Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is the Pentagon Editor at Air & Space Forces Magazine. He has broad journalism and communications experience, and developed a keen interest in defense policy and aerospace during a year on Capitol Hill where he worked with the Senate Armed Services Committee. As a reporter, he has covered everything from national security to hockey for a variety of publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Chris can be contacted at

Recent stories by Chris Gordon

Saltzman: New Space Force Readiness Model Will Be ‘Drastic Change’

Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman said reforms underway to the Space Force’s deployment and training model are the “most drastic change accompanying the establishment of the Space Force” in a note distributed to Guardians on April 19. “It fundamentally alters how we ...

ICBM Cancer Study Finds No High Levels of Hazardous Chemicals at Vandenberg

The Air Force found no significant evidence of harmful chemicals at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., as part of its ongoing Missile Community Cancer Study, the service said on April 22. Samples collected in February found “no instances of contamination above regulatory action level.” The sampling ...

Q&A: Outgoing AFCENT Boss Grynkewich on the Future of the Middle East

As commander of Air Forces Central, Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich has been at the heart of almost all U.S. military action in the Middle East, from overseeing airstrikes against Iranian proxy groups to protecting troops as America’s air defense commander for the region. Just before ...

Air Force Unveils First Picks For New ‘Quick Start’ Funding Stream

Resilient position, navigation, and timing capability and command, control and communications (C3) battle management for moving target indication will be funded with new authority circumventing the traditional lengthy budget process, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall told Congress April 16.

USAF Fighters Shoot Down Iranian Drones in Defense of Israel

.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons shot down dozens of Iranian drones as they were heading toward targets in Israel on April 13, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine. On April 14, U.S. officials singled out the role ...

Allvin, Kendall Tour Pacific Islands to See Progress on ACE

Top Air Force officials including Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin are on a weeklong tour of the Pacific, including visits to key bases the U.S. hopes to expand to be better ...

Congress to USAF: Not So Fast on Your Reorg Plans

The Department of the Air Force’s plans to “reoptimize for great power competition” have gotten a skeptical reception in Congress, as lawmakers are asking for more information before any changes go into effect and asking for an audit of the decision-making process. 


The CAOC is the Air Force nerve center in the Middle East, responsible for planning and executing air operations across the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations.

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