Force acquisition chief Will Roper told reporters he thinks the
Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) could go operational in the
2020 timeframe, but that it will be a basic system the service will buy in only limited quantities.
Speaking at AFA's
Air, Space & Cyber Conference, expressed his “enormous respect”
for F-35 leaders’ “talent and commitment” on such a complex program, but
pointed out that “we’re at the front end” of F-35 service, “which means
we can still set the bar high on sustainment.” He added, “The time is
now. It’s tonight. It’s not next year."
CMSAF Kaleth Wright
challenged USAF airmen to lead the charge when it comes to building a
more resilient force in a Wednesday-morning keynote at AFA’s Air, Space
& Cyber Conference. He said that, while questions about how the
service is stepping up efforts to better support airmen are valid,
building “the airmen we need today” is a team effort that starts with
Pentagon is “retooling” for a new era of great power competition, and
the US military needs “a new generation of weapons to counter Chinese
and Russian threats,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at
AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The largest gap in capability the Air Force needs to address, based on the service's recently announced "force we need" is in aerial refueling tankers.
the Active Duty force has managed to close its “maintainer gap,” the
Air Force Reserve is still struggling to retain enough maintenance
personnel, the service’s newly minted reserve chief told a media
roundtable at AFA’s 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference Wednesday.
and Blue Origin rocket launch entrepreneur Jeff Bezos believes constant
“real” experiments and commitment to core ideas, especially among top
leaders, are the keys to innovation in any big organization.
Education and Training Command is conducting beta tests and studying to
better understand how the human brain works in order to take advantage
of artificial intelligence to help students gain a deeper knowledge of
their jobs much faster than they would under traditional teaching
—Amy McCullough and Steve Hirsch
US military is years behind the cutting edge of network capability and,
because of the antiquated way it buys IT products and services, isn’t
getting the best out of the commercial services it uses, according to a
panel at AFA's 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The forthcoming Space Force will need to start small—limited headquarters, limited red tape, and a large focus on accomplishing the mission by “doing no harm” to how the Air Force has handled the domain, the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian said Wednesday.
“The Air Force We Need” vision for a 386-squadron force is the product of six months of study within “the Air Staff and subject-matter experts.” But it is only “the beginning of the discussion” about what it will take to meet National Defense Strategy’s requirements,
Air Education and Training Command boss Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said the command is focused on breaking three industrial-age paradigms.
If it's going to capitalize on the latest technologies' amazing new capabilities, USAF must embrace the coming generation of Internet-connected devices and sensors, and become less risk-averse, AFA's 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference was told Tuesday.
Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to defense investment and Air Force modernization in an impromptu speech at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Tuesday.
The Air Force’s shortage of maintainers may be largely over as its gap closes by the end of the year, but there is still an “experience gap” that the service needs to address as new airmen learn their jobs, the head of Air Mobility Command said Tuesday.
To go with Monday’s announcement that the Air Force must grow about 25 percent in the next 12 years, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday announced a substantial overhaul of the Air & Space Expeditionary Force model which has governed service deployments in evolving ways since the mid-1990s.
Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, said the Air Force should postpone its plans to retire the B-1 and B-2 fleets in about 15 years, and should add to them a fleet of “at least 180” new B-21 stealth bombers, while retaining the B-52.
—John A. Tirpak
The Air Force's pilot shortage isn't for want of new recruits, but a failure of the service to retain pilots after their service commitment is up, top USAF leaders said Tuesday.
Transferring occupational licenses—for jobs such as realtors, mental health counselors, or cosmetologists—from one state to another remains a big problem for military spouses, the 2018 Air Space & Cyber Conference was told, despite legislation enacted by dozens of states.
When Congress asks the Air Force what else it would buy if it got more funding than it requests in Fiscal 2020, one of the answers will be program "accelerations," service acquisition chief Will Roper said Monday at AFA's Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The Air Force sets out a proposal for the
establishment of a Space Force in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force
Secretary Heather Wilson to the Defense Department, outlining a
department with about 13,000 employees that would cost about $3.3
billion in its first year.
myriad advances in precision-guided technology, the actual effects of
air-delivered munitions haven’t developed much over the past century,
but all of that is about to change now, according to a new report from
AFA's Mitchell Institute.
In April, when the call came to strike Syria’s chemical weapons facilities, KC-135s from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, were in the first wave. The weather was so poor, the tankers “needed a follow me truck to find the runway’s center line,” said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Monday.
House and Senate conferees Friday released compromise
defense spending legislation agreed to the day before. The $674.4
billion spending bill is likely to be taken up in each house in coming
weeks, then to be sent to President Trump for his signature.
Mobility Command’s Hurricane Florence response preparations started far
before the storm came within beach-battering reach of North Carolina’s
CMSAF Kaleth Wright, in an “Ask Me Anything”
said USAF's resilience leaders are working with medical and
mental health communities and commands to improve communication, since
regulations and privacy restrictions can limit information between
airmen and commanders.
—Brian Everstine AND JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORY
Martin will upgrade its stealthy JASSM conventional cruise missile,
under a $51.08 million contract awarded by the Air Force's Life Cycle
Management Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. The upgraded missile will be known as the JASSM-XR, for "Extreme Range," a development of the JASSM-ER, or "Extended Range."
—John A. Tirpak
The Air Force is undertaking a two- to four-year effort to redesign the oxygen system on board its T-6 Texan II fleet, after multiple pilots have repeated hypoxia-like symptoms in flight.
F-22s assigned to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, intercepted two
Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers accompanied by two Su-35 “Flanker” fighter
jets west of mainland Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
—Steve Hirsch and Brian Everstine
Air Force bases along the East Coast continued aircraft evacuations on
Wednesday as Hurricane Florence approached, while other military
locations further inland have become staging areas for the government's
response to the storm.
T-38s at Sheppard AFB, Texas, returned to flight Wednesday after Tuesday's crash involving a Talon on the base's runway.
The Air Force is beginning a pilot program aimed at identifying airmen’s fluency in computer languages and coding, and treating that skill in the same way it treats fluency in a spoken language.
Two pilots are reportedly in stable condition after a T-38 crashed Tuesday morning at Sheppard AFB, Texas.
Robert Work, a Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Obama administration, dismissed claims the Pentagon has ignored space, an argument made in favor of establishing a new Space Force, during a Center for Strategic and International Studies session in Washington Monday.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told a Washington
audience that although the US Air Force is the best in the world, it
must be bigger to deal with the challenges the country now faces.
Top Pentagon leaders and the boss of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reiterated their call for space-based sensors to detect and deter hypersonic missile threats.
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