Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

Fire Breaks Out on F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Pilot Safe

Fire Breaks Out on F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base, Pilot Safe

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 F-35A Lightning II while another Air Force joint strike fighter waits to be refueled at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Air Force Photo

F-35A Lightning II while another Air Force joint strike fighter waits to be refueled at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. US Air Force Photo

This post was updated to include a statement from Lockheed Martin.

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged — possibly destroyed — in a Monday morning fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., USNI News learned.

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Next Generation Engine Work Points to Future U.S. Fighter Designs

Next Generation Engine Work Points to Future U.S. Fighter Designs

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A Boeing artist's conception of a potential design for F/A-XX. Boeing Photo

A Boeing artist’s conception of a potential design for F/A-XX. Boeing Photo

The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force are in the earliest stages of creating the requirements for their next generation of fighters but development of the engines that will power those aircraft are already well underway — and provide hints on what American sixth-generation aircraft will be able to do. One thing is already clear, both aircraft will be fast, long range and extremely efficient. Read More

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

With aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and its battle group and amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) in position in the Persian Gulf, senators on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee asked very few questions about the budget but plenty on the rise of insurgents in Iraq, if will Afghanistan face the same fate in two years and what can the United States do about both on Wednesday. Read More

Opinion: U.S. Air Power Won’t Defeat ISIS

Opinion: U.S. Air Power Won’t Defeat ISIS

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18E Super Hornet prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on June 15, 2014. US Navy Photo

As Iraq and Syria Islamic State (ISIS) insurgent forces advance on Baghdad, some American political leaders, led by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), have urged that the United States begin airstrikes immediately to stop the growing unrest in Iraq. Although air power may be the only expedient and politically acceptable option, there are several reasons why that all-too-familiar impulse to use our asymmetric advantage in airpower will not defeat ISIS. Read More

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

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German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

Clarification: The article below has been clarified to include information on the Defense Department’s effort to bolster base cyber defense and cybersecurity measures within the networks of partner nations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, based on additional comments by Maj. Gen. John Davis

The Pentagon’s cadre of cyberwarriors are working to bolster cyber security measures within civilian and military networks of individual countries, tagged by the Defense Department as being particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. Read More

Future Helicopter Designs Could Be Stalled By Tighter Pentagon Budgets

Future Helicopter Designs Could Be Stalled By Tighter Pentagon Budgets

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MH-60S helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

MH-60S helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

While acknowledging, “we will always have an operational need for vertical lift,” the Pentagon’s tight budget future is keeping the initiative to replace its aging fleet of helicopters on a small science-and- technology diet that worries industry. Read More