Tag Archives: US Air Force

Air Force Bomber Demonstrates Hypersonic Kill Chain in Recent Exercise; Lt. Col. Joe Little Quoted

B-52 Bomber

A Boeing-made B-52 Stratofortress stealth bomber demonstrated hypersonic shooting earlier this month during an Alaska-bound sortie that lasted over 13 hours. The bomber shot a practice target with the AGM-183 hypersonic weapon from a distance of 600 nautical miles during the Northern Edge 21 exercise, which took place on May 5, Air Force Global Strike Command said Thursday.

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Japanese Forces Visit Air Control Squadron for Cyber Defense Input; Capt. Ali Syed Quoted

Cyber Defense System

The 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron welcomed visitors from the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Japan's national security force to inform them about cyber defense systems. From April 4th to 10th, operators from the squadron walked the visitors through the functions of Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter, a deployable cyber defense system.

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Air Force Releases FY 2019/2020 Acquisition Management Report; Darlene Costello Quoted

Acquisition Management

A new biennial report from the Department of the Air Force states that the department has made progress in its procurement management through the use of commercial ventures and digital acquisition strategies. The Air Force detailed in the fiscal year 2019/2020 Acquisition Biennial Report how it quickened the pace of delivering technologies to warfighters through rapid acquisition authorities and mid-tier acquisition procedures, the service branch said Friday.

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Air Force to Buy Boeing F-15EX Fighter Jets in Aircraft Fleet Modernization Push; Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson Quoted

F-15EX Eagle II

The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a new Boeing-built fighter jet to help the service branch meet its capacity goals while providing operational and developmental testing opportunities for USAF aircraft. The first formal training unit for F-15EX will operate under the 173rd Fighter Wing at the Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Oregon by 2024. 

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Air Force to Investigate Hypersonic ARRW Booster Vehicle Issues After Attempted Flight Test; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Hypersonic ARRW

The U.S. Air Force will investigate system defects following an incomplete launch sequence of a hypersonic booster weapon over the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of Oxnard, California. The flight test, intended to be the eighth assessment for the ARRW program, focused on evaluating the weapon’s aircraft release, performance and separation capacity.

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Former DARPA Head Victoria Coleman Assumes Air Force Chief Scientist Post

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has assumed her new role as chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. Laura McAndrews, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, told the publication in an email that Coleman officially succeeded Richard Joseph as the service branch’s lead scientist last week.

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Air Force to Pick Research Concepts for Energy Infrastructure Innovation

Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Air Force plans to select research proposals on energy storage and infrastructure modernization to mitigate reliance on fossil fuels. The Air Force said Friday that its AFWERX innovation arm partnered with Air Force Futures to launch the Reimagining Energy for the Department of Defense Challenge in September 2020. 

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Maj. Gen. Craig Wills: Air Force Finds VR-Trained Pilots Doing Well With F-22, F-35 Models

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills

Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Education and Training Command (AETC), said students have been performing better with the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II aircraft through virtual reality training. Wills said USAF determined this from data of individuals who graduated from the Pilot Training Next (PNT) program, which put trainees in virtual and augmented reality training. 

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