Archive: Air Force

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 […]

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 […]

SBSS Among Space Capabilities That Will Launch, Deploy In Next Two Years

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force plans by spring of 2009 to launch the developmental Space Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS), one of five planned kickoffs of major new operational space capabilities over the next two years, according to the head of Space and Missile Systems Command at Air Force Space Command. "We’re going to […]

Moseley: Air Force May Need 76 B-52s, Wants Next-Gen Bomber In 2018

By Emelie Rutherford Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley told lawmakers yesterday the service will likely need more than 76 B-52 bombers and that he is committed to fielding the next- generation bomber in 2018. The Air Force has looked to trim its B-52 fleet, as directed by the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, […]

Boeing Details Tanker Protest Decision As Lawmakers Demand New Competition

By Emelie Rutherford Boeing [BA] officially protested the Air Force’s decision to give a $35 billion-plus deal for aerial-refueling tankers to a rival last night, after angry lawmakers alleged Boeing underwent an unfair competition during which the service, among other things, failed to clarify its desired plane size. Reps. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Todd Tiahrt […]

Boeing To Protest Air Force Tanker Award To Northrop Grumman-EADS Team

By Emelie Rutherford and Jen DiMascio Boeing [BA] announced last night it will protest the Air Force’s award to a rival Northrop Grumman [NOC]-European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS) team for contract worth at least $35 billion to build the service’s air-refueling tankers. The Chicago-based company will file the protest today, asking the Government […]

Boeing Weighing Tanker Protest After Debriefing

By Emelie Rutherford Boeing [BA] on Friday said it "will give serious consideration to filing a protest" against the Air Force’s award to a rival for a lucrative contract to build the service’s replacement air-refueling tankers, saying it had "significant concerns" about the process used after being debriefed by service officials. Boeing officials were debriefed […]

Wynne, Moseley Say They Personally Support Second Engine For Joint Strike Fighter

By Emelie Rutherford Air Force leaders told Senate authorizers yesterday they personally support funding a second-engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), citing cost as the sole rationale for the effort’s absence from the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2009 requested budget. In recent years, like this year, the Department of Defense (DoD) has not […]

Members of Congress May Seek To Overturn Tanker Decision

By Jen DiMascio and Emelie Rutherford Regardless of whether the Air Force acted legally and responsibly in its decision to choose Northrop Grumman [NOC] to build the service’s next aerial refueling tankers, lawmakers may still move to overturn the decision. "I think the decision was based on the law. I think [the Air Force] followed […]