The House Appropriations Committee this week released the subcommittee draft of the 2017 defense appropriations bill, which includes $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations funding. That money is intended to fund Operation Inherent Resolve and the war in Afghanistan through April 2017—including sustaining the current troop levels in Afghanistan, instead of a drawdown—but also includes $15.7 billion for “unmet needs within the base Pentagon budget,” according to a HAC press release. Those needs include readiness, infrastructure, modernization, additional flying time, and aircraft repairs. The draft bill also funds a 2.1 percent pay raise for troops. “This bill provides the resources needed to keep our military trained and well equipped, to ensure success in our missions now and in the future, and to care for those who put their lives on the line for us every day,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said. However, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said that “intentionally stunting” OCO funding “is a very risky proposition.” Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticized the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the defense authorization bill for using $18 billion of OCO funding for base budget expenses. The full committee is scheduled to mark up the bill May 17. (Read the full text of the legislation.)
The Senate confirmed over 400 senior military promotions Dec. 5, after Sen. Tommy Tuberville mostly lifted his monthslong hold on military nominations. Specifically, Tuberville lifted his hold on all nominations below four-star generals and admirals. Out of 455 pending general and flag officer nominations, affecting 451 people, the Senate confirmed…
Three types of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft participated in air-to-air refueling with a commercial tanker for the first time last month, coinciding with a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore that concluded Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 2023
The eight Airmen aboard the CV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan were declared dead as the operation transitioned to search and recovery Dec. 5.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.
The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Air Refueling Group recently put together what may be a first of its kind in the Air Force: a training program that teaches KC-135 tanker crews how to perform specialized fueling operations (SFO): ground-based procedures that could help gas up military aircraft in a…
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.
Dec. 4, 2023
After a nearly weeklong search, U.S. and Japanese search teams located most of the wreckage of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and the remains of most of its crew members.
The U.S. conducted a drone strike in Iraq on Dec. 3, as the American troops there continue to be targeted by Iranian-backed militants. The strike took place near Kirkuk as the militants were preparing to attack U.S. troops in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine.…