The Senate has approved the nomination of Gen. Robert Kehler for his new assignment as commander of US Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Neb. Kehler has led Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo., since October 2007. He was STRATCOM’s deputy commander from May 2005 to October 2007. President Obama nominated Kehler to lead STRATCOM in September. Kehler went before the Senate Armed Services Committee last month for his nomination hearing. He will replace Gen. Kevin Chilton, who has commanded STRATCOM for more than three years. Chilton is retiring, effective Feb. 1, 2011.
The Air Force has picked Northrop Grumman over L3Harris and Lockheed Martin to develop and build the Stand-in Attack Weapon, meant to swiftly destroy enemy air defense sites and other high-value targets.