Air warfare and procurement of air combat weapons systems

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

The chairman of the powerful House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee is concerned that current emerging global threats and conflicts will slow down the implementation of the Pentagon’s much-discussed Pacific rebalance.

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

The Pentagon is poised to unveil a new collaborative research program in the upcoming 2016 defense budget submission.

McCain Wants Investigation into A-10 “Treason” Comments

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, January 23rd, 2015

McCain Wants Investigation into A-10 “Treason” Comments

Sen. John McCain has asked the Air Force secretary to open an investigation into the alleged comments made by an Air Force general about A-10 supporters

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

The Pentagon has chosen to close the Air-Sea Battle Office and fold their work into a new section of the Joint Staff.

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 16th, 2015

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

A top U.S. Air Force general warned officers that praising the A-10 attack plane to lawmakers amounts to “treason,” according to a news report.

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

The U.S. Air Force plans to apply a new acquisition strategy to a handful of weapons programs, from a new trainer aircraft to a battlefield intelligence system.

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

The Pentagon says it has no plans to back away from plans to retire the A-10 or recommend another round of BRAC.

Pentagon: F-35 Gun Will Fire in 2017

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Pentagon: F-35 Gun Will Fire in 2017

The fifth-generation stealth fighter’s GAU-22 gun and Electro-Optical Targeting System will be operational with the installation of the Block 3F software update in fiscal 2017.

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

The Air Force is facing a shortage of drone pilots for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones.

Lockheed Delivers 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in 2014

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Lockheed Delivers 36 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in 2014

The figure marks its production goal for the year and brings the total number of Joint Strike Fighters delivered to the U.S. and allies to 109 aircraft.

Pentagon Sets up F-35 Maintenance Plan in Asia

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Pentagon Sets up F-35 Maintenance Plan in Asia

The Pentagon’s F-35 program announced plans for the program’s maintenance and sustainment of the aircraft in the Asia Pacific.

F-35 Program Announces European Sustainment Plan

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

F-35 Program Announces European Sustainment Plan

The Pentagon announced how it plans to spend funding over the next 40 to 50 years sustaining and maintaining the F-35 in Europe for decades after it enters service.

Old A-10 and New F-35 Both Win in Spending Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Old A-10 and New F-35 Both Win in Spending Deal

The massive spending bill lawmakers unveiled late Tuesday includes more funding than the Pentagon requested for both F-35 and EA-18G aircraft.

Lawmakers Agree to Block Retirement of A-10 Fleet

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lawmakers Agree to Block Retirement of A-10 Fleet

The defense bill would still allow the Air Force to move as many 36 of the planes to back-up status, freeing up more maintainers for the F-35 program.

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

By Kris Osborn on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

The deal with Lockheed Martin includes new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and five planes for international partners.

Senator Says Air Force Misleading Congress in Pitch to Kill A-10

By Bryant Jordan on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Senator Says Air Force Misleading Congress in Pitch to Kill A-10

Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Air Force leaders have not provided the whole truth as they explain the need to retire the A-10 to pave way for F-35

Republicans Press to Save A-10 Following New Air Force Proposal

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Republicans Press to Save A-10 Following New Air Force Proposal

The Air Force has reportedly offered a compromise to only retire three A-10 squadrons, not the entire fleet.

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

By Richard Sisk on Monday, November 10th, 2014

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

Since Iraq is too dangerous at the moment, the U.S. military will begin delivering the F-16s the Baghdad government bought last year to Arizona.

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3.

Russia Delivers Last of U.S.-bought Helicopters to Afghan Military

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Russia Delivers Last of U.S.-bought Helicopters to Afghan Military

The last of 63 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters that the Pentagon ordered for Afghanistan’s military were delivered in October.

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