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Blue Origin's BE-4 engine on a test stand. Photo: Blue Origin.

Blue Origin: Reusability Key Factor in Future Air Force Space Architecture

The Air Force is prioritizing reusability for its future space systems as demonstrated in its recent launch service agreement awards, a Blue Origin official said Oct. 19. The service has been “foot-stomping” the idea that reusable launch systems will be part of its next space architecture, as it will improve reliability and lower the cost […]

Marines from South Korea, Thailand and the United States set up their assault amphibious vehicles for a group photo at Hat Yao Beach, Rayong province, Thailand, after coming ashore from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Feb. 17, 2018. The Marines participated in an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and improves the capabilities of participating nations in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Lee Brown)

U.S., South Korea Suspend Another Joint Military Exercise

The U.S. and South Korean militaries have suspended another joint exercise this year as diplomatic efforts continue with North Korea, the Defense Department said Oct. 19. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo suspended Exercise Vigilant Ace, an annual large-scale exercise to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and ROK forces, “to […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Lawmakers Signalling DoD Should Prepare for Smaller FY ’20 Budget

The president and lawmakers are sending signals to the Defense Department not to expect any major increase in next year’s budget, and that some form of cut could even be in the cards. On Oct. 17, President Trump said he is demanding his cabinet members cut 5 percent from their future federal budget plans, and […]

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) at a 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Photo: Sen. Jack Reed

Bipartisan Calls Increase in Senate to End U.S. Aid to Saudi Forces

Senators on both sides of the aisle are increasingly calling for an end to U.S. military aid to Saudi forces in Yemen and a hold on weapons sales to the Middle Eastern country, and demanding independent investigations into the disappearance of a Saudi writer living in the United States and two recent airstrikes on civilians […]

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., bow their heads during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 28, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Senior SASC Democrat Defends Mattis Amid Reports of His Departure

As the Defense Department looks to prepare for great power conflicts and continue fighting counterterrorism wars in the Middle East, the department needs Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain continuity and provide unique and thoughtful insight, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) said Oct. 17. It would be “inappropriate” and unhelpful […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force: Loss of Consciousness Deemed Cause of Fatal 2018 F-16 Crash

The Air Force on Tuesday released an accident investigation board report determining the cause of a fatal F-16 Thunderbird crash this past April. Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an F-16CM pilot assigned to the Thunderbird squadron, fatally crashed after suffering loss of consciousness while performing in a routine aerial demonstration training flight April 4 at the […]

F-22 Raptors from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., taxi after landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio for safe haven, Oct. 9, 2018. The F-22 is one of several planes taking safe haven at Wright-Patterson AFB as Hurricane Michael threatens their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

Air Force Officials: Extent of Damage to F-22s at Tyndall Still Unknown

The Air Force continues to assess the potential damage to multiple F-22 Raptor fighter jets inflicted last week by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. It remains to be seen exactly how many aircraft were impacted and the extent of the damage, Air Force officials said Oct. 14. Air Force leadership declined to […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy.

Congress Mulls Saudi Sanctions, But Low Risk of Imminent Impact to Industry

Lawmakers are newly considering imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia amid calls for President Trump to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi-born journalist. But any possible impact on U.S. weapons makers doing business with Riyadh is unlikely to be felt in the short term. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and opinion writer for the Washington Post, […]