Capt. Andrew "Dojo" Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team
pilot and commander, flies an F-35A Lightning II during the Oregon
International Airshow on Sept. 22, 2019, in McMinnville, Ore. The F-35
Demo Team co-headlined the show with the Royal Air Force Red Arrows. Air
Force photo by SrA. Alexander Cook.
US Troops in Syria Going to Iraq, Not Home as Trump ClaimsWhile President Donald Trump insists he’s bringing home Americans from “endless wars” in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group.
Associated PressUS Intel Aircraft to Remain Over Syria As Ground Forces Pull OutUS intelligence aircraft will continue flying missions over northeast Syria to monitor the situation there even as American ground forces withdraw from the area, a senior defense official said Oct, 18.
Defense OneThe US Nuclear Forces’ Dr. Strangelove-Era Messaging System Finally Got Rid of its Floppy DisksOFFUTT AFB, Neb.—In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States. But no more.
C4ISRNETAir Force Nurse, a Major, Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Kickback SchemeA nurse at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma on Oct. 15 pleaded guilty to a criminal health care fraud scheme, in which she accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks for referring patients to pharmacies offering compounded drugs.
Air Force TimesAir Force Top Enlisted Leader: Keep Asking Fellow Airmen How They're DoingABOARD A C-37 MILITARY AIRCRAFT—Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright just wanted to get airmen talking—to each other, friends, family—with the service's one-day pause to break down unresolved feelings they may have buried deep inside.
Military.comDefense Innovation Unit Aims to Award Contracts in 60 DaysPASADENA, Calif.—The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an agency created in 2015 to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology to solve national security problems, is trying to reduce the time it takes to award contracts from 90 days to 60 days.
SpaceNewsAFRL: ROBOpilot to Begin Flying Again in March 2020A developmental robotic pilot system that was damaged in a mishap two months ago will return to flight next March, according to an Air Force Research Laboratory official.
Inside DefenseDOD May Fund Rare Earth and Small Drone Development: LordDOD acquisition czar Ellen Lord says DOD may fund allies and industry to ensure access to rare earth minerals and reinvigorate the small drone industry to patch holes in the industrial base, both currently dominated by China.
Breaking DefenseOne More Thing …Behold USS America Sailing with a Whopping 13 F-35Bs Embarked AboardUSS America (LHA-6) is executing "routine operations" in the eastern Pacific, but her complement of aircraft is anything but. Deployed aboard are no less than 13 F-35Bs, and possibly even more stowed away in her hangar deck. This is the closest we've seen the US Marine Corps and the "Gator Navy" come to executing the notional "Lightning Carrier" concept, which would see the amphibious assault ships packed with nearly two dozen F-35Bs in the full-on fixed-wing aircraft carrier role.
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