Air Force: C-17 Crew Not at Fault in Deaths of Afghan Civilians Clinging to Aircraft  

The crew of a C-17 did nothing to cause the deaths of Afghan civilians who tried to cling to the jet when it took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in August 2021, the Air Force said June 13. The C-17 had just landed, and had not yet offloaded its cargo of support equipment for the evacuation effort, when it was swarmed by civilians who had breached the airport’s perimeter, desperate to leave the country. Unprepared for this surge of people and unsure of hostile intentions, the C-17 crew opted to continue taxiing and take off.
Bomber Task Force

Latest B-1 Bomber Task Force Deployed to Guam Hones Coordination With Allies

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam—U.S. and Japanese pilots exchanged silent high fives from their respective cockpits during the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron's bomber task force mission to Guam. “When we're talking to any ally or partner out there, the procedures are standard—everything's the same,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Carter, a B-1 pilot deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, from the 34th EBS at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. “It doesn't feel like I'm working with one person or one country versus another. It's just, we're all up there.”

Brown Visits Counterparts in Canada to Talk Arctic, NORAD Modernization, F-35

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. made a trip across the northern border, meeting Royal Canadian Air Force officials in Ottawa to discuss some of the key issues between the two services. Brown met with his RCAF counterpart, Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, and RCAF Chief of Fighter Capability Maj. Gen. Sylvain Ménard. The leaders discussed steps to modernize and increase coordination across NORAD “to provide continuous monitoring and surveillance capability,” USAF said in a statement.
space acquisition

SDA’s 10-Satellite Testbed to Host Experiments in Low Earth Orbit

The Space Development Agency is looking to buy 10 satellites capable of carrying experimental payloads to integrate into its National Defense Space Architecture. The planned new satellites are being referred to as the National Defense Space Architecture Experimental Testbed, or NExT, and will “demonstrate warfighter utility of emerging mission partner payloads prior to potential incorporation in future tranches,” according to an industry solicitation document.

Richardson Succeeds Bunch at AFMC, Promises Speed With Discipline

Pledging to pursue “speed without sacrificing discipline” in the acquisition process, Gen. Duke Z. Richardson took command of Air Force Materiel Command on June 13, relieving Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., who has run the service’s acquisition, research, development, logistics, and test organization since 2019. The change of command, which took place at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force at AFMC’s home of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, marked the third time Richardson, previously the top uniformed acquisition official on the Air Staff, has succeeded Bunch in a senior position.

Radar Sweep

Talents and Passion: How Eight Amazing Military Teens Helped Better the Lives of Those Around Them in a Pandemic

Military Times

Eight inspiring teenagers—representing each branch of the armed forces—looked beyond their own difficulties during the pandemic and found ways to offer their unique skills, talents, and passion to help others get through hard times. Whether it was sending boxes of gifts to critically ill children who couldn’t travel to fulfill their Make-A-Wish dreams; flying on volunteer missions to deliver medical supplies to rural areas; bringing healing music to those in need; or helping out home-bound neighborhood parents with child care, they have made a difference.

Troops to Get More Cash Back for Gas During PCS Moves Due to Surging Pump Prices


Troops are set to get more money reimbursed for out-of-pocket gasoline costs when they move or transfer to a new duty station beginning in July. The change will mean the mileage rate for permanent change of station, or PCS, travel during the busiest summer months will increase from 18 cents to 22 cents per mile, and the rate for temporary duty, or TDY, travel will jump from about 59 cents to 63 cents for the second half of this year, according to the new rates first announced by the Coast Guard.

‘No Way to Say’ When Turkey Will Release Hold on Sweden, Finland, Says NATO’s Stoltenberg

Defense One

NATO leader Jens Stoltenberg said there is no way to predict when Finland and Sweden will be able to join the alliance, despite initial expectations that the two Nordic nations would be swiftly accepted. “We are working to find a solution as soon as possible, but when … several countries are involved, there’s no way to say exactly when these countries are going to be able to agree,” Stoltenberg said.

DOD Info, AI Chiefs See Potential ‘Diversity Pipeline for Silicon Valley’

Breaking Defense

The Pentagon’s information and artificial intelligence chiefs are crafting a new digital workforce strategy that would recruit from a more diverse pool of candidates and lure them to government work in part by offering training and experience that would be valuable after their government service is up.

OPINION: The War in Ukraine Should Serve to Bolster Europe’s Airpower Ambitions

Defense News

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a stark reminder that Europe’s NATO members need to spend more wisely—and not simply spend more—in bolstering their collective defense against unwarranted aggression. Kyiv’s success so far in blunting Moscow’s armed forces provides a pointer as to where at least some of the additional investment and focus should go, not least of all in air and counter-air systems as well as what are sometimes termed combat enablers,” writes Douglas Barrie, a senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Macron Seeks Bigger Military Budget in ‘War Economy’

The Defense Post

French President Emmanuel Macron called for a boost to defense budgets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying France was now on a “war economy” footing. Speaking at Eurosatory, a weapons industry fair, Macron said Europe needed “a much larger defense industry” to avoid relying on suppliers elsewhere for its equipment needs. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, France “has entered into a war economy in which I believe we will find ourselves for a long time.”

This A-10C Warthog Unit Wants to Bring More ‘Brrrrrt’ to Europe

Air Force Times

A Maryland Air National Guard unit recently sent a fleet of 10 A-10C Thunderbolt II attack planes to participate in multinational combat exercises in Eastern Europe, one of its largest training delegations there in the past decade. It’s the A-10 enterprise’s latest step toward a greater presence in Europe as it pivots away from decades of combat missions in U.S. Central Command.

Navy, Marine Aviation Take ‘Safety Pause’ After Recent Crashes

The Drive

In the wake of three recent crashes, two of them fatal, a “safety pause” for all non-deployed Navy and Marine aircraft went into effect June 13. “As a result of recent crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, Commander, Naval Air Forces has directed all non-deployed Navy aviation units to conduct a safety pause on June 13 in order to review risk-management practices and conduct training on threat and error-management processes,” the Navy said.

Indian Air Force Plans to Acquire 114 Multirole Fighter Aircraft

Air Force Technology

The Indian Air Force is reportedly planning to procure 114 multirole fighter aircraft, with 96 aircraft to be produced within the country. A report by Asian News International said the remaining 18 of 114 aircraft would be purchased from foreign manufacturers selected under the new project. The fighter jets are being acquired under the Government of India’s ‘Buy Global and Make in India’ initiative, which allows local companies to collaborate with international vendors.

One More Thing

Watch the ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Film Crew Get Buzzed by an F/A-18 During Filming

Task & Purpose

Your job might be cool, but is it getting-buzzed-on-the-set-of-Top-Gun-2 cool? Doubtful. Since last month’s debut of "Top Gun: Maverick," the long-awaited "Top Gun" sequel, cast and crew members alike have been taking viewers backstage with behind-the-scenes videos posted on TikTok. One video, in particular, shows the crew filming a Navy F/A-18 flying directly overhead.