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Pence Renews Administration Push for Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence continues the Trump administration's push for its proposed Space Force, disucssing it at a meeting of the National Space Council, as well as during an interview at a Washington Post event.

DoD’s Space Force Plan Diverges from USAF Vision

The Pentagon's plan to create an independent Space Force would create a lean new military service headed by a secretary and uniformed chief of staff and built from staff and commands now in the Air Force, Navy, and Army.

Tackling Battlefield Airmen Attrition Rates

USAF's Battlefield Airmen Training Group is using innovations to improve how it trains prospective Air Force special operators, AETC said Thursday, pointing to a reported 11 percent overall graduation rate jump since its activation in 2016.

US NATO Ambassador Warns Moscow on Missile Development

If Russia doesn't stop working on missiles in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States could move to “take out” the missiles, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US ambassador to NATO, told reporters in Brussels.

F-35 Crashes for the First Time, Pilot Ejects Safely

The Sept. 28 crash of a Marine-Corps-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter, like the one shown here, comes just one day after the Afghanistan airstrike that marked the first combat attack by one of the service's F-35Bs. Marine Corps...

Two Texas Squadrons Use Advanced Technology to Train Pilot Instructors

Two training squadrons at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, have begun an experimental program to use commercially available monitors and simulators which incorporate virtual reality and other advanced technology to train pilot instructors more economically and effectively than had been done in the...

The Air Force’s Plan for Space Force

The Air Force sets out a proposal for the establishment of a Space Force in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to the Defense Department, outlining a department with about 13,000 employees that would cost about $3.3 billion.

Russian Aircraft Intercepted West of Alaska, NORAD Says

Two F-22s assigned to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, intercepted two Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers accompanied by two Su-35 “Flanker” fighter jets west of mainland Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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