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  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 33 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • Airbus sees possible future sales of 'hundreds' of 400M in U.S.

    09/12/2014 7:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 11 September 2014
    WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus said on Thursday that it sees the possibility of selling hundreds of its A400M military transport plane to the U.S. military in the medium to long term. Barry Eccleston, president of Airbus Americas Inc, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that the company was focused on securing additional orders for the UH-72 helicopter that it builds in Mississippi in the short term, but its "next big project" would be focused on marketing the A400M. "There's this incredible airplane that can do just about everything," Eccleston said, noting that Airbus saw possible sales...
  • In Memory of Lawrence (Larry) N. Guarino, Col, USAF (Ret)

    ... Larry received his wings and commission in the U.S Air Force in 1943. During WWII, he saw service in North Africa, Italy and China. He was recalled again for the Korean War. He was later assigned to the Philippines, Japan, and Okinawa. Major Guarino was flying combat missions in Southeast Asia in early 1965 when he was shot down and forced to eject over North Vietnam. He was captured and taken as prisoner of war, spending the next 2,801 days in captivity. Colonel Guarino was released on February 12, 1973. He was awarded the nation's second highest award, the...
  • New Bill Would Open Air Force to Deaf

    08/13/2014 4:32:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 46 replies
    www.military.com/ ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    Deaf and severely hearing impaired individuals could soon serve in the Air Force if legislation introduced in July by a California lawmaker is passed. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce a bill that would allow deaf and hearing impaired people to serve in the Air Force as part of a pilot or demonstration program. Current Defense Department hearing requirements bar the deaf from serving, as well as individuals who currently require or previously used a hearing aid, or have a cochlear ear implant.
  • Marking 70th Anniversary of WWII Halyard Mission Rescue with Lt. Col. Milton Friend (USAF,Ret.)

    08/11/2014 3:06:37 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Lt. Col. Milton Friend (USAF, Ret,) / Aleksandra Rebic
    Aleksandra's Note: ...Lt. Col. Milton Friend of the USAF, a Halyard Mission veteran that I met in person in Chicago in 1994 for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Halyard Mission Rescue Operation, got in touch with me in 2009. I had wondered if he was still living. Indeed he was, and he had a story to tell. When I searched for him on the internet, I discovered that he was not featured anywhere that I could find. I told him that his story needs to be made public and be given wide exposure, and it is my absolute pleasure...
  • Air Force launching satellites to spy on other satellites

    07/22/2014 1:53:09 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is about to put a new advanced satellite into space to spy on other countries’ satellites. On Wednesday, a Delta IV rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., and place two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites into orbit. They will be the first GSSAP satellites ever launched. “This neighborhood watch twosome … will be on the lookout for nefarious capability other nations might try to place in that critical orbital regime,” Gen. William Shelton, the head of Air Force Space Command, told reporters at the Pentagon. Because of its enhanced maneuvering capabilities,...
  • Air Force command nominee is 1st woman, non-pilot

    07/17/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation....
  • Pentagon Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet Over Engine Problems

    The military on Thursday said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at a Florida air base, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred...
  • US Air Force's F-22s & F-15s Just Battled One Of Their Most Feared Foes

    07/03/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/27/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    In what was one of the most outrageous Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) opportunities of the decade, and the first time the F-22 Raptor made a SE Asia international exercise appearance, Cope Taufan brought the US and Malaysian air arms closer together in a wonderfully aggressive manner. Cope Taufan is a biennial exercise between Malaysia and the US, and it has grown over the past few evolutions to become one of the premier multinational air combat exercises in the hemisphere. For 2014, America's most capable air-to-air fighters were deployed to take part, and sending the Raptor to Malaysia fired a...
  • Stealth bombing until 2058: B-2 receiving massive upgrade for future missions

