Kadena Receives More F-15Es as Eagles Set to Leave By September

The Air Force’s overhaul of Kadena Air Base, Japan, took yet another step with the arrival of more F-15E Strike Eagles to replace the aging F-15C/Ds at the base. According to a service spokesperson, the Air Force plans to send all F-15Cs at Kadena back to the U.S. by September, replaced by rotational forces of newer aircraft as part of plans first announced in October 2022.
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New PACAF Commander Tapped, Among Several Key Air Force Moves

The Air Force is poised to get a new commander in the Indo-Pacific, as the Pentagon announced April 24 that President Joe Biden has nominated Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider to lead Pacific Air Forces. Schneider currently serves as director of staff at Headquarters Air Force. If confirmed by the Senate, he’ll succeed Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach as the head of PACAF—a crucial transition as the Air Force shifts more and more focus and resources to the region to combat the “pacing threat” of China. 
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So Long, myPers: Airmen and Guardians Have Until April 30 to Retrieve Records

The Air Force is shutting down the personnel services website myPers as part of an ongoing effort to modernize the branch’s digital human resources platforms. The website will no longer be accessible to Airmen and Guardians starting April 30, and the old features used in myPers are being migrated to the websites my Force Support Squadron (myFSS) and MyVector.

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Powerful Air Force Gunships Double Up in the Philippines During Balikatan Exercise

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The U.S. Air Force hasn’t had this much gunship firepower in the Philippines since the Vietnam War, according to special operations airmen participating in this month’s Balikatan drills. A pair of AC-130J Ghostrider gunships—heavily armed versions of the C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter—landed recently at Cubi Point, a former U.S. naval air station in Subic Bay, on the Philippines’ main island of Luzon.

Biden Taps Army Vice Chief to Be Service’s Top Officer

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President Joe Biden has nominated the U.S. Army’s vice chief of staff to be the service’s next chief, according to the congressional register. Gen. Randy George, if confirmed by the Senate, would succeed Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville, who will retire this summer.

Australia’s Defence Strategic Review Rejects B-21 Raider

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Australia’s latest Defence Strategic Review has rejected the acquisition of the B-21 Raider after a detailed discussion with the U.S. In an announcement April 24, Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles presented a strategic review that emphasizes the need for a significant shift towards long-range deterrence. The proposed approach involves the use of missiles, submarines, and cyber tools to keep potential adversaries at a safe distance.

Report: Space Force Could Benefit from Commercial Data to Monitor Satellites and Debris


U.S. military space watchers and space traffic managers face a daunting workload due to increasing congestion and threats in orbit. The Space Force is investing in new sensors and technologies to better characterize objects in orbit, but is not taking full advantage of commercially available data and services, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office.

PODCAST: Fighters on the Brink: ANG Flightline Perspective

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In Episode 125 of the Aerospace Advantage, Doug Birkey discusses a looming capacity cliff with Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard; Brig. Gen. Tim Donnellan, commander of the Idaho Air National Guard; along with retired Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula and Heather Penney of the Mitchell Institute.

Global Defense Spending Reaches ‘Record High’ of $2.2 Trillion: SIPRI

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Global military spending rose by 3.7 percent last year, amounting to a “record high” of $2.24 trillion, according to a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released April 24. Regionally, Europe saw the largest spike in spending at 13 percent, attributed to the war in Ukraine and longer-standing anxiety about Russian aggression.

As Military Maintenance Projects Languish, Funds Often Go Unused

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If the Defense Department could better manage its finances, it could put unused dollars into tackling the maintenance backlog at military facilities, according to an official with the Government Accountability Office. “GAO has found that each year DOD doesn’t obligate—and eventually returns to the U.S. Treasury—billions of dollars in operation and maintenance funding, the same type of funding that can be used to fund facility sustainment,” said Elizabeth A. Field, director of defense capabilities and management for GAO.

US Took Its ‘Eyes off the Ball,’ Space Force Intel Chief Says as Service Adds New Squadrons


The Air Force took its “eyes off the ball” gathering intelligence about other governments’ space activities, the colonel charged with overseeing that mission told a conference last week, so the Space Force is adding five new intelligence squadrons. “Those of us who've been in the military for a little while, over the last 20 years or so, we've been very focused on counterterrorism and the old GWOT”—Global War on Terror —“battle, and we’ve really kind of taken our eyes off the ball in space,” Col. Brett Swigert, commander of the Space Force's Space Delta 7, said.

Zero Trust Is the Pentagon’s New Cyber Buzzword. It Might Not Have Stopped the Discord Leaks.

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The stunning leak of hundreds of classified national security documents onto the internet has thrust the Defense Department’s handling of state secrets into the spotlight. Perhaps ironically, the incident comes as the DoD is actively pursuing a new security standard known as “zero trust,” which continuously authenticates a user’s access to an organization’s network.

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Air Force Reserve Takes 75th Anniversary Celebration to Talladega

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Engines roared and the crowd cheered as more than 170,000 spectators helped celebrate 75 years of airpower and horsepower at NASCAR’s superspeedway at Talladega, Ala., on April 23. “This is a special day not only for the 70,000-plus Citizen Airmen of the Air Force Reserve, but also for NASCAR, as we’re both celebrating our 75th anniversary this year,” said Lt. Gen. John Healy, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command. “The men and women of NASCAR have a great deal in common with the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. They both celebrate dedication and they’re both looking for perseverance and most importantly, patriotism.”