People looking to hop on an Air Mobility Command flight to the United States must first comply with new coronavirus testing requirements. The rules affect U.S. troops, their families, and other affiliated employees who are traveling to the U.S. for business or pleasure. Changes kicked in earlier this month in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
“How exactly the U.S. military might defend Taiwan is still largely conjecture, but public discussions foreshadow a high-tech concept of warfare dominated by the Navy and Air Force, possibly with help from the Marine Corps. But is there a place for the Army too? Should there be? If so, what? These are uncomfortable questions because there is a good chance that the role U.S. decision-makers will ask the Army to play in this conflict is not what has been presented so far: lobbing missiles or ‘advising’ Taiwanese military units. Instead, troops may find themselves either defending the island from a Chinese invasion or even helping retake Taiwan after China (due to proximity and first-mover advantages) wins the initial high-tech struggle. Both of these roles are massive shifts for an insurgency-honed force, as well as expensive, bloody, and politically fraught—not to mention that they would represent a significant escalation in a crisis between two nuclear-armed states,” writes Jacquelyn Schneider, a Hoover fellow at Stanford University and an affiliate at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
The commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., announced Monday he has removed Chief Master Sgt. Justin Deisch from his position as the wing's command chief for "behavior that demonstrated a lack of respect, judgement and professionalism expected of a senior non-commissioned officer." Base commander Col. Joseph Sheffield said, “Inappropriate conduct undermines standards of good order and discipline. Based on the results of a thorough investigation, Chief Deisch’s removal was necessary to uphold these high standards.”
The engines that power the Air Force are the best in the world. But as technology continues to evolve, new improvements promise greater power, range, and other capabilities. Read the latest on advances in aircraft engines and propulsion technology.
A recent test saw a real pilot with a virtual F-22 as a wingman going up against a virtual Chinese J-20. "It's crazy," the company's chief executive says.
“It’s been 40 years since we’ve had the 55/P, so there’s been a lot of room for improvement,” said Maj. Justin “Hasard” Lee in a video about the Next Generation Fixed Wing Helmet on his YouTube channel earlier this month.
The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, the U.S. Air Force secretary said Tuesday, as Beijing and Washington build and test more and more of the high-speed next-generation arms. "There is an arms race, not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality," Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during an interview in his Pentagon offices. "It's an arms race that has been going on for quite some time. The Chinese have been at it very aggressively."
The Air Force is seeking proposals for the first on-ramp of a multiyear engineering and analytics support contract managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. EWAAC is a potential $46 billion contract that covers digital and model-based systems engineering, agile processes, open-systems architecture, and weapons and enterprise analytics in support of Eglin and its mission partners.
The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee have sent letters to Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo urging them to step up efforts to address the threat from space debris. Russia’s recent anti-satellite test created more than 1,500 new pieces of trackable debris, underscoring the need to find ways to maintain the long-term sustainability of the space environment, they said.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is celebrating the success of its counter-drone weapon, the Tactical High-power Operational Responder (THOR), after being named Popular Science's “Best of What’s New” in the security category. Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations to choose the top 100 winners across 10 categories. To win, the technology must represent a significant advancement in its category.