Air Force’s Chief wants light-attack aircraft as part of a high-tech battlefield
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has said he wants to build agile networks to connect the force’s battlefield assets, allowing personnel to make the best decisions as quickly as possible. The shift from wars of attrition to wars of cognition, Goldfein said in September, has led the Air Force to... Read more
Top Nuclear Commander would refuse illegal nuclear strike from Trump
The top nuclear commander in the U.S. said Saturday he would refuse an order to conduct a nuclear strike from President Trump if he thought the launch was illegal. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova... Read more
Boeing to upgrade B-52 Stratofortress Bombers for U.S. Air Force
The Boeing Co. has been awarded a modified contract for 10-full-rate production combat network communication technology upgrade kits for B-52 bombers. The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $23.8 million under a fixed-price-incentive-firm cost-plus-fixed-fee modified contract, meaning that the contract between the Air... Read more
Air Force awards Ball Aerospace to protect against cyber attacks
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a modified contract for research and development to provide investigation and methodologies techniques to safeguard U.S. Air Force weapon systems from cyber attack. The deal, announced Wednesday by U.S. Air Force officials, is worth $47.9 million, an increase of $41.5 million,... Read more
Lockheed awarded $44.1M Air Force contract to test AGM-158 JASSM
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force for Intelligence Test Instrumentations Kits for use on the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile flight tests for telemetry and flight termination purposes, the company announced on Tuesday. The $44.1 million deal seeks to test the AGM-158 during... Read more
Air Force Leaders to lawmakers pilot shortage of 2,000 will cripple us
Top Air Force leaders and lawmakers are warning that a pilot shortage of 2,000 could cripple the service, leaving it unready to handle its responsibilities. “With 2,000 pilots short, it’ll break the force. It’ll break it,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Thursday during the annual State of... Read more
Investigation underway for missing Holloman Air Force Airman Gordon
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM — Family, and friends of a missing Holloman Air Force Base Airman are asking for the public’s help in locating DeAnna May Gordon, 20. According to Gordon’s family and friends on Facebook, Gordon has been missing since Nov. 3. The Air Force Office of... Read more
U.S. Air Force Pilot shortage has got worst and expected to increase
The Pilot shortage that has dogged the U.S. Air Force has gotten worse as the service’s top officials say the shortage has surged to about 2,000 airmen. In September, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein told attendees at the annual Air Crew Summit at Joint Base Andrews in... Read more
Lockheed awarded $34.6M contract for integration of F-35, SDB-II
Pentagon officials announced Thursday that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been awarded a contract for weapons technology and development support on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and small-diameter bomb II for the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The deal is estimated to be worth more than $34.6 million and is classified... Read more
Lockheed awarded $26.3M to develop airborne laser capability by 2021
A new contract that seems to be ripped from Star Wars calls for Lockheed Martin to design, develop and produce a high-power fiber laser for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. The $26.3 million dollar contract, announced by Lockheed on Monday, calls for the laser to be mounted on a tactical... Read more