Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, head of the Central Intelligence Agency since May 2006, has decided to retire from the Air Force but wants to remain as head of CIA. When Hayden, a long-time intelligence official, received the nomination to lead CIA, some were concerned about placing an active military officer at the helm. The Senate had no such reservations, however. In an April 23 statement, Hayden writes, “My personal decision to conclude an immensely rewarding Air Force career is a product of practical considerations related to military retirement.” He has served in the Air Force for nearly 39 years.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.