The recommendations from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s November 2014 DOD-wide nuclear enterprise review have served as a change agent across the Air Force and Navy, said Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, director of strategic deterrence programs on the Air Staff. Of the three reports generated from the review (the internal look, the external review, and US Strategic Command’s review), USAF is now tracking some 175 total recommendations, of which about 130 are USAF-related, said Harencak during an AFA-sponsored, Air Force breakfast event in Arlington, Va. Many of these recommendations were already being implemented under the ongoing force improvement program, but the Air Force is “committed to getting all of them.” Some are simple, such as ordering specific tools or increasing funding for specific line items, he said. However, others are more complicated than just checking off a list, such as the push to rework how USAF sustains its Minuteman III fleet, and treat it more like the service does its aircraft programs. Some problems are traced back to USAF efforts to try and “normalize” deterrence operations in the 1990s. “Good people had to make tough decisions,” he said, but some changes were “probably a mistake.” Nuclear deterrence operations are not normal, he added, and “they must be treated differently.”
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.…