Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he intends to arrange tabletop exercises in the fall of this year to help the Defense Department establish and explore the “war fighting attributes” of a new combatant command for space, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Dunford wrote a memo to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to address the latter’s concerns about U.S. Space Command’s acquisition responsibilities.Read More »
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the service plans to increase the total number of operational squadrons to 386 and add 40K more personnel by 2030 to counter potential military threats posed by Russia and China, Reuters reported Monday. That figure represents a 24 percent increase from the service’s 312 squadrons today.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and a 2018 Wash100 awardee, warns the service branch must modernize its software acquisition process to keep up with the technological advances of adversaries.
Wilson noted during an Aug. 27th conference that documents such as the U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Software Management Guidebook contain outdated practices that inhibit modernization, the branch said Thursday.
The U.S. Air Force has established a new office that will aim to help sustain the military service’s legacy fleet and lower maintenance costs. USAF said Wednesday its Rapid Sustainment Office will undergo a two-year test period before consideration for permanency. “We will no longer pay premiums for things we can manufacture …Read More »
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, commented on the service branch’s need for technological development as she toured the service’s facilities in Texas on June 27 through 29. Wilson visited the AFWERX and the Pilot Training Next programs in Austin and the Randolph and Lackland sites of Joint Base …Read More »
The U.S. Air Force has transferred cyber responsibilities from the Air Force Space Command to the Air Combat Command as part of a mission realignment initiative. ACC will now serve as the military branch’s lead command responsible for helping Air Forces manage cyber missions and operations, USAF said Thursday. AFSPC will concentrate on efforts …Read More »
The U.S. Air Force and the National Science Foundation have signed a letter of intent to jointly conduct research and development efforts supporting national security. The NSF said Wednesday the partnership will focus on studies in the areas of space and geosciences, advanced materials sciences, information and data science and the development of …Read More »
The U.S. Air Force has identified three military bases as “reasonable alternative” hosts for the future long-range strike bomber aircraft. B-21 Raider bombers under development by Northrop Grumman will replace current B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit units stationed at Dyess AFB in Texas, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Whiteman AFB in Missouri, …Read More »