Air Force General’s Sister-in-Law Describes Alleged Sexual Assault in Day 2 of Court-Martial
Maj. Gen. Bill Cooley’s sister-in-law, who has accused the two-star general of sexually assaulting her in 2018, took the stand on the second day of his military trial. The plaintiff testified that the alleged incident at her home in Albuquerque, N.M., nearly four years ago was a frightening “out-of-body” experience that has fractured her personal life.
The National Guard’s Chief is Working on Health Insurance for Everyone
Asked how he would spend a hypothetical budget increase, Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson would put it toward funding health insurance for all National Guard members, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau said. It’s an issue in his force, he said, because about one in eight Guard members don’t have health insurance outside of their days on Active orders.
EXCLUSIVE: Boeing to Pay for Upgrades to KC-46 Tanker’s Panoramic System
The Air Force and Boeing have struck a deal on the design of the KC-46’s most notorious and troubled system, paving the way for new upgrades to the tanker’s panoramic camera system that will be made on Boeing’s dime. The Air Force and Boeing officially closed the preliminary design review for the Remote Vision System 2.0 after Boeing agreed to pay for improvements to the panoramic suite.
OPINION: Air Force’s Math on the F-15EX and F-35 Doesn’t Add Up
When the Air Force rolled out its fiscal 2023 budget request, a big dip in F-35 procurement raised eyebrows—and those eyebrows only went higher when it became clear money would be going to speed up the F-15EX buy instead. In this new analysis, JV Venable of the Heritage Foundation takes a deep dive into service funding books to figure out whether the math actually adds up.
COMMENTARY: I Came Out of Retirement to Help Ukraine Fight. The Key to Victory is in the Sky.
“For the past month, the entire world has been watching the Ukrainian sky. And for good reason: Since World War II, air superiority has been the deciding factor in international conflicts. Russian President Vladimir Putin is well aware that control of the sky is the key to victory in Ukraine. In the face of this all-out assault, the Ukrainian air force’s primary mission is to prevent Russia from gaining air superiority … The difficulty of this task cannot be exaggerated: Our enemy possesses vastly superior capabilities, both in the sheer number of aircraft and surface-to-air defense systems, and in the level of their technologies. Effective air defense requires a full arsenal of tools on the ground and in the sky, and Ukraine started the war with a tremendous disadvantage on both fronts,” writes Serhii Drozdov, veteran fighter pilot and former commander of the Ukrainian Air Force.
Space Force Budget Presents a Bridge Strategy for Missile Warning, Tracking Architecture
Space Force leaders say the missile warning and tracking architecture supported in the service’s fiscal 2023 budget request is a “bridging strategy”—a way to maintain existing programs in a critical mission area as new capabilities are developed.
Lockheed Martin Proposes Multilayer Space Network for Missile Defense
The Pentagon could get far more bang for its missile-defense buck if all the sensor satellites located in different orbits could talk to each other and share data via optical links, according to a proposal floated by Lockheed Martin to create a multi-orbit data transport network in space. Data collected from every orbit is needed to defend against advanced ballistic and hypersonic missiles, said Eric Brown, senior director of military space mission strategy at Lockheed Martin.
Natural Gas Well Explodes on Barksdale Air Force Base
According to the 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office, about 11:40 a.m. emergency officials responded to a gas well explosion on the East Reservation of Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Injuries had been reported, but no further information was provided.
One-on-One With the Air Force’s Cyber Chief
It would almost be easier to list the operations Timothy Haugh isn’t involved in. As the head of 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) the three-star lieutenant general oversees a number of missions that the service consolidated into a single information warfare entity in 2019. Before he assumed command, Haugh served in senior positions at U.S. Cyber Command—including director of intelligence and chief of the National Cyber Mission Force—that left him well versed in multiple facets of the digital domain.
Air Force Files Metaverse Trademark for ‘Spaceverse’
The Air Force is setting a course for the metaverse, starting with filing a trademark application for the Spaceverse. This “secure digital metaverse” will someday include a virtual reality space for training and other activities by the Air Force, according to the trademark submission.