Archive: Air Force

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

Proposed New Bomber Squadrons Likely to Include More B-21s

More B-21 aircraft could be procured if the Air Force succeeds in doubling its number of bomber squadrons over the next decade, but service officials are not yet ready to talk tails. The Air Force’s proposal to increase its squadron numbers from 312 to 386 by the 2025-2030 timeframe would include five additional bomber squadrons, […]

Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, unveiled its Integrator Extended Range unmanned aerial system at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Insitu

Insitu Pitching Upgraded Integrator Drone for the Future Air Force Battlefield

Insitu, a non-integrated subsidiary of Boeing [BA], last week unveiled its new Integrator Extended Range, a beyond-line-of-sight, satellite communications (SATCOM)-enabled small unmanned aerial system capable of ranging modern combat theaters that could provide the Air Force with low-cost data gathering tools in conflicts now and in the future battlespace. The UAS delivers new capabilities in […]

Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief executive officer, speaks with retired Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Association president, during AFA's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2018. ASC18 is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, seminars, speeches and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Blue Origin to Invest $1 Billion in New Glenn Rocket in 2019

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Blue Origin is planning to invest $1 billion in its forthcoming New Glenn orbital launch vehicle, as the company works to develop more reusable and affordable space launch capabilities, founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday. Speaking during the final keynote at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber event here, […]

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks Sept. 19 at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Defense Department

Shanahan Highlights Space Force, Hypersonics in Next DoD Budget

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As Congress appears poised to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY‘19) defense appropriations budget before the end of the fiscal year for the first time in over a decade, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deputy secretary is looking at the next year’s budget request to shape the next half-century of military […]

The first GPS III satellite in transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Leading Next Generation of Air Force Space Programs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is poised to produce the Air Force’s major satellite capabilities over the next decade, but company and service officials deny that there may be a growing dearth of competition for future space programs. The service last Friday announced that Lockheed Martin was chosen to develop the service’s next-generation […]

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivers her ÒAir Force We NeedÓ speech during the Air Force AssociationÕs Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 17, 2018. Wilson stressed the Air Force will need more active, guard and reserve Airmen to fully enable the serviceÕs operational squadrons. The Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

Cost, Breakdown of Proposed Additional Air Force Squadrons Yet to Be Determined

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force has yet to determine the cost of boosting its 312 operational squadrons to 386, and the breakdown of aircraft in each proposed squadron, service leadership said Tuesday. Service Secretary Heather Wilson revealed Monday that the service required nearly a 25 percent increase in operational squadrons by 2030 in […]

Steve Wert, lead official for the Air Force's new PEO Digital

Air Force Looking To Transform Rapid Software Delivery With New PEO Digital

The Air Force on Monday redesignated its Program Executive Office Battle Management as the new PEO Digital affirming plans to transform its approach to rapidly delivering critical software updates for everything from weapons systems to communication platform. Steven Wert, the new office’s lead official, told attendees Tuesday at an Air Force Association conference that PEO […]

A KC-46 tanker refuels an F/A-18 fighter during testing. (Boeing photo)

Despite New KC-46 Deficiencies, Air Force Still Working Toward October Delivery Date

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force continues to work with Boeing [BA] to receive the first deliveries of KC-46A Pegasus next-generation aircraft by the target October deadline, despite new deficiencies revealed during testing, the new Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander said Tuesday. Gen. Maryanne Miller, who assumed command of AMC less than two weeks […]

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner, commander of Air Forces Cyber

Air Force Considering Cyber Rapid Capabilities Office, Looking To Industry For Future Multi-Domain Platform Help

The Air Force is looking to industry for critical capabilities needed to establish future cyber and space multi-domain warfighting and information platforms, with potential plans to establish a cyber-focused rapid capabilities office, officials said Monday. Officials at an Air Force Association conference panel on multi-domain operations pointed to the Unified Platform program for the Cyber […]

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a higher headquarters-directed Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018 (HST). Bilateral training between the United States and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens our long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Wilson: Air Force Needs 386 Squadrons to Meet Operational Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force plans to boost its number of operational squadrons by nearly 25 percent by 2030 to meet requirements set in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service must have 386 squadrons to meet that goal, she said in her keynote speech at the […]