Tag Archives: Air Force

Study Shows Air Force Capacity Limitations in Responding to Potential Future Challenges

The Rand Corporation said in a recent report entitled "Is the USAF Flying Force Large Enough?" that the U.S. Air Force faces capacity limitations in responding to the potential demands and challenges posed by different future security scenarios. The researchers noted that protracted military operations is a driver for this shortfall and proposed that military and political leadership explore “more force structure, develop alternative force presentation models that may more efficiently use existing forces” and become “more aware of the risks and costs of prolonged operations.”

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AFRL Verifies Process to Extend Service Life of Aircraft Hydraulic Lines

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has developed, tested and verified a cold spray coating process designed to extend the service life of aircraft hydraulic lines. The process accelerates metal particles via high pressure to allow for bonding onto surfaces without the need for high temperatures, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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NASA Initiates Study on Physiological Effects of High-Performance Flights

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center has initiated a new series of in-flight tests that aims to identify the physiological effects of high-performance aircraft flights on the human body.

The NASA Engineering and Safety Center at Langley Research Center will monitor the breathing of five NASA pilots operating different airplanes and equipment in various flight conditions, the agency said Wednesday.

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Global Hawk Aircraft Lands in Alaska for Reconnaissance Exercise

Eielson Air Force Base welcomed on Thursday an RQ-4 Global Hawk tasked to support RED FLAG-Alaska, a simulated reconnaissance training exercise. The aircraft - assigned to Beale AFB - and a team of pilots will take part in an effort to better apply the RQ-4's reconnaissance capacities to simulated warfighting, Eielson AFB said Friday.

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Wright-Patterson AFB Conducts Email Cloud Migration

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has migrated more than 30,000 email accounts to the cloud as part of a Defense Department effort to provide greater email storage. Under the Cloud Hosted Enterprise Service initiative, the 88th Communications Group Communications/Cyber Planner and 88th Communications Squadron worked to migrate email accounts of the …

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Retired USAF Gen. John Michael Loh: Aircraft, Weapons & Strategy Key to Air Campaigns

John Michael Loh, a retired U.S. Air Force general, wrote in an opinion piece posted Thursday on Defense News he believes the military service should use "rollback" strategies along with stealth aircraft platforms and stealth weapons systems to carry out air campaigns.

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The retired USAF general noted that air forces used such strategy in previous efforts against sophisticated and integrated air defense systems.

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STRATCOM Software Testing System Seen to Meet Initial Operational Capability in October

A system developed to assess the U.S. Strategic Command’s new software using real-world, classified data will possibly meet initial operational capability in October 2018. The Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network is in its fourth increment with a budget baseline of $150 million, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Sunday.

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Hill AFB’s F-35 Program Makes Headway

Hill Air Force Base’s F-35A Lightning II program has progressed since its initial operational capability announcement in August 2016, the service branch said Friday. The F-35’s new 3F software increases the aircraft’s capacities, including that of its weapons systems, with its flight envelope now reaching nine Gs. The Air Force also worked …

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