Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Charles
Q. Brown speaks during a panel discussion at AFA's 2019 Air, Space
& Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., near Washington, D.C. Staff photo by Mike Tsukamoto.
AF Education & Training Shifts to “Space Warfighting Ethos”: Gen. WebbA key focus of Air Education and Training Command for the foreseeable future will be training airmen for the space warfighting mission, says Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the brand new head of Air Force Education and Training Command.
Breaking DefenseThese Three Weapon Systems Will Face Delays Under a Short CROn Sept. 20, the department stated that a one to three month CR would “disrupt major exercises and training events, affect readiness and maintenance, curtail hiring and recruitment actions, and adversely impact contracting negotiations.” But more specifically, it called out three modernization priorities that would be hurt.
Defense News“Col. Ned Stark” Sounds Off on Air Force Promotion System OverhaulThe "distinguished graduate" tag can be misleading when it comes to Air Force promotions, and past performance won't necessarily tell raters how an individual will do the job at a higher grade, according to the intelligence officer whose postings went viral under the nom de plume "Col. Ned Stark."
Military.comAir Force Looking to Use Hill AFB's West Desert Training Range to Test DronesThe Air Force wants to start flying drones at the Utah Test and Training Range. The Department of Defense is now accepting public comment on a draft environmental assessment related to a plan to test unmanned aircraft at the west desert testing range.
Standard-ExaminerNOAA Weather Satellite Transferred to US Air ForceA retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration geostationary weather satellite is being handed over to the US Air Force to fill in a gap in the service’s forecasting requirements.
Space NewsIndustry Group Head Urges US Air Force to Better Engage with Future Vertical LiftThe US Air Force should better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift next-generation rotary wing development program instead of relying on commercial industry to provide similar capability, according to the head of an influential vertical flight trade group.
Jane’s Defence Weekly (subscription required)Air Force Identifies Air Force Civilian CasualtyThe Air Force identified Jason Zaki, an intelligence analyst, as the Air Force civilian who died on Sept. 18 due to a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
Air Force TimesChina Detains Former US Air Force Pilot Flying for FedExChinese authorities have detained a FedEx Corp. pilot in the southern city of Guangzhou, elevating pressure on the express shipping giant that is already in Beijing’s crosshairs amid a US-China trade war. The pilot, a former US Air Force colonel named Todd A. Hohn, was detained a week ago while waiting for a commercial flight to his home in Hong Kong after flying deliveries throughout Asia from the FedEx regional hub in Guangzhou, people familiar with the matter said.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)One More Thing … The NSA Is Running a Satellite Hacking ExperimentResearchers at the National Security Agency are using artificial intelligence to characterize strange behaviors in small satellites to understand if they’ve secretly been brought under adversarial control. “We’re looking at a way to characterize telemetry data so that as we deploy new satellites, we can make adjustments,” said Aaron Ferguson, the technical director of the encryption solutions office of NSA’s Capabilities Directorate, said at a Defense One event on Sept. 17.
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