Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

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

Opinion: The Legacy of Adm. William McRaven

Opinion: The Legacy of Adm. William McRaven

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Adm. William H. McRaven, the outgoing U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the audience during the USSOCOM change of commander ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 2011. DoD Photo

Adm. William McRaven, the outgoing U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the audience during the USSOCOM change of commander ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. in 2011. DoD Photo

Now that Adm. William McRaven has announced his retirement, it is worth looking back at the contributions of perhaps the most influential Navy flag officer since Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz. Read More

Air Force Grounds All F-35As Following Fire

Air Force Grounds All F-35As Following Fire

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Lockheed Martin test pilot, flies AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11, 2014, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. US Air Force Photo

Lockheed Martin test pilot, flies AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11, 2014, over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. US Air Force Photo

The U.S. Air Force has extended the grounding of its Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter to include its entire fleet after a fire on Monday severely damaged one aircraft on take-off. The pilot was not injured. Read More

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

Opinion: The Wrong Debate on Coping with ISIS

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ISIS fighters in June.

ISIS fighters in June.

Since the dawn of military aviation, proponents and skeptics of air power have vigorously debated its efficacy, often focusing on whether air power is capable of winning wars by itself. Not surprisingly, this debate is surfacing again as we consider whether and how the United States should be involved in the current crisis in Iraq. Read More