Daily Report

Jan. 11, 2012

Seeking Planned Communities

The Air Force’s space-launch infrastructure requires modernization, said Gen. William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command. The facilities at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and Vandenberg AFB, Calif., are already a half-century old, plus the two locations aren’t standardized, said...

Building Old Ties, and New Ones

The United States needs to build a “tangible presence” in the Western Pacific, especially with traditional allies and its more nascent partnerships, to maintain the peace in areas like the South China Sea, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan...

US Interests at Risk

Overlapping territorial claims, resource deposits, and an increasingly strong and assertive Chinese military presence are putting US leadership in the South China Sea to the test, said two Center for a New American Security analysts on Tuesday. During a panel...

Air Force Buys Space Launch Vehicles

The Air Force on Tuesday awarded United Launch Alliance a $1.5 billion contract for nine evolved expendable launch vehicles to support upcoming national security space missions. Included in this buy are five Atlas V rockets for the launch of the...

Year in Review: July 2011

Air Frame: Year in Review, July 2011: The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on July, 21, 2011, shown here, ending three decades of US shuttle flights. The next day, President Obama certified the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law that banned homosexuals from openly serving in the US military. Also in July, Leon Panetta was sworn in as the 23rd Defense Secretary, replacing Robert Gates. The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board began reviewing the F-22's onboard oxygen-generation systems following the fleet-wide grounding in May 2011. And, on July 14, 2011, the Pentagon unveiled its first cyberspace strategy. The Air Force also approved a plan in July to beddown 36 F-35 strike fighters at Nellis AFB, Nev., to support test activities and weapons school training there. Eglin AFB, Fla., also received its first two F-35As. NASA photo

CSAF Releases 2012 Reading List

Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced his 2012 reading list, which includes 13 books. "We airmen are innovators because we embrace the word 'why' and mine it for better, smarter ways to operate," wrote Schwartz in a letter to airmen dated Jan. 6. This year's list includes, for the first time, supplementary films, treatises, and Internet-based resources. The list of topics includes foreign policy, diversity, technology, the US Constitution, and reality-based fiction, according to the letter. Schwartz said he will highlight a few of the books each quarter of the year in an effort to "foster our steady professional development." For the first three months, he recommends: Airpower for Strategic Effect by Colin Gray; Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand; and Start with Why by Simon Sinek. (SAF/PA release) (See also the 2011 list.)

Ice No Match for Ingenuity

Cobbling together three 3,850-gallon tanks and some spare parts and piping, engineers and maintainers built a pre-mix station, vastly accelerating aircraft de-icing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Filling trucks from 55-gallon drums of deicing fluid and mixing the solution with water...

French Connection-UK

The French air base that hosted Air Force KC-135s from RAF Mildenhall, Britain, last year during operations over Libya recently sent a French KC-135 tanker on a reciprocal visit. Deployed as the 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, airmen of Mildenhall’s...

O’Keefe Named Chairman of EADS North America’s Board

Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America's chief executive officer is now also chairman of the company's board of directors, announced the company Tuesday. Effective on Jan. 1, he replaced Ralph Crosby, who has retired, in the chairman's role. "EADS North America just concluded a remarkable year in 2011, having successfully expanded our product portfolio in the US, increased the company's recognition with our federal and military customers, and extended our record of within-budget and on-time deliveries of the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter to our US military customers," said O'Keefe. He added, "Ralph Crosby's leadership over the last nine years was foundational to these successes." O'Keefe, a former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator, became CEO of EADS North America in November 2009.