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F-15 Crash Raises Concerns on Aging Fleet

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

F-15 Crash Raises Concerns on Aging Fleet

The crash in Virginia last month of an F-15C Eagle fighter renewed concerns over the aging aircraft of the Air Force.

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

By Richard Sisk on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

Units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions deploying to Afghanistan in the fall will stay on into 2015.

Emerging Threats Won’t Stop Pacific Pivot: Locklear

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Emerging Threats Won’t Stop Pacific Pivot: Locklear

Escalating threats in the Mideast and Europe have yet to impact on the nation’s intent to shift forces to the Pacific, Adm. Samuel Locklear said Tuesday.

Hagel Traveling to Site of F-35 Fire

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Hagel Traveling to Site of F-35 Fire

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Eglin Air Force Base, scene of an F-35 fire last week, that has put the JSF’s performance at the Farnborough in doubt.

Navy Promotes First African-American Woman Four-Star

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Navy Promotes First African-American Woman Four-Star

The Navy promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to the rank of four-star admiral, making her the first female four-star in Navy history.

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

By Richard Sisk on Monday, June 30th, 2014

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

The Defense Department released an updated policy for countering WMDs that focused on prevention and partnering with allies.

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

The $58.6 billion request for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations next year is $20.9 billion less than the $79.4 billion placeholder originally included in the budget.

NORAD Scrambles Fighters Against Russian Bombers

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

NORAD Scrambles Fighters Against Russian Bombers

NORAD scrambled two F-22 Raptor and two F-15 Eagle fighters against a fleet of Russian bombers.

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

The White House had to act with extreme urgency to gain the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and had no time to give notification to Congress, a top Senate Democrat said Tuesday.

China’s Top Commander Tours San Diego

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

China’s Top Commander Tours San Diego

The visit comes a month before the start of the annual Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii, in which China plans to participate for the first time.

Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

Army leaders have yet to settle on how to back up the rebalance of forces to the Pacific.

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

The U-2 spy plane is a better suited than the Global Hawk for early warning of a North Korean attack, a top commander said.

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 14th, 2014

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

U.S. troops in Afghanistan must destroy up thousands of their own vehicles to save money, said Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Navy Buys Four More LCS for $1.4 Billion

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Navy Buys Four More LCS for $1.4 Billion

The Navy committed $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships even as the viability of the program remains in question.

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

The $22.8 billion Marine Corps budget request included funding for a major buildup of embassy security and quick reaction forces.

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

The assistant Defense Secretary for Acquisition reverses position that the Pacific Pivot will have to be “reconsidered.”

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

By Richard Sisk on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

Air Force secretary has placed a $41 billion bet that Congress will ease off on the mandatory spending cuts in the sequester process.

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

The proposed drone replacement for the U-2 spy plane is still years away from being as effective despite retirement proposal.

Pentagon Unveils Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Strategy

By Richard Sisk on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pentagon Unveils Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Strategy

DoD announced a long-term plan to share part of its reserved airwaves with industry while preserving security and access for the military.

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

By Richard Sisk on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

For decades, the services have been working toward getting their annual spending plans in shape for audits – but never actually had one done until the Corps did last year.

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