    06/26/2014 10:37:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    -The Washington Times ^ | June 25, 2014 11:26 AM | By Douglas Ernst
    Northrop Grumman Corp has won a five-year contract valued at up to $9.9 billion from the U.S. Air Force to modernize and support the B-2 stealth bomber, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday. The Air Force is going to make sure everyone’s favorite bat-winged bomber stays stealth through 2058. The B-2 Spirit will be included in upcoming modernization planning being conducted by the Pentagon. Northrop Grumman has a contract with the Pentagon to complete a massive upgrade on the nuclear bomber. Its $9.9 billion contract will include new computer processors, avionics, radar warning receivers and communications gear, the defense website military.com...
  • Kirtland Air Force Base Hosts Homosexual Pride Picnic

    06/26/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 06/26/2014 | Dave Blount
    As hardcore Islamic maniacs close in on Baghdad, Iran puts the finishing touches on its nuclear weaponry, Russia annexes its neighbors, and communist China flexes its muscles, this story from Albuquerque gives an idea of what Commander in Chief Barack Hussein Obama has our troops doing: Kirtland Air Force Base will celebrate their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members at a Thursday picnic. … Kirtland is embracing the LGBT community in a historic way. For the first time ever, the base will host a pride picnic on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Millennium Park. Nature abhors a...
  • Kirtland to host annual LGBT Pride Picnic (New Mexico Air Force Base)

    06/24/2014 4:53:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 24, 2014 | Charles D. Brunt
    On Thursday, Kirtland Air Force Base will host an event that just three years ago could have cost many airmen their careers – the first-ever Team Kirtland LGBT Pride Picnic. “The significance of this event is, for me, the normalization of us (the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community) as part of the Air Force community,” said David Hardy, the civilian director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland and head of the event’s coordinating committee. “I like seeing that, finally, openly, it is recognized that the LGBT community is part of the Air Force family.”...
  • A-10 backers win House vote to save plane

    06/20/2014 7:39:41 AM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | David Wichner Arizona Daily Star
    The U.S. House on Thursday overwhelmingly adopted an amendment to the 2015 defense appropriation bill that would prohibit the Pentagon from spending any money to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet — a mainstay of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But the fate of the venerated “Warthog” close-air-support jet remains far from certain, as the Senate still must act, and the issue will likely be hammered out in conference committee. The amendment’s bipartisan adoption was a victory for Rep. Ron Barber, a Tucson Democrat, and other A-10 supporters, who were chagrined when the House Appropriations Committee left A-10 funding out of...
  • The B-52 bomber: Long-standing symbol of US strength

    06/13/2014 7:49:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 June 2014 | Jonathan Beale
    The Boeing B-52 - sometimes known as the Stratofortress - is a long-range, jet-powered strategic bomber which is widely expected to prop up the US Air Force well beyond the year 2045 Before our marathon eight-hour flight Captain Thomas Hyde, the commanding officer of one of the B-52 bombers, briefly describes the mission. He says we will be doing a number of simulated bombing runs around what he calls "the island". He makes it sound like a short training flight over a remote abandoned outcrop of rock somewhere in the North Sea. But the island he is referring to is...
  • The U.S. Air Force's New AC-130 Gunships Are Really Bomb Trucks

    06/03/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The AC-130 flying gunship fleet is one of the most fabled and feared assets in the entire USAF inventory. Known for its ability to unleash a broadside of cannon fire in the dead of night, the newest of the AC-130 lot is more about smart bombs than raining lead and howitzer shells down on the enemy. Before the turn of the decade it became clear that the aging AC-130 fleet was in low supply and exceedingly high demand. As a result the Air Force Special Operations Command decided that it should augment the existing fleet on AC-130H and AC-130Us in...
  • In survey, Lackland drill instructors rip leaders, say they fear recruits

    05/29/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sig Christenson
    A survey of basic-training instructors conducted during the worst sex scandal in Air Force history revealed a sharp distrust of senior commanders at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and a widespread fear of recruits. In occasionally bitter comments, some instructors lashed out at basic-training leaders. They talked of stressful working conditions and declining standards that had made training too easy, with recruits even saying they expected to have a harder time. The survey, done last year and obtained this week by the San Antonio Express-News, revealed basic training remains haunted by recruit abuse and misconduct, the same issues that prompted a...
  • Air Force security team botched drill simulating attack on nuke missile silo, report reveals

