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John P. Roth

Air Force Comptroller to Step in as Acting Secretary After Inauguration

Air Force comptroller John P. Roth will temporarily take over as acting Air Force secretary before President-elect Joseph R. Biden names his pick to run the department, among a slew of other fiscal officials who will oversee their respective services. Defense News reported the information Jan. 14. The Biden team said in a statement it had “nothing to share for now” and the Air Force declined to comment. Roth is slated to leave the Air Force alongside multiple other high-ranking service officials, but will stick around at least briefly to manage the daily civilian oversight of the Air Force and Space Force.
The Pentagon

DOD Grapples With Extremist Troops as Congress Urges Investigation

The Pentagon is reckoning with the growing presence of ideological extremists in its ranks, especially white supremacists and militia members who target troops to bolster their organizations’ credibility. A group of lawmakers on Jan. 14 called on the Defense Department to launch a “comprehensive” investigation into the problem. The issue is a top concern in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, in which multiple veterans and at least one Active-duty service member took part.
National Guard Support Mission

Guard to Send 21,000 Troops to D.C. for Inauguration

National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson on Jan. 14 told government leaders to expect 21,000 Guard troops to be on the ground within the National Capital Region by Inauguration Day—an approximately threefold increase over the number of troops mobilized in Washington, D.C., as of Jan. 14. “Right now we have approximately 7,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on the ground in support of the Federal lead agency [the U.S. Secret Service], and we're building to 21,000 for the upcoming inauguration,” he said during a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Washington. “They're under the command and control of Maj. Gen. William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard and are …. providing security, communications, logistics in coordination with all supported agencies.”
Dr. Will Roper speaks to NYIT students and faculty about innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and Air Force Pitch Day

ABMS, Digital Engineering Decisions on Roper’s Final To-Do List

Air Force acquisition boss Will Roper told reporters Jan. 14 he hopes to wrap up at least two final items in his last week on the job: signing a strategy to develop and buy a mini-internet for the military to use in flight, and finishing new guidance on digital engineering to carry that practice into the future. “What I would like to see get over the goal line would be taking digital engineering to its most fulsome representation in Next-Generation Air Dominance, because it matters for so much more than building a next-generation tactical airplane,” said Roper, who is leaving the Air Force after nearly three years when the Biden administration is sworn in Jan. 20. His successor will take on a daunting list of modernization projects spanning nuclear weapons and bombers, a new tanker, wingman drones, and more. But to move the $60 billion acquisition portfolio forward, the Air Force will need to work smarter, not harder.

30th Anniversary of Desert Storm

Operation Desert Storm, the six-week conflict that redefined modern warfare and introduced elements such as stealth, large-scale use of precision weapons, and space support, began 30 years ago Sunday. The operation shaped the world's militaries, which underwent a “revolution in military affairs” in its aftermath.

30 Years After Desert Storm: Jan. 12-18

In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine will post a daily recollection from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait. This first post includes several days of events. Most future posts will just include a single day.

Virtual Events: Scowcroft Group’s Miller on Mitchell’s Nuclear Deterrence Series, and More

On March 23, the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies will host a virtual Nuclear Deterrence Series event featuring Scowcroft Group Principal Frank Miller. At a time when nuclear modernization programs are accelerating around the world, proposals to recapitalize the U.S. nuclear arsenal are at the forefront of debates over defense spending. Miller will share his insights into the prospects for U.S. nuclear modernization programs and the value of nuclear deterrence in today's competitive security environment. The think tank will post event video on its website and YouTube page after the live event.

Radar Sweep

Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19

Air Force Magazine

Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Republican Group Opposes Austin Waiver

Inside Defense

The Republican Study Committee, a House group that advocates conservative policies, opposes granting a congressional waiver to retired Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III to serve as Defense Secretary.

Air Force Participates in B-21 Beddown Construction Industry Day

USAF release

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Energy John W. Henderson, provided keynote remarks at a virtual B-21 Industry Day on Jan. 11. The virtual event, hosted by the Rapid City Military Advisory Coalition, was held to increase industry awareness about potential construction opportunities that will support the beddown of the newest Air Force stealth bomber.

Journey to JADC2

Air Force Magazine

Joint all-domain command and control is driving change throughout the Air and Space Forces. Check out our latest on the quest for greater interconnectedness across the battlefield.

OPINION: JADC2 May Be Built to Fight the Wrong War

Breaking Defense

“To compete with China, DOD needs to focus on spoiling Chinese military and paramilitary success at lower levels on the escalation ladder,” write Bryan Clark and Dan Patt, both of the Hudson Institute. “This is more closely aligned with maneuver warfare concepts like DARPA’s Mosaic Warfare.”

Mitchell Institute Nuclear Deterrence Forum featuring Navy Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe

AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on YouTube

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Program, is a key leader in the management of the seaborne leg of the U.S. triad. Leveraging his extensive experience, Wolfe shares his insights into the modernization of the Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Weapons Systems, U.S.-U.K. nuclear deterrence cooperation, and the U.S. Navy-Army joint hypersonic missile development program, among other topics.

Former Air Force Chief Joins One of the World's Largest Equity Firms


The former top leader of the U.S. Air Force has joined one of the world's largest private equity and investment firms, The Blackstone Group, Military.com has learned. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, who retired in August, was named a senior adviser to the New York-based management firm, where he will consult on a wide range of industries, he said in an interview.

One More Thing

Bidding Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager a Final Farewell

The Media Center on YouTube

A memorial service for famed test pilot and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager will be livestreamed on Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m EST. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to provide opening remarks, and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin will be the senior USAF official in attendance.