Archive: Air Force

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Program To Speed Up Fielding Of New Anti-Collision System

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has announced that it plans to accelerate the integration of the new Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) into the fighter jet, citing the software’s ability to save the lives of pilots. The JPO said late Jan. 30 that it intends to add Auto-GCAS to the […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-22 Upgrades Move Into Operational Testing

The U.S. Air Force has started conducting operational testing for a series of major upgrades to the F-22 Raptor, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) for the Increment 3.2B upgrades began in September and is slated to wrap up in April, says the fiscal […]

Air Force Gen. James "Mike" Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, speaks at the Brookings Institution on Jan. 25, 2018. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force, Army To Hold Joint Exercises On Multi-Domain Battle

The U.S. Air Force and Army plan to conduct a series of joint table-top exercises over the next year to refine ideas for fighting seamlessly across multiple domains, an Air Force official said Jan. 25. The Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) and the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) are running the effort, said […]

United States Capitol

SASC OKs Griffin For DoD Research Post, Roper For Air Force Acquisition Chief

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Jan. 24 approved the nomination of former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to lead the Department of Defense’s new research and engineering shop. The committee also favorably reported the nomination of William Roper to be Air Force acquisition chief. Roper is currently director of DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office.  The […]

The Air Force's SBIRS GEO-4 missile-warning satellite lifts off on an Atlas 5 rocket. (Photo courtesy of United Launch Alliance)

ULA Launches Air Force’s Fourth SBIRS Missile-Warning Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO-4) missile-warning satellite lifted off late Jan. 19 on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Later that evening, SBIRS GEO-4 began responding to commands from operators with the 460th Space Wing at […]

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announces the National Defense Strategy at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, Jan. 19. (DoD photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm)

In New Strategy, Mattis Redirects ‘More-Lethal’ Military Toward Great-Power Conflict

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis unveiled on Friday a strategy for sharpening the U.S. military’s competitive advantage against near-peer adversaries Russia and China by modernizing the force, strengthening alliances and building new partnerships all in an effort to preserve the relative global stability established after World War II. “The central challenge to U.S. prosperity and security […]

Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan (Air Force photo)

Air Force Begins Broad Review Of Programs

The U.S. Air Force has launched a two-month review of all of its programs to determine whether some of them are no longer needed, according to a service official. The review, which began Jan. 16 and is scheduled to end March 15, is meant to go beyond the annual budget process, which typically focuses on changes […]

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (Air Force photo)

Air Force Secretary Eyes Research Funding Boost

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Jan. 18 that she wants to increase the portion of the service’s budget devoted to science and technology. The Air Force currently spends less than 2 percent of its funding on basic and applied research, and Wilson believes that that figure needs to grow to ensure the service […]