Archive: Air Force

Missile Defense Systems Assailed In Think Tank Report

Report: Kill European Missile Defense And Airborne Laser; Halt Procurement, Deployment Of Aegis, GMD, THAAD, Patriot; And End Streamlined Missile Defense Budget System The multi-layered U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) program has come under attack in a report from a liberal think tank, just as some Democrats in Congress are poised to slash funding for […]

United States Must Replace Nuclear Warheads Or Risk Losing Deterrent Capabilities: Chilton

The United States must replace and upgrade its nuclear warheads or risk seeing the U.S. nuclear deterrent deteriorate and fail, according to Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander of the strategic command. "I need reliable delivery programs" such as missiles, Chilton said before the Nuclear Deterrence Summit. But as well, "I need reliable weapons," he said. Multiple […]

Chambliss Senate Win Seen As Boost To F-22 Fight For Survival

By Emelie Rutherford Georgia Republican and Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ Tuesday reelection victory ensures the F-22 stealth fighter maintains a diehard backer in Congress as the aircraft’s future is debated, analysts said. "Chambliss has been the most important supporter of the F-22 Raptor in the entire chamber," said Loren Thompson, chief […]

Lawmakers Likely Lost Fight For Advanced Buy of 20 F-22s Before Obama Arrival

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon looks to have won the battle with powerful lawmakers who charged it scaled back congressional plans for buying parts for future F-22 Raptor jets before the change in presidential administrations. As planned, the Pentagon on Nov. 26 announced the Air Force awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin [LMT] for the […]

Air Force Secretary Sees United States Able To Retain Space Leadership

While other nations aggressively expand their space programs, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley said the United States will be able to retain its leadership in space, according to an Air Force news service report. But he added that the amount of space junk is rising rapidly and the ability to track objects […]

‘Big Four’ Defense Appropriators Plead To Gates Reconsider F-22 Decision

By Emelie Rutherford The "big four" defense appropriators have joined other lawmakers in pushing the Pentagon to stick to plans to buy parts now for 20 future F-22 fighter jets, instead of obligating advance-procurement funds for just four aircraft before the next administration weighs in on the Raptor’s future. Pentagon acquisition chief John Young told […]

Young, HASC Lawmakers Clash On Release of F-22 Funds

By Emelie Rutherford A senior Pentagon official told vexed House lawmakers yesterday a new estimate shows his decision to scale back on congressional plans for F-22 jet purchases before the new administration’s January arrival may not increase costs for the program. And while the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) members lambasted Pentagon acquisition chief John […]

Multinational Partnerships Grow From CD&E Conference In Norway

By Ann Roosevelt Multinational partnerships and progress on specific projects that would provide solutions to military problems are the key outcomes expected from the Concept Development and Experimentation Conference (CD&E) held this week in Oslo, Norway, according to an officer at U.S. Joint Forces Command. "This work can’t be done in isolation," Rear Adm. Dan […]

Despite Funding Cut, C-17s Order Stays At 15 Planes; Hopes Up For Future

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force confirmed last week it plans to order 15 C-17 Globemasters early next year, and will use money in its coffers to make up for a last-minute cut to the airlifter’s funding in the most-recent war-supplemental spending act. Contractor Boeing [BA] is waiting anxiously for the orders to be placed […]

Navy Will Rely On Upgraded Harpoon And JSOW For Maritime Interdiction Role

By Geoff Fein The Navy is currently not looking to add a maritime variant of the Air Force’s Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to its weapons inventory, relying instead on planned upgrades to its existing Harpoon and Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) to carry out maritime interdiction missions, according to a Navy official. […]