The Air Force’s Miniature Air Launched Decoy is a veteran of combat. Or, then again, maybe not. In a press release last week from decoy-maker Raytheon, a company executive referred to the decoy as “combat-proven.” That was news to us since we were aware of no previous Air Force or company declaration of this seemingly important milestone. Air Combat Command did not refute the claim, but declined to provide the Daily Report with any details, citing operational security. “We cannot discuss operational details of MALD employment since such information would decrease our ability to effectively employ the system,” said an ACC spokesman on Sept. 28. Click here to continue to the full report.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.