Two US service members were killed and another five injured
while conducting combat operations in northern Iraq on Sunday. The US-led
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said the casualties were
not caused by enemy contact. Coalition commander Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend in
a statement said the service members died “fighting to defeat a truly evil
enemy and to protect our homelands.” ISIS reportedly claimed a rocket attack in
the area killed American soldiers, but that claim was immediately denied, The
Washington Post reported. — Brian Everstine
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford
will meet with the South Korean president on Monday as tensions have continued
to rise between the US and North Korea. Dunford will meet with President Moon Jae-in and
senior South Korean military leaders in Seoul before a previously scheduled visit in
reported. Dunford’s visit comes as senior US leaders have tried to calm
increasing tensions with North Korea. National Security Advisor US Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, on ABC’s This
Week on Sunday, said the US is no closer to war than one week ago, “but we are
closer than we were a decade ago.” USAF aircraft in the region have flown
repeated missions in recent weeks as North Korea has continued testing
ballistic missiles, most recently flying B-1B Lancers to the Korean Peninsula
on Aug. 8. — Brian Everstine
The AFRL Advanced Power Technology Office’s High Efficiency Innovative Aviation Diesel Engine is shown here in the Arnold Engineering Development Center T-11 Test Cell.
(Arnold Engineering Development Center photo)
The Air Force recently completed ground testing on a high-efficiency diesel aircraft engine developed for use in manned or unmanned aircraft. The Graflight engine, designed by Engineered Propulsion Systems, promises to use up to 40 percent less fuel than standard engines while expanding either payload capacity or mission length. It could increase aircraft loiter time by as much as 50 percent, according to a press release from the Air Force Research Laboratory, which collaborated with EPS on the project. Because it can operate on diesel, Jet-A, or JP-8 fuels that are accessible in-theater, the Graflight could also drastically reduce the need to transport specialized fuel for global operations and enable unmanned operations in regions that were previously unreachable. During the ground testing at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Graflight performed as expected on simulated flights at various altitudes. The next step will be flight testing, after which the Air Force will consider Graflight for use in manned aircraft. A smaller version would have to be developed for use in current unmanned aircraft.
— Wilson Brissett
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