U.S. Space Command could spend another 10 months in limbo after President Donald Trump spurned a full-press lobbying effort from Colorado to keep the command, which is temporarily located at Peterson Air Force Base, and steered clear of a commitment.
“Determining the best way to transfer personnel into the Space Force is not an easy task,” writes Army Maj. Gen. Ryan Stephenson, a space operations officer assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration. “DOD will have to balance its drive to change the culture of our current space operators and streamline space activities, with the potential impacts to other military branches that depend on space technology to fight and win.
A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect Feb. 21, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal Feb. 29 aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.
“Everyone is tired of war,” writes Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of the Taliban. “I am convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop.”
Turkey has asked the U.S. to deploy two Patriot missile-defense batteries on its southern border to free it to punish any future attacks by Russian-backed Syrian troops, according to a senior Turkish official in Ankara.
The L3Harris-built Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) platform is on track for a critical design review by the Air Force Research Laboratory, after the GPS satellite testbed cleared a preliminary design review by Air Force officials in February. "It is basically the forerunner for the next-generation of capability in GPS satellites," said Bill Gattle, president of space systems at L3Harris' space and airborne systems division.
Boeing subsidiary Tapestry Solutions has secured a five-year contract from the Air Force to sustain and modernize the Global Decision Support System (GDSS)—a key command and control software platform that supports global Air Mobility Command missions.
Three of Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky’s experimental helicopters flew together for the first time in a public demonstration Feb. 20 at the company’s flight test facility. The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant coaxial demonstrator made its public flight debut reaching a cruise speed of 140 knots and demonstrating low-speed agility at lower acoustic levels compared to a conventional helicopter.
An all African-American KC-135 crew from Fairchild Air Force Base undertook a mission to refuel F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 187th Fighter Wing, a historic Red Tail Squadron, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Feb. 18, in honor of Black History Month. The flight represented black military heritage and provided tribute to the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, who played a significant wartime role and paved the way for minority representation in today’s Air Force.