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Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith Named Deputy Commander of Special Ops Joint Task Force-Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith, formerly director of force management and deployment at the U.S. Special Operations Command, has been appointed as deputy commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Friday. He will spearhead SOJTF-A in efforts to carry out counterinsurgency, security and counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan. Smith …

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GAO: Air Force, Army Should Modify Human Capital Planning Strategies to Address UAS Pilot Shortage

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army modify the service branches’ respective human capital planning strategies to address unmanned aerial system pilot shortages and training shortfalls. GAO said in a report published Tuesday both service branches should also evaluate workforce mixes for UAS pilot positions as …

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Air Force Concludes T-38C Trainer Aircraft Modification Effort

Technicians from the 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron have completed modifications to the U.S. military’s T-38C Talon jet trainers as part of a $50 million aircraft modernization project. The U.S. Air Force said Monday the squadron integrated an updated video data transfer system and a speed break indicator switch into the last of …

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Profile: Gregory Christ, ISR Operations Director at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Gregory Christ serves as the director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In this capacity, he supports the Defense Department to develop ISR operations and special projects intelligence policies and guidance for USD(I)’s defense intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and security initiatives. He …

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President Trump: Lockheed Cuts Price on Next F-35 Production Lot

President Donald Trump has said Lockheed Martin moved to lower the price of the next batch of 90 F-35s by approximately $600 million, The Washington Post reported Monday. Aaron Gregg writes Trump made the statement after weeks of discussion with Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson about the program’s cost. Last month, Hewson gave Trump her personal commitment to drive down the …

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Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty Named 19th Air Force Unit Commander

Brig. Gen. Patrick Doherty, former commander of the 82nd Training Wing at the Air Education and Training Command, has been appointed to lead AETC’s 19th Air Force unit, the Defense Department announced Friday. He will lead the organization that trains more than 30,000 U.S. and allied aircrews, air battle managers, remotely piloted aircraft crews …

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