Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 Is Now Just UPT After Being Fully Implemented

The Air Force has fully implemented its new syllabus for training pilots, Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), formerly known as "UPT 2.5," the head of the service’s flying training enterprise said recently. But more tweaks might be coming, Maj. Gen. Clark Quinn, the commander of the 19th Air Force, part of Air Education and Training Command, said in an Aug. 22 briefing with reporters.

Rising Global Temps Could Cut C-17 Payloads, New Study Warns

A new research paper predicts that warming air temperatures driven by climate change could reduce the amount of cargo a C-17 Globemaster III transport jet can carry by 8.5 percent across much of the world by 2039, and by as much as 29 percent year-round by 2099 in the worst-case scenario. 

Outstanding Airmen of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Sedrick Evans 

The Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2023 will be formally recognized at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference from Sept. 11-13 in National Harbor, Md. Air & Space Forces Magazine is highlighting one each weekday from now until the conference begins. Today, we honor Senior Master Sgt. Sedrick Evans, the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Enlisted International Affairs Manager at Headquarters PACAF, A5/8 Directorate of Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements.

Radar Sweep

Air Force Enlisted Promotion Tests to Go Paperless in January 2024

Air Force Times

The Air Force plans to roll out online promotion testing for mid-level enlisted airmen starting in January 2024, the Air Force’s personnel chief said Sept. 8. The long-awaited change is a leap into the digital age for Weighted Airman Promotion System, or WAPS, exams, which judge whether staff sergeants and technical sergeants are ready to advance to the next rank.

China’s Military Seeks to Exploit US Troops, Veterans, General Warns

The Washington Post

China’s military is conducting a sophisticated exploitation campaign designed to “fill gaps” in its capabilities by targeting current and former U.S. service members and harvesting specialized knowledge they’ve gained, a top general warned in a message obtained by The Washington Post. The document was distributed to Air Force personnel on Sept. 8. It marks the Pentagon’s most direct attempt yet to call out and counter what U.S. officials characterized as an aggressive ploy by Beijing to leverage international firms that hire Americans to teach advanced military skills and tactics.

SPONSORED: Watch—Paul Ferraro on RTX’s New Approach with Raytheon


Paul Ferraro, President of Air Power at Raytheon, an RTX business, sat down with Air & Space Forces Magazine's Editor in Chief, Tobias Naegele, to discuss why RTX combined its Missiles & Defense Unit and its Intelligence & Space Unit into a single business entity called “Raytheon”—and what the new approach means for the forces.

Questions Loom As Air Force Robot-Wingman Effort Prepares to Take Flight

Defense One

Even as the Air Force edges toward a competition to build its long-contemplated robot wingmen, several fundamental questions linger about the autonomous aircraft that will fly into battle alongside manned fighter jets. The questions are less technological than philosophical, industry executives say. Just how will these “collaborative combat aircraft,” or CCAs, work with manned fighters? How much autonomy should they have? How will their AI be tested?

PODCAST: Regaining the Spectrum Warfare Advantage

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

In Episode 145 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, Doug Birkey chats with the commander of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing, Col. Joshua Koslov, to discuss the current state of this mission area, explain challenges and opportunities, define key concepts, and provide insights on future vectors. Spectrum warfare is a crucial element of overall warfighting effectiveness. It comes down to securing an information advantage, which facilitates more effective decision-making at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Spectrum warfare lies at the heart of concepts like JADC2 and ABMS—empowering data gathering, exchange, and collaboration between teams in the battlespace.

US Air Force Warns Budget Delays Could Jeopardize NGAS Tanker Fielding

Defense News

The U.S. Air Force’s plan to field a next-generation refueling tanker by the mid-2030s could be in jeopardy if the service has to operate under lengthy continuing resolutions, a top service official said Sept. 5. Andrew Hunter, the assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said in an interview with Defense News at the Pentagon that a lengthy continuing resolution in fiscal 2024, and possibly the following year, could hinder how quickly the service begins work on the next-generation aerial refueling system, or NGAS, program, thus leading to problems down the road.

ULA’s Atlas 5 Launches National Reconnaissance Office Mission


A National Reconnaissance Office mission flew to geostationary Earth orbit Sept. 10 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 8:47 a.m. Eastern from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch had been originally scheduled for August 29 but was delayed due to Hurricane Idalia. A second attempt on Sept. 9 was scrubbed due to a technical issue found during a pre-launch check. The NROL-107 mission, also known as SilentBarker, carried multiple sensor payloads for surveillance of objects in geostationary orbit.

One More Thing

Gamers Needed to Help Build Air Force Strategy

Air Force release

he Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is contracting with MITRE to test Airmen and Guardian decision making in a contested environment through video gaming. Registration opened Sept. 6 for military members to participate in eSports tournament GameX: Mission Generation Under Attack at locations in Sumter, S.C.; McLean, Va.; and San Antonio.