RAND Project Air Force issued a report in May outlining strategies for improving the manner in which USAF analyzes the costs and benefits of its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection strategies so that its ISR assets—which are always in high demand—may be best allocated. First, RAND recommends adoption of a framework for daily ISR planning and execution that links the top-level commander’s guidance, operational objectives, and tasks to specific collections. Doing this will enable intelligence officers to deal with time-sensitive, emerging targets by rapidly comparing the value of an ad hoc collection with the value of the collection opportunities already planned. It will also tie ISR tasks at the tactical level more closely to campaign objectives, RAND states. Second, RAND suggests a suite of analysis models that allows ISR planners to evaluate planned collections in a simulated, dynamic combat environment with time-sensitive targets. Third, RAND calls for an end-to-end assessment process to monitor and evaluate daily operations that is not limited to the tactical level but rather gauges how well the ISR systems satisfied the commander’s objectives. Together, these three methodologies “should help the Air Force ensure the best use of limited intelligence assets,” RAND writes.
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.…