Tag Archives: U.S. Air Force

Air Force Renames 55th Communications Squadron to Reflect Cyber Mission; Lt. Col. Christopher Wong Quoted

55th Cyber Squadron

The U.S. Air Force has rebranded its 55th Communications Squadron to emphasize the military unit's role in communication infrastructure security at Offutt AF Base in Nebraska and cyber defense mission work at the service branch. USAF said Sunday the redesignation to 55th Cyber Squadron comes after the group completed a set of requirements and internal restructuring efforts.

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Air Force Squadron Undergoes Rescue Training for Commercial Spaceflight Missions

38th Rescue Squadron

The U.S. Air Force conducted a five-day training of 38th Rescue Squadron members to prepare them for potential urgent response operations in support of Boeing and SpaceX missions under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The 38th RSQ Blue Team learned how to land in the ocean with water gear and familiarize themselves with different boat packages. 

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Frank Kendall OKs Infrastructure Plan for Grand Forks Air Force Base to Support ISR Missions

Grand Forks AF Base

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 winner, has approved the service branch's plan to build and renovate facilities at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota to prepare the military installation for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

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Victoria Coleman: USAF Must Adopt Zero-Trust Approach for Microchip Security

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has urged the service branch to adopt a zero-trust approach for securing microprocessor chips in military computing and weapon systems. The former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency noted that the zero-trust architecture could help in averting the domino effect that a compromised part could have on a whole system. 

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AFRL Receives Quantum Info Science Research Center Designation; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has received designation as a central hub for exploring the application of quantum computing technologies to the Department of the Air Force. John Roth, who served as acting SecAF from January to July 2021, signed off on a memo April 23 to grant the Quantum Information Science Research Center status to AFRL. 

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Must ‘Rightsize’ Capabilities to Confront Global Security Threats

Charles Brown Jr.

Gen. Charles Brown Jr., chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, said at a recent National Press Club event that the service branch must determine the right mix of force, aircraft and technology necessary to confront projected national and global security challenges in 2030. “I really believe, without change, we are at risk of losing," Brown said.

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USAF Provides 2 Boeing-Built Chinook Helicopters to Australia as Part of Foreign Military Sales Program

CH-47K Chinook

The U.S. Air Force completed the delivery of two CH-47F Chinook helicopters, manufactured by Boeing, from Dover AF Base in Delaware to a military airbase in Townsville, Australia, under a foreign military sales deal. USAF said Monday its 9th Airlift Squadron used a C-5M Super Galaxy to transport the Chinooks that the Australian government procured for its army.

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Air Force Concludes 5th Architecture Demo, Evaluation for Increased Domain Awareness; Preston Dunlap Quoted

Architecture

The U.S. Air Force has completed its weeks-long exercise aimed at achieving increased domain awareness and decision superiority through a mission architecture powered by commercial innovations. The fifth Architecture Demonstration and Evaluation event saw various U.S. military organizations integrating artificial intelligence, networking technologies, classified-level mobile devices and other capabilities from the private sector.

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Air Force Tests Vidisco-Built Digital Imaging Platform for Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Guardian 12 X-Ray System

The U.S. Air Force's explosive ordnance disposal technicians have tested a portable imaging system Vidisco developed to help military users view X-ray images of homemade and unexploded bombs. The 22-pound Guardian 12 Digital Radiographic device has a compact case that can be carried for flyaway operations and is designed to function even in extreme temperatures, the Air Force said Tuesday.

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