Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

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The Navy's unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s move toward developing a carried-based unmanned combat aircraft might eventually afford the service the ability to strike targets at long-range, but there are ethical and legal questions that linger should the Pentagon develop a fully autonomous system. Read More

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

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A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

The U.S. Air Force recently grounded 82 two-seat Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcons due to canopy sill longeron cracks that have developed between the front and rear pilot seats, according to a Tuesday statement released by the service. Read More

U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

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F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. airstrikes have helped paved the way for Iraqi Kurdish forces to retake a critical dam in Northern Iraq according to the Pentagon. Over the past three days, U.S. forces have conducted 35 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists around the Mosul Dam complex. Read More

Chinese and Russian Radars On Track To See Through U.S. Stealth

Chinese and Russian Radars On Track To See Through U.S. Stealth

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An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in 2013. A former senior Navy official told USNI News its stealth protection could be pierced by new Chinese and Russian radars. US Navy Photo

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in 2013. A former senior Navy official told USNI News its stealth protection could be pierced by new Chinese and Russian radars. US Navy Photo

A growing trend in Russian and Chinese radar could make U.S. stealth fighters easier to see and — more importantly — easier to target for potential adversaries, a former senior U.S. Navy official told USNI News. Read More

Congress, Pentagon and Innovation

Congress, Pentagon and Innovation

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“Do you need those cruisers or don’t you? Do you need that carrier or don’t you?” was one way the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee described Congress’ role in fostering innovation in the armed forces. Read More

Latest UCLASS Concept Emphasizes Maritime Roles

Latest UCLASS Concept Emphasizes Maritime Roles

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An artist's concept of General Atomic's Sea Avenger UCLASS bid taken from a display monitor. US Naval Institute Photo

An artist’s concept of General Atomic’s Sea Avenger UCLASS bid taken from a display monitor. US Naval Institute Photo

The Navy seems to have shifted its concept for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) for a third time in as many years part of the most confusing and misunderstood aviation acquisition programs in the last decade. Read More

Defense Officials Endure Tough House Panel On Counterterrorism Funding

Defense Officials Endure Tough House Panel On Counterterrorism Funding

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work testifies before the House Armed Services Committee concerning Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas Contingencies Operations on July 16, 2014. DoD Photo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work testifies before the House Armed Services Committee concerning Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas Contingencies Operations on July 16, 2014. DoD Photo

Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee fired bipartisan shots at the administration’s request for $58.6 billion in emergency spending, targeting two new categories of spending for counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East and reassuring European allies. Read More

Update: F-35 Cleared to Fly With Restrictions, U.K. Air Show Appearance Cancelled

Update: F-35 Cleared to Fly With Restrictions, U.K. Air Show Appearance Cancelled

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F-35A Lightning IIs from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., perform an aerial refueling mission May 14, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. US Air Force Photo

F-35A Lightning IIs from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., perform an aerial refueling mission May 14, 2013, off the coast of northwest Florida. US Air Force Photo

This post was updated to include additional Tuesday afternoon comments from Rear Adm. John Kirby.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has been cleared to fly within a restricted flight envelope after the jets were grounded following a June 23 fire that severely damaged an aircraft on take-off. Read More