    05/22/2014 6:16:06 PM PDT · by windcliff · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-22-14 | unknown
    A blistering internal review has revealed that an Air Force security team botched a training exercise last summer that simulated an attack on a nuclear missile silo, prompting expanded training to prepare for the possibility of a real attack. A senior U.S. defense official confirmed the details of the report to Fox News. The report was first obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. The review said the security forces were unable to speedily regain control of the captured silo during the exercise at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, calling the failure a "critical...
  • Triple-Amputee Iraqi War Hero’s Letter Shames the President of the United States

    05/11/2014 4:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 10, 2014 | Mike Miller
    We embrace heroes in America. Senior Airman Brian Kolfage defines hero: the triple-amputee veteran of the Iraqi War overcame insurmountable odds to survive his horrific injuries. Kolfage recently sent a powerful – and damning – letter to his commander-in-chief: I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life....
  • Dover Air Force Base on Lockdown

    05/08/2014 8:51:03 AM PDT · by blueyon · 127 replies
    WBOC 16 ^ | 5/8/14 | Rachel Rea
    DOVER, Del. - The Dover Air Force Base is on lockdown because of a suspicious person on base. Dover Air Force Base Public Affairs said the base went on lockdown around 11:00 a.m.
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar

    04/27/2014 11:56:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    America’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that’s not how things are working out. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft—is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor is it particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter...
  • Force Mismanagement: AFPC Botches Retirements, Airmen Caught in Crossfire

    04/06/2014 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Geosmth · 5 replies
    jqpublic-blog.com ^ | 6 April 2014 | Tony Carr
    Late in the day on April 4th (just before AFPC closed its doors and unplugged its phones for the weekend), notices began going out to airmen retracting previously approved retirements, explaining that approval had been “erroneous.” They’d been given permission to retire, allowed to act on it for a few days, and then informed AFPC was “taking back” that approval. In some cases, this second notice came after the acceptance of a job offer or the hiring of a real estate agent. Spouses gave notice at work or accepted new jobs. In some cases, child care providers were given notice...
  • Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

    03/28/2014 3:07:23 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 3-27-14 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported. A 10th commander, the senior officer at the base, resigned and will retire from the Air Force. Air Force officials called the discipline unprecedented in the history of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The Associated Press last year revealed a series of security and other problems in the ICBM force, including a failed safety...
  • Retired USAF general says Malaysia 370 may have landed in Pakistan

    03/19/2014 4:35:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3-19-2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Lt. General Thomas McInerney USAF (ret) is a man to be reckoned with, and he has gone out on a limb citing sources he cannot reveal for his assertion that Malaysia Airlines 370 was taken by a criminal act, that the United States government knows more than it is revealing, and that the airplane could well be on the ground on Pakistan.
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • Bible controversy hits Air Force base

    03/15/2014 3:07:48 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits. “They kicked us out,” Gideon’s volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. “They told us, ‘get your Bibles out.’” Gaylan Johnson, is a public affairs officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command. He told...
  • Father of Airman shot by Opelika police officer speaks out

    03/14/2014 10:13:08 PM PDT · by Altariel · 42 replies
    WSFA.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Elisabeth White
    OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - News Leader 9's Elizabeth White spoke with the father of the 20-year-old Airman who was shot in the stomach March 6 by an Opelika police officer. It was the first on-camera interview Billy Davidson has done since the incident. He met with us in a parking lot just across the street from East Alabama Medical Center, where his son is still recovering with serious injuries to his stomach. Billy tells us his son is and has always been a good kid who is dedicated to his Air Force career. He is well-loved by his friends, family...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 5:12:33 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • AF continues to airlift Rwandan units to Central African Republic

    02/14/2014 4:31:42 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    af.mil ^ | Published January 20, 2014 | Capt. Christine Guthrie
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AFNS) -- Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. The joint operation with personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force is in support of an African Union effort to confront destabilizing forces and violence within Central African Republic. "The African Union has decided to stand up a mission in the Central African Republic to decrease the violence that has been occurring over the last several months," Lt. Col. Allen Pepper, senior officer in Central African...
  • Air Force brass: Culture of fear led to cheating

