Archive: Air Force

Obering: Next Budget May Bolster Sea-Based, Land-Mobile Missile Interceptors

By Dave Ahearn The next Missile Defense Agency budget may switch from a focus on items such as providing more Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors to "robust" other systems such as sea-based missile defense and land-mobile interceptors. That was the word from Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, who […]

Lord: Air Force Cyberspace Command Needs Faster Acquisition Process

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force will need a much more flexible acquisition process to ensure its burgeoning Cyberspace Command is properly equipped to counter adversaries using complex technologies to try to disrupt warfighters’ computing environments, the command’s leader said yesterday. Maj. Gen. William Lord, commander of Air Force Cyberspace Command, said he faces the […]

Corley: Next-Gen Bomber Likely Manned At First, Unmanned In Follow-On Increments

By Emelie Rutherford The debut version of the Air Force’s next-generation bomber planned for 2018 will likely not be unmanned, the head of Air Combat Command said last week. While follow-on increments of the bomber may be able to operate without pilots in the sky, the aircraft simply may not be far enough along in […]

Corley Pushes Plan To Maintain 76 B-52s, Create Nuclear-Tasked Squadron For The Bombers

By Emelie Rutherford The head of Air Combat Command (ACC) does not foresee resistance to a proposal to maintain more Air Force B-52s than previously intended to support a rotating nuclear-tasked squadron of the bombers. Gen. John Corley, ACC commander, met yesterday with Air Force leaders about dropping plans to maintain just 56 B-52s and […]

Air Force Seeks To Dismiss Parts of Boeing’s Tanker Protest

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force filed a motion with the Government Accountability Office Wednesday seeking to dismiss parts of Boeing’s [BA] protest of service’s tanker contract award to a Northrop Grumman [NOC] team. A service spokeswoman announced the motion’s filing late Wednesday. Northrop Grumman also filed a motion Wednesday asking the GAO to dismiss […]

Air Force Mulls Building Reactors At Two Bases

By George Lobsenz The Air Force is considering a pilot program to deploy small nuclear power reactors at two of its bases, saying it would complement its ongoing alternative energy development efforts and provide more insurance against any widespread disruption in grid-provided electricity. In their most extensive comments to date on their interest in nuclear […]

Accident Investigation Begins On B-2 Bomber Crash

By Emelie Rutherford An Air Force Accident Investigation Board on Monday started investigating the February crash of a B-2 bomber, and will ultimately release its findings to the public, a service spokesman said. The board is run out of Whiteman AFB, Mo., and has a target deadline of 30 days for finishing its work, said […]

Raytheon Continues ‘Revolutionary’ Upgrades To AIM-9X, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] is adding a data link to its AIM-9X Block I Sidewinder missile that will enable in-flight target updating of the missile, a Navy official said. Since entering full-rate production in 2004, the AIM-9X Block I has been a revolution in air-to-air missiles, Capt. Jeff Penfield, program manager for air-to-air missile […]

GAO May Extend Air Force’s Tanker-Response Deadline, Expects A Hearing

By Emelie Rutherford The Government Accountability Office may extend the Air Force’s deadline for responding to Boeing’s [BA] protest of the service’s award of its tanker contract to a rival, and the GAO likely will hold a closed hearing before issuing a decision, a spokesman said. In addition, Northrop Grumman [NOC]–which with partners including European […]

Obering, Missile Defense Agency Director, To Leave Post After Superlative Record Of Test Successes, Fiscal Victories

MDA Deputy Director O’Reilly To Succeed Obering As Director Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, after providing stellar, sterling leadership for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) since 2004 that rescued troubled missile-intercepting programs, will step down from his post. Obering also helped, successfully, to defeat efforts last year to kill or greatly weaken some missile […]