Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

Navy 'Committed' To Directed Energy Weapons; Supporting Air Force System Development

Navy ‘Committed’ To Directed Energy Weapons; Supporting Air Force System Development

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf on November 17, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf on November 17, 2014. US Navy photo.

The Navy is “fully committed” to developing and fielding advanced directed energy weapons to deal with emerging threats and to reduce the cost per shot, the Navy’s number two officer said today. Read More

Navy Prepares For Launch Of Final MUOS Satellite; AoA For Follow-On Expected In 2018

Navy Prepares For Launch Of Final MUOS Satellite; AoA For Follow-On Expected In 2018

The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility in January 2016. Lockheed Martin photo.

The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility in January 2016. Lockheed Martin photo.

The Navy is preparing to launch the last satellite in its new constellation that will provide a massive increase in secure, high-quality and high-volume voice and data communications with nearly worldwide coverage, designed for mobile users with hand-held devices but available to joint forces on ships and in aircraft and ground vehicles. Read More

Welsh: Air Force Welcoming Navy Input On Sixth-Generation Fighter Plans

Welsh: Air Force Welcoming Navy Input On Sixth-Generation Fighter Plans

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon leads a formation of F-15 Eagles and F-22 Raptors as they fly in formation over aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) sailing through the Sea of Japan in July 2010. US Navy photo.

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon leads a formation of F-15 Eagles and F-22 Raptors as they fly in formation over aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) sailing through the Sea of Japan in July 2010. US Navy photo.

WASHINGTON – The Air Force’s top officer said today he welcomes input from the Navy and the other services in determining how to provide future U.S. air power – which may not include a sixth-generation manned fighter. Read More

LRASM Set for More Air, Surface Tests This Year

LRASM Set for More Air, Surface Tests This Year

A F/A-18E flying with a black LRASM missile. Lockheed Martin Photo

A F/A-18E flying with a black LRASM missile. Lockheed Martin Photo

Operating under a $321 million contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Lockheed Martin is set to complete the critical design review (CDR) for the company’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) next month, company officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

UPDATED: Ash Carter Says House Defense Bill ‘Gambling With Warfighting Money,’ Path to Hollow Force

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with reporters at theU.S. Air Force Academy after touring the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 12, 2016. DoD Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the House version of the Defense Authorization bill to shift money from emergency war spending to the base budget is gimmickry that is “gambling with warfighting money at a time of war.” Read More

Frank Kendall: Pentagon FY 2017 Focus on Research and Development Designed to Keep U.S. Military Edge

Frank Kendall: Pentagon FY 2017 Focus on Research and Development Designed to Keep U.S. Military Edge

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in 2012. Department of Defense Photo

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall in 2012. Department of Defense Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Pentagon’s top weapons’ buyer said the Fiscal Year 2017 president’s budget paid in the research and development projects to “buy some options” for the U.S. to retain its military technological superiority. Read More