Tag Archives: Air National Guard

Northrop Grumman AESA Radar Designated Operational Air National Guard F-16s; Mark Rossi Quoted

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Northrop Grumman has announced that its AN/APG-83 SABR active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar has met the U.S. Air Force’s Full Operational Capability (FOC) readiness on Air National Guard F-16s. “SABR enables F-16 pilots to detect, track, identify and target a greater number of threats faster and at longer ranges from outside the threat envelope,” said Mark Rossi, director, SABR programs, Northrop Grumman.

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Air National Guard Group to Foster Innovation in New AFWERX Program

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The 152nd Airlift Wing within Air National Guard has established a "spark cell" innovation program that aims to foster creative innovation across force members. The Silver State Spark cell would allow airmen to explore and plan innovation projects for a maximum of five days during technician and training periods, the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday.

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Brig. Gen. Patrick Cobb: Space Force to Have Own National Guard Contingent on Congressional Approval

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Brig. Gen. Patrick Cobb, special assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau for space, said the Department of Defense will form the Space National Guard if Congress decides to establish the Space Force through its defense policy measure for fiscal year 2020, Federal News Network reported Monday

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USAF Submits Squadron Readiness Plans; Heather Wilson Quoted

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The U.S. Air Force is looking to boost the readiness rates of its F-22, F-35 and F-16 aircraft squadrons, according to a recently submitted plan, Defense News reported Saturday. These squadrons are currently at readiness levels below Secretary of Defense James Mattis' required rate of 80 percent.

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Report: Chris Inglis Emerges as Pentagon Chief’s Pick to Lead NSA Should Split From Cybercom Advance

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Chris Inglis, former deputy National Security Agency director, has turned up to be the top candidate to lead NSA should Defense Secretary James Mattis decide to split the agency from U.S. Cyber Command, The Washington Post reported Friday. Some sources told the publication the Pentagon chief was close to deciding on a plan to separate the dual-hat arrangement but decided to reconsider after Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of NSA and Cybercom, expressed concerns to Mattis about Cybercom’s capacity to operate on its own should the split push through.

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GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

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The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

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Air Force Cyber Mission Teams Achieve Operational Status

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The U.S. Air Force’s Cyber Mission Force teams reached full operational status Friday ahead of the U.S. Cyber Command deadline, slated for Sept. 30. CYBERCOM declared the status for the 39 teams after reviewing Air Forces Cyber’s assessment of personnel performance, the service branch said Thursday. The assessment involved the …

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Reports: DIUx Head Raj Shah Steps Down

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Raj Shah, head of the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, resigned from his post Thursday after a nearly two-year stint with the organization, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Navy Capt. Sean Heritage will step into the acting leadership role at DIUx. Shah, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, took the helm in May …

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