Opinion: Light-Attack Aircraft is the Solution to the US Air Force’s Dwindling FleetRetired Maj. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem, director of research for AFA’s Mitchell Institute, writes that the Air Force should not delay, and Congress should provide funds specifically for, the acquisition of light-attack combat and reconnaissance aircraft within Air Force Special Operations Command.
Defense NewsTraining AI to Win a DogfightArtificial intelligence has defeated chess grandmasters, Go champions, professional poker players, and, now, world-class human experts in the online strategy games Dota 2 and StarCraft II. No AI currently exists, however, that can outduel a human strapped into a fighter jet in a high-speed, high-G dogfight. As modern warfare evolves to incorporate more human-machine teaming, DARPA seeks to automate air-to-air combat, enabling reaction times at machine speeds and freeing pilots to concentrate on the larger air battle.
DARPA releaseSmart Drones to Command and Launch Smarter MissilesThe future of war is a synergy in euphemisms, launched as a co-branding event. AeroVironment—maker of missile systems, including the one-way guided flying “switchblade” missile—announced May 7 that it is partnering with Kratos, maker of target and combat drones. The desired effect is cheap but smart drones to launch cheaper but smart missiles.
C4ISRNETAir Force Simplifies Promotion Recommendation Forms for OfficersThe Air Force announced today it will make adjustments to the way the Air Force Form 709, Promotion Recommendation Form, will be filled out and used for Total Force officer promotion boards beginning in September 2019.
USAF releaseCSAF Helps Honor Rescue CommunityMore than 400 members of the rescue community gathered to commemorate the 50th, and final, Jolly Green Association reunion in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, May 2-4.
USAF releaseOne More Thing …First Moon Landing Manual Could Fetch $9 Million at AuctionThe detailed manual used by US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969 is going up for auction in July and could fetch up to $9 million, New York auctioneers Christie’s said.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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