Tag Archives: Air Force Global Strike Command

Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck Nominated as Northcom, Norad Commander

Glen VanHerck

President Trump has nominated U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lead the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). VanHerck will receive the rank of general upon his confirmation for the role, the Department of Defense (DoD).

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USAF Conducts Sustainability Test With Minuteman III Missile

Air Force Global Strike Command tested a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile's flight and reentry to verify the weapon's reliability. The unarmed missile, also known as Flight Test Unit 2, flew with a reentry vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to the Marshall Islands during the developmental test, U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

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AFGSC Chief Talks Critical Role of Long-Strike Precision Strike Capability

Gen. Timothy Ray, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, said that having long-range precision strike capability is critical to deter great power competition, which has been the focus of the Department of Defense's National Defense Strategy.

Ray told the audience at Rand Corporation’s fifth annual West Coast Aerospace Forum in Santa Monica that the U.S. needs to maintain such capability in the short term until it gets new bombers and intercontinental ballistic missile as well as upgrade its command, control and communications technologies, the Air Force said Monday.

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Air Force Concludes B-1B Aircraft Expanded Carriage Demo

The U.S. Air Force's 412th Test Wing conducted an expanded carriage test for the B-1B Lancer aircraft to demonstrate the bomber's weapons integration feature. The aircraft held a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile through the use of a pylon during the flight test, Robins Air Force Base said Friday

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Boeing, Northrop to Compete for Air Force ICBM Production Phase

The U.S. Air Force intends to choose between Boeing and Northrop Grumman for the engineering and manufacturing phase of the service’s ground based strategic deterrent program that will begin in 2020, Defense News reported Thursday. The successful bidder will produce intercontinental ballistic missiles and related systems that are slated to be operational by the late 2020s.

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US Air Force Conducts Minuteman ICBM Launch Test

U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command test-fired an LGM-30 Minuteman III missile on Nov. 6, Noozhawk reported Wednesday. The intercontinental ballistic missile, which was armed with a mock warhead, was launched from an underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. An AFGSC spokesman said the test was "reliable."

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