‘I Went from Being his Sister-in-law to His Victim.’ Accuser Speaks at ex-AFRL Commander’s Sentencing Hearing
The first instance of an Air Force general officer being convicted in a court-martial moved to its sentencing phase today, with the sister-in-law of Air Force Maj. Gen. William Cooley telling the court how the two-star general’s misconduct upended her life. Cooley’s sister-in-law said she allowed the two-star general into her New Mexico home, a home that had been full of love and friendship, she said in a hearing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
From detection of GPS interference over Ukraine to satellite images showing a 40-mile-long Russian military convoy headed into the country, commercial space capabilities are providing real-time insight into Russian military activities and providing support to Ukrainian forces, humanitarian organizations, and journalists covering the invasion. They’re also providing a present-day case study for ongoing policy discussions about how much of this intelligence should be shared in open-source environments and how the U.S. should respond if commercial assets are targeted by an adversary.
More than one-quarter of recent jets are arriving behind schedule, but ahead of planned components that will require costly retrofits, the watchdog says.
"I'm convinced we're going to be able to do some great things," Craig Martel told Breaking Defense in an exclusive interview. "But they're going to be hard things. It's going to be a challenge."
When it comes to recruiting, Staff Sgt. Kyle Solberg is on the job. "I love telling them about my experience, a little bit about my Air Force story," Solberg said. But the pandemic has a tight grip on recruiting numbers. "Our pool of qualified applicants over the past few years has dropped about 500,000 people," Solberg said.
Veterans Affairs officials this week will add nine respiratory cancers to the list of illnesses presumed caused by burn pit exposure, easing the path veterans suffering from those conditions have to take to get disability benefits. The move follows promises by administration officials last fall to speed up care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pit smoke in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations over the last 32 years.
The mystery aircraft was developed by California-based Aevex Aerospace, a company that was founded in 2017 and employs 500 people with offices in California, North Carolina and Virginia. The Phoenix Ghost “is a different type of aircraft, it’s a one-way aircraft that is effective against medium armored ground targets,” said retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and member of the Aevex board.
When coastal U.S. military bases are regularly plagued with flooding, extreme storm surges, and lack of clean drinking water in roughly a few decades, humans may still be arguing over whether climate change is real. But that debate doesn’t really matter to the Pentagon: Considering that more than 1,700 of these bases worldwide are at risk from rising sea levels, what to do about it is far more important.
Retired Sgt. Victor W. Butler is believed to be the last surviving Tuskegee Airman in Rhode Island. Butler is turning 100 next month on May 21, and his wish is birthday cards.