    02/01/2014 3:47:53 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 31, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS
    A worrisome culture of fear that made launch officers believe they had to get perfect test scores to be promoted fueled a widening cheating scandal within the military's nuclear missile corps, according to Air Force officials. (snip) Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said the scandal hasn't affected the safety or reliability of the military's nuclear mission. (snip) All 92 officers — nearly 17 percent of the force — have been decertified and taken off the job while the scandal is being investigated. That means other launch officers and staff must fill in, performing 10 24-hour shifts per month, instead...
  • Air Force first lieutenant also a Seattle ‘Sea Gal’

    01/30/2014 11:48:28 AM PST · by Doogle · 23 replies
    NY POST ^ | 01/29/14 | Natalie O'Neill
    One of the hardest-working competitors to hit the field at the Super Bowl this weekend isn’t a football player — she’s a stunning Seahawks cheerleader who is also a first lieutenant in the US Air Force. Rookie “Sea Gal” Alicia Quaco, 25, works long days as a contract manager for the Air Force before rushing to evening cheerleading practice, where she trades camouflage fatigues for tiny shorts, glittery makeup and pompoms. “It’s a lot of costume changes. I don’t get to wear normal clothes very often. And I have hardly any free time,” she said.
  • How a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle shot down an Iraqi Mig-23 Flogger during Desert Storm

    01/30/2014 5:33:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 29 2014 | Dario Leone
    Developed at the end of the 1960s to be the best air superiority fighter in the world, the F-15 proved to be a real MiG Killer during the Operation Desert Storm scoring most of the allied aerial victories. During the Air War over Iraq the mighty Eagle proved also to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots also after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to avoid the destruction of their air force, Iraqis flew their aircraft to Iran and to prevent this “exodus” the U.S. Air Force was forced...
  • F-35 faces familiar dogfight with competing facts

    01/30/2014 5:29:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 01/30/2014 | Stephen Trimble
    More than 12 years after launching development, a now-familiar scenario for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme is playing out again: a team of outside government evaluators predict a major new delay for entry into operational service, while programme insiders insist that no such thing will happen. Only time will tell which side’s predictions prove most accurate, but the history of the F-35's thrice-delayed operational debut favours the Federal team. The latest debate focuses on the newly-released annual assessment by the office of Michael Gilmore, director of the office of test and evaluation (DOT&E). Last July, Gilmore told Congress that he...
  • Air Force Swears: Our Nuke Launch Code Was Never '00000000'

    01/21/2014 4:11:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JANUARY 20, 2014 | DAN LAMOTHE
    For nearly a decade, an awkward debate has raged about the U.S. military's nuclear force: Did top Air Force officials really choose "00000000" as a code that could enable the launch of a nuclear missile? Ten years later, in a document obtained by Foreign Policy, the U.S. military told Congress that it never happened. But is the Pentagon telling the truth? Bruce Blair, a nuclear security expert and former launch officer , says no. Blair, now a scholar and author at Princeton University, first raised the idea in a piece published in 2004. He accused the Air Force of circumventing...
  • Senior enlisted airman at Offutt's 55th Wing relieved of duty

    01/18/2014 7:30:55 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | By Steve Liewer
    The senior enlisted airman at Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing was removed from his position earlier this week, base officials acknowledged Friday. Chief Master Sgt. William Thomaston Jr. was relieved Monday after the wing commander, Col. Greg Guillot, "determined that (Thomaston) couldn't effectively perform his duties," said Delanie Stafford, a 55th Wing spokesman. Thomaston had been Guillot's principal enlisted adviser, responsible for the military readiness and well-being of more than 5,000 enlisted airmen at Offutt. Stafford described the decision as "sudden" but said he couldn't discuss details because of privacy laws.
  • Yes, the CIA Flew U-2 Spy Planes From Aircraft Carriers

