The Air Force plan to transfer current housing at Minot AFB, N.D., to a private contractor does not sit well with Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), reports the Minot Daily News. Housing privatization is a DOD-wide initiative intended to let the services replace old housing with new at a faster pace than could be done under traditional military construction. Essential private contractors build new housing and then lease it to military members. Dorgan and fellow North Dakota lawmakers don’t believe the initiative should apply to bases in their state because much of the housing is relatively new. Dorgan told the newspaper, “It makes no sense at all.” As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dorgan is trying to cut the purse strings that would enable privatization of housing at Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Base, which both fall under a plan that would turn the housing over to a private contractor in 2010.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…