Feel the Beat

The Air Force is implementing changes to its global air and space expeditionary force construct to provide more predictability in tour length and tempo for airmen, especially those in stressed career fields such as security forces and battlefield airmen who...

New Counter-Bio Plan Takes Effect

The Air Force’s counter-biological warfare concept of operations has achieved initial operational capability across the service after six years of analysis and testing. USAF said in a May 13 release the CONOPS outlines how the service will prepare for dealing...

Recruiting Still Strong

The Air Force met its recruiting goals for April, matching its plan to attract 2,435 new accessions, according to figures that the Department of Defense released May 12. In fact, all of the services met or exceeded their goals for...

Ponying Up

Lockheed Martin will pay the US government $10.5 million to settle a lingering dispute dealing with overpayments made by the Air Force years ago for work on the now-retired Titan IV space launch vehicle. The Wall Street Journal reported May...

Tweaking the Foreign Approach

The Air Force is embarking on a new global partnership strategy that it says will be a more expansive and improved means of building relationships, interoperable capabilities, and partnership capacity with international friends and allies. The new plan will replace USAF’s current security cooperation strategy, Bruce S. Lemkin, the Air Force’s deputy under secretary for International Affairs, said in a May 13 statement. It will incorporate elements of irregular warfare, security force assistance (formerly train, test, and assist activities), and building partnership capacity portfolios, in addition to the traditional counter-insurgency, foreign internal defense, security cooperation, security assistance, and international military education and training aspects of the former plan, he said. Lemkin’s office will host the first meeting of the global partnership strategy working group May 19 to 22 in Crystal City, Va., to discuss building global partnerships with representatives from across the service.

NATO C-17 Plan Moves Forward

The long-talked-about plan for NATO members to purchase several Boeing C-17s transports and jointly operate them took an important step forward May 9 with the Pentagon’s notification to Congress of the pending foreign military sale of two C-17s to the...

Don’t Lose Track

The 1980s-era ground-surveillance and tracking radar system resident on the Air Force’s 17 E-8C Joint STARS aircraft will no longer have replacement parts available to it by around 2012 and will only be able to continue operating by the middle...

No Let-up in Air Support

Highlighting coalition air operations May 12 in Southwest Asia, F-16s dropped 500-pound joint direct attack munitions onto improvised explosive devices located in a palm grove in Baghdad, Iraq, Air Forces Central announced May 13. Also in Baghdad, an MQ-9 Reaper...

Dayton Needs You

The Air Force Research Lab, over the next few years, is facing the challenge of filling about 1,200 highly specialized personnel slots at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, outside of Dayton, so it can establish centers of excellence for human performance and...

Exercise Emphasizes Domestic Aeromed Evac

US Transportation Command participated in exercise Ultimate Caduceus 08 at the beginning of May in Washington State to test the command’s ability to support civil authorities in the mass evacuation of casualties by air after a devastating domestic attack involving...

Air Sorties From SWA

Air Sorties in War on Terrorism, Southwest AsiaMay 11, 2008

Sortie Type
CAS/Armed Recon
Air refueling

OIF=Operation Iraqi Freedom

OEF=Operation Enduring Freedom


YTD = Year to Date

Airlift includes Horn of Africa data