African Air Chiefs Symposium

Shared Strategic Airlift Is Focus of Africa Air Chiefs Meeting

Challenged by inadequate infrastructure and vast distances, the U.S. Air Force has for decades provided airlift to France and African nations to help fight terrorism, support peacekeeping, and respond to disasters on the continent. But Air Forces Africa is calling for a better way—sharing strategic airlift. AFAFRICA helped bridge gaps of trust and capabilities between widely divergent nations in a four-day symposium of African air chiefs that concluded Jan. 28 in Kigali, leveraging the American power to bring neighboring nations together to discuss sharing air platforms such as the many C-130s the U.S. has provided to partner African nations.
pentagon budgeting

Lord, Former Air Force Leaders Named to New Panel to Reform Pentagon Budgeting Process

A new commission aimed at reforming the Defense Department’s budgeting process will include former Pentagon acquisition and sustainment chief Ellen M. Lord as well as several former high-ranking Air Force leaders. The commission will be tasked with looking at ways to shake up the Pentagon’s planning, programming, budgeting, and execution process. Officials in Congress and observers have frequently bemoaned the budgeting process as slow, inflexible, and unresponsive.

Radar Sweep

Military Pilots’ DNA May Hold Key to What’s Causing Their Prostate Cancers

Defense One

While military pilots are getting the first acknowledgment that they are at higher risk of certain types of cancers, they still don’t know why, whether it’s something in the cockpits or on the flight decks—or something completely unrelated—that they were exposed to during their flying careers. But one study is betting the answer may be found in their cells and DNA.

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To Dodge China's Missiles, the US Air Force is Spreading Out to More Bases. Now it's Looking for Ways to Defend Them.

Business Insider

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said China has noticed that the U.S. has been dependent on "a small number of assets, including forward air bases, to conduct operations," and, "Because they're fixed, they're easily targetable." Speaking during a Center for New American Security event, Kendall said China has "built the assets to come after them."

The Latest on Missile Warning & Defense

Air Force Magazine

Recent Russian and Chinese missile launches raised the stakes in space. Find out the latest news on sensing, tracking, and defending against enemy missile strikes.

Space Weather Sensor Passes Final Design Review

The Space Force has signed off on the final design for a new imaging sensor that could improve the service’s weather forecasting capabilities. The electro-optical infrared sensor, developed by EO Vista, is part of General Atomics’ offering for the service’s EO/IR Weather System program, which will provide military users with crucial weather imagery and cloud characterization data.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT: King Aerospace Appeals to Military Prime Contractors

Air Force Magazine

King Aerospace has gained extensive hands-on experience supporting government-operated, special-mission aircraft, primarily military derivatives of Boeing, DeHavilland, and Beech King Air aircraft. “Whether the aircraft is flying a top-level government official or conducting information-gathering flights over a demilitarized zone on the other side of the world, our support does not waver,” says Jarid King, president of King Aerospace. “Our no-excuses approach ensures each mission receives the attention it deserves, which means it gets our complete attention.”

US, Russia Spar Over Ukraine at Confrontational UN Meeting

Defense One

Russia issued a scathing public rebuke of America on Jan. 31, saying the United States is “whipping up tensions” based on “unfounded accusations” that Moscow is preparing to launch a military strike on Ukraine. The meeting at the United Nations Security Council did nothing to turn down the temperature as the threat of conflict looms in Eastern Europe, and it underscored the chasm between the American and Russian perspectives.

New Burn Pit Bill Promises Immediate Help for Vets, But Some Call ‘BS’

Air Force Times

Promising “swift action” to help suffering veterans, leaders of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unveiled new legislation Feb. 1 that would extend health care coverage for separating troops for at least 10 years and mandate more screening of veterans for toxic exposure injuries. However, the proposal was met by derision from some advocates, who called it less comprehensive than proposed House legislation and not ambitious enough considering the years of effort put into helping victims of military burn pits overseas.

One More Thing

The Army Used an Airman and Her Working Dog in a Recruiting Poster

Task & Purpose

A recent Army recruiting poster appeared to show an image that should intrigue anyone interested in enlisting. An excited, alert, military working dog, tongue lolling out of its mouth, perched atop its smiling handler. Beneath it, a caption reading, “choose a job you enjoy.” There was just one catch. That dog? Not in the Army. A closer look at the dog’s handler revealed Air Force insignia.