A House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee hearing July 23 heard sharply varying views on the status and need for the nation’s ballistic missile defense program, with the witnesses and the panel members tilted to the pro-defense side. Subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) repeatedly stated the need for a more robust missile defense against the emerging threats from North Korean and Iran and the renewed tensions with Russia. He was supported by Robert Joseph, an undersecretary of defense for arms control for President George W. Bush, who criticized President Barack Obama’s funding cuts for missile defense program, noted Russia’s increased spending on ballistic missiles, and urged research into directed energy and space-based defenses. Former CIA director and arms control negotiator James Woolsey agreed, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin “a thug” and warning about the danger to the electrical grid from a low-order nuclear explosion. Phillip Coyle, a former Pentagon weapons test director now with an arms control organization, supported a missile defense system against limited attack, but said the nation could not build a defense against a full Russian missile assault. Ranking member Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), called for “a more balanced witness panel.”
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.…