Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

DEPSECDEF Work Cautions Trump Team Against Growing Military Size Over Capability

DEPSECDEF Work Cautions Trump Team Against Growing Military Size Over Capability

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work speaks during the Future Strategy Forum 2016 at the Arleigh Burke Theater in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016. DoD Photo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work speaks during the Future Strategy Forum 2016 at the Arleigh Burke Theater in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016. DoD Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The deputy secretary of defense told the incoming Trump administration that repealing the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps would be a good start for helping the military but that additional money would likely only fill in budget holes rather than buy more ships and planes. Read More

Compromise NDAA Language Invests In More Troops, Scales Back Procurement Of Ships, Aircraft

Compromise NDAA Language Invests In More Troops, Scales Back Procurement Of Ships, Aircraft

FA-18A++ Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(VMFA) 314, forward based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are lined up on the flightline at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise March 7-18, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

FA-18A++ Hornets with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron(VMFA) 314, forward based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, are lined up on the flightline at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, during the Komatsu Aviation Training Relocation exercise March 7-18, 2016. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate and House armed services committees have agreed upon a compromise National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 that prioritizes higher personnel and readiness levels over procurement of ships and aircraft. Read More

Opinion: Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military

Opinion: Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military

 Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore


Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Shortly after the presidential election, USNI News ran a piece looking forward into a U.S. military under a Trump administration.

The report pieced together statements from Trump that may represent his outline for what he often stated was a need to “rebuild the military.” Briefly summarized, Trump’s plan would result in 50 new ships for the U.S. Navy, a 33-percent growth in the size of the Marine Corps, and 50,000 additional soldiers for the Army. Read More

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

With an upset win President-elect Donald Trump has an opportunity to positively reset deteriorating U.S.-Philippines relations. The news of his victory was received with much elation by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. While the two executives may appear to be birds of a feather—certainly in their personalities, tactical use of strong language and statements of extreme policy—there are key differences that bring clear limits to the honeymoon period. Read More

Former NATO Commander: Moscow’s ‘Good Behavior’ Key to Rebuilding U.S. Relationship with Russia  

Former NATO Commander: Moscow’s ‘Good Behavior’ Key to Rebuilding U.S. Relationship with Russia  

Russian airborne soldiers march in Moscow in 2013. photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Russian airborne soldiers march in Moscow in 2013. photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Rebuilding the United States’ relationship Russia begins with Moscow’s “good behavior” in resolving conflicts with its neighbors and international disputes from the Arctic to Syria, the former commander of NATO forces in Europe said Thursday at a Washington, D.C., think-tank. Read More

Officials: Third Offset Strategy Key to Maintaining U.S. Military Technology Dominance

Officials: Third Offset Strategy Key to Maintaining U.S. Military Technology Dominance

Aircraft CF-02, an F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant attached to the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 completes a flyover of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000). US Navy Photo

Aircraft CF-02, an F-35 Lightning II Carrier Variant attached to the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 completes a flyover of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000). US Navy Photo

The driving concept behind the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy comes down to : If we’re not changing, we’re losing to “pacing competitors” like Russia and China in conventional warfare. Read More

DoD's Hurricane Response Effort In Haiti Wrapping Up As Military Assets No Longer Needed

DoD’s Hurricane Response Effort In Haiti Wrapping Up As Military Assets No Longer Needed

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) embrace Haitians after delivering aid to a landing zone on Oct. 16. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. US Navy photo.

Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 (HSC-28) embrace Haitians after delivering aid to a landing zone on Oct. 16. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. US Navy photo.

Ground-based Marine Corps and Army aviation units are already leaving Haiti and amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will likely leave this week, as the military wraps up its Hurricane Matthew response effort and turns the long-term rebuilding effort over to United States Agency for International Development and other organizations. Read More