the way for the federal government to
reopen Tuesday. President Trump signed the bill, which keeps the government funded through Feb. 8, Monday evening.
The Air Force has convened a team to investigate unexplained physiological events, including those that grounded part of its A-10 fleet in November.
The federal government shutdown at midnight on Friday,
but the Defense Department will continue to defend the nation, Defense
Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in a memo to troops.
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.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has told
congressional defense committees the Air Force plans to establish a
three-star vice commander of Air Force Space Command who will serve in
the Washington, D.C, area, USAF spokesman Maj. William Russell said.
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 Air Force Research Laboratory announced a slew of
scheduled information-gathering events around the country, officially
unrolling the engagement phase of its year-long science and technology
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.
President Trump on Thursday pointed to the dangers to
the US military if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement or pass
another continuing resolution to keep the federal government funding
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.
Air Force leaders began a “zero-based review” of the
service’s programs and activities this week, taking a hard look to see
if anything USAF is doing is propelled not by need but inertia, service
Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said Thursday.
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.
Keenly aware that its procurement process takes too
long to keep up with potential adversaries, the Air Force is looking to
drastically shorten timelines for fielding new weapons, from 20 years to
under five, and is looking to use the Rapid Capabilities Office as a
template for its whole acquisition system.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry
(R-Texas) Tuesday criticized members of Congress “on both sides of the
aisle” who acknowledge the need for more defense spending, but tie it to
such other issues as continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) immigration program.
If Congress opts to kick the budget can all the way to
next year and compel the services to operate on a yearlong continuing
resolution, the damage to the AIr Force would be worse than $1.5
billion, and it would strike directly at readiness, Vice Chief of Staff
Gen. Steven Wilson said.
The Air Force recently conducted a study to determine
whether the virtual reality environment would help adults learn at or
above current rates and how the brain works and reacts in conjunction
with other parts of the body during the learning process.
The Air Force is paying $2.4 million to teach 120 of its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets (AFJROTC) how to fly.
The United States must develop strategies to address
China’s military and technological rise, witnesses told a House Armed
Services subcommittee this week.
More than 300 airmen and A-10s from the 74th Fighter Squadron are returning to Moody AFB, Ga, after a deployment that saw the Warthogs provide close air support for US-backed fighters in an intense urban fight against ISIS.
The Air Force is reaching out to industry as it tries to master “the complexity of multi-domain command and control”—one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s three focus areas.
The Air Force’s mission to train the Afghan Air Force have taken major steps, but the US training mission does not have a plan to define its mission, a Pentagon investigation finds.
The Air Force is moving forward with plans to contract
out up to 5,600 flying hours of realistic advanced adversary air
threats at Nellis AFB, Nev.
F-15Cs and airmen from RAF Lakenheath, England,
wrapped up their four-month-long stint flying air policing missions in
Eastern Europe after conducting about 30 intercepts of Russia aircraft
in the region.
Russia and China are watching and learning from the
US, which has been in continuous combat operations for nearly three
decades, a top Air Force intelligence official told a Washington meeting
The Air Force expects to roll out an “ISR Flight Plan”
in “early spring” that will focus on what the next generation
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance should look like, said
Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson at an AFA Mitchell Institute forum in
Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The Air Force maintains air superiority today, but will it in the future?
The Air Force will no longer require evaluation performance reviews for airmen first class and below.
The Air Force and Textron Aviation in December looked
to prove the future of plug-and-play surveillance and open systems
architecture by installing a newly developed pod on an aircraft that is
not currently in the service’s fleet.
Tactical airlift crews in Afghanistan have seen a spike
in operations as more troops flow in to that country, including
increases in airdrops as well as providing fuel to austere locations.
The US and South Korean governments still plan to go
ahead with large-scale exercises as the Winter Olympics approach,
despite threats from the North, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a
year-end meeting with reporters.
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