Archive: Air Force

Air Force Space Command chief Gen. John Raymond. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Hikes Funding For New Space Consortium

The U.S. Air Force’s new Space Enterprise Consortium, which promotes the development of industry prototypes, is getting a five-fold increase in funding because the service is pleased with its results, according to a top Air Force space official. Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper recently approved raising the consortium’s $100 million ceiling to $500 million […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

OMB Blasts House Proposal To Replace Air Force’s JSTARS Planes With New Aircraft

The Trump administration “objects” to a provision in the House version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would require the Air Force to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance planes with new aircraft, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a May 22 statement of administration policy […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

GAO Rejects Sikorsky’s Protest Of Air Force Huey Replacement Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed a pre-contract-award protest that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, had filed over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program. The “GAO concluded that the protest grounds were either without merit, untimely, or in some cases, premature,” GAO attorney Kenneth Patton said in a statement late May 22.  […]

The twin GRACE-FO satellites will follow each other in orbit around Earth, separated by about 137 miles.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Set To Launch Water-Watching Satellites

NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) say they are on track to launch a pair of Earth-observing satellites May 22 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Built by Airbus Defence and Space in Germany, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites are set […]

Jim Dunn of the Air Force's Air Combat Command.

Air Force Resisting ‘Requirements Creep’ As It Assesses Light-Attack Planes

The Air Force, which is evaluating potential candidates for a fleet of light-attack aircraft, is trying to avoid adding unnecessary requirements that could hamper its work, a service official said May 18. The Air Force is assessing existing, “off-the-shelf” planes that require “only minor modifications” at most, said James Dunn, deputy director for plans, programs and requirements […]

The Air Force test launches a Minuteman III ICBM in September 2010. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force May Seek Funding Shift For New ICBM

The U.S. Air Force may ask Congress to move around previously approved funds for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) because the program is running ahead of schedule, according to service officials. GBSD “is on schedule. In fact, it’s actually a little ahead of schedule and we may be coming to you with a reprogramming […]

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 26, 2017, carrying the ORS-5 space-tracing satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Air Force Pursuing Makeover For Operationally Responsive Space Office

The U.S. Air Force is beefing up the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office to help the 11-year-old organization improve its ability to quickly develop urgently needed space capabilities, service Secretary Heather Wilson said May 17. The Air Force is adding about 50 people to the office, which is based at Kirtland Air Force Base in New […]

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, head of Air Force Materiel Command (Air Force photo)

Air Force Poring Over Maintenance Data To Help Prevent Plane Mishaps

Spurred by a recent rash of fatal military aviation mishaps, the U.S. Air Force has ordered a review of its maintenance efforts to ensure it is not missing any harbingers of future accidents. In a May 9 memorandum, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the head of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in […]