    01/16/2014 8:21:12 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    Medium.com via Real Clear Histroy ^ | January 13, 2014 | By Steve Weintz
    On May 1, 1960, the Soviet Union shot down a CIA U-2 spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers. It was an international crisis for America’s intelligence agencies. A planned summit between Pres. Dwight Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrushchev was scuttled, much to Eisenhower’s embarrassment and to the fury of the Pakistanis, from whose territory the flight had been launched. First flown in 1957, the 63-foot-long, jet-powered U-2—capable of flying as high as 70,000 feet—is still used by the U.S. Air Force. But after the Powers incident, basing the plane in foreign countries became problematic. Their mere presence...
  • RSK-MiG 'working on lightweight fighter'

    01/14/2014 12:19:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | 12 January 2014 | Reuben F Johnson
    Russian aircraft manufacturer RSK-MiG seems to be quietly at work developing a new, lightweight fighter concept that could be a single-engine, lower-tier complement to the Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA fighter currently in developmental flight testing. Discussions about this MiG project have been around for some time, but speculation about the programme's status was raised by an announcement at the end of December that the single, flying prototype of the MiG 1.44 fifth-generation Multirole Fighter (MFI) project will be put in "conservation storage at a hangar located at the Gromov Flight Research Institute [LII]", according to an official statement by MiG. Up to...
  • US Air Force drug probe grows to 10 officers

    01/10/2014 9:05:35 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>An Air Force investigation into alleged drug use in the ranks has expanded to include 10 officers at six bases in the U.S. and Britain.</p> <p>Nine lieutenants and one captain are being investigated for illegal possession of recreational drugs, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth said Friday. The case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base in California and quickly widened to several other bases because of the airmen's contacts with others about drug possession, he said.</p>
  • Helicopter Crashes Off North Norfolk Coast (RAF Lakenheath, England)

    4 Believed Dead. God speed, airmen
  • It’s time to abolish the Air Force(Boston Globe Opinion piece)

    01/07/2014 6:17:54 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 63 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06 Jan 2014 | By James Carroll
    Boston Globe must be excerped only(copyright)
  • From the Pentagon to life in a van

    01/06/2014 6:47:49 AM PST · by LSUfan · 81 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5 January 2014 | Julie Zauzmer
    After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van: Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor? Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tried that."
  • Will the F-35 Dominate the Skies?

    12/30/2013 9:17:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 76 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 27, 2013 | Robert Farley
    What are we to make of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)? Over the past several months, several pieces of good news about the program have emerged. The Royal Netherlands Air Force [3] just became the second partner organization to operate the F-35. While new reports note a deal is not finalized, a South Korean purchase of the plane [4] looks likely and with Japan [5] [6]already committed the plane looks set to soar in Asian skies. Indeed, while several partners have reduced their commitment over the last year, none have backed out fully. The F-35 Lightning II...
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • USAF Band Flash Mob at Air and Space Museum

    12/11/2013 5:54:18 AM PST · by silverleaf · 15 replies
    Military Times ^ | December 2013 | unknown
    A very entertaining and inspirational 6 minutes. Just wish I'd been there. Lucky the atheists weren't there with their lawyers to stop the show.
  • Newspaper confirms former Air Force Academy cadet's OSI account

    12/09/2013 6:11:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | December 7, 2013 | Dave Philipps
    When former Air Force Academy cadet Eric Thomas faced a disciplinary board in August 2012, a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said he would come to explain how Thomas worked dozens of cases as a confidential informant and had been of great service to the Air Force. The agent never showed up, and Thomas was expelled from the academy eight months later. On Friday, an active-duty member of the Air Force Academy with direct knowledge of the case said the agent, Brandon Enos, did not show up because he was told not to by the...
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • The SR-71 Spy Plane Was So Fast, It Outran Every Missile Fired at It

    12/05/2013 5:28:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 5, 2013 | Dario Leone and David Cenciotti
    Until Lockheed Martin finally builds the SR-72 Mach-6 spy plane it announced in November, the iconic SR-71 Blackbird, capable of flying three times the speed of sound, remains the fastest warplane ever flown operationally. So fast that no missiles fired at it had a chance of hitting. When the U-2 spy plane was built in the 1950s, its designer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson already knew that it would be vulnerable to enemy defenses.