Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

Experts Say Beijing Will Bring South China Sea Lessons to Space

Experts Say Beijing Will Bring South China Sea Lessons to Space

China News Photo

This post has been updated to correct comments attributed to Stephen Kitay to Stephen Ganote.

The way China is aggressively asserting itself in the South China Sea likely will be the way Beijing will behave in the increasingly contested domain of space, the executive secretary of the National Space Council said Monday. Read More

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Pentagon Sees Military Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Adriana Ramirez, attached to U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), attends a candlelight vigil in observance of Suicide Prevention month in 2018. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The suicide rate among active-duty military personnel has been steadily increasing by an average of 6 percent a year during the past five years, according to a new Department of Defense report released Thursday. Read More

Faulty $5 Parts Cause 18-Month, $1 Billion Delay to Navy, Air Force Nuclear Upgrades

Faulty $5 Parts Cause 18-Month, $1 Billion Delay to Navy, Air Force Nuclear Upgrades

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California. US Navy Photo

Defects found in a $5 electrical component will delay the Navy and Air Force nuclear warhead refurbishment program by 18 months and cost more than $1 billion to fix, a National Nuclear Security Administration official said during a congressional hearing Wednesday.

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USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

USS George H.W. Bush CO Acknowledges String of Suicides

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) grieve at a memorial service for Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Juan G. Medina Reynaga on Sept. 18, 2019. US Navy Photo

Three sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) took their lives last week, the ship’s commanding officer confirmed to the crew and community in a Facebook post late Monday. Read More

USS Bataan, 26 MEU Join Coast Guard for Aid Mission in the Bahamas a Week After Dorian

USS Bataan, 26 MEU Join Coast Guard for Aid Mission in the Bahamas a Week After Dorian

Coast Guardsman passes water to those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Sept. 8, 2019. Coast Guard Photo

Due to source error, the post was updated to reflect the current number of Army and Navy helicopters operating in The Bahamas.

THE PENTAGON – Over the weekend, amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) joined the international effort delivering supplies, transporting U.S. relief personnel and providing medical evacuations from the Bahamas a week after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the island nation. Read More

Naval Postgraduate School Pitching Its Curriculum As Pathway To U.S. Space Command

Naval Postgraduate School Pitching Its Curriculum As Pathway To U.S. Space Command

Gen. Jay Raymond, the former Air Force Space Command commander who was tapped to lead the new U.S. Space Command, briefs Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 29, 2019. US Air Force photo.

THE PENTAGON – As U.S. Space Command stands up today, the Naval Postgraduate School is pitching itself as an established source of space planners, logisticians and program managers.

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U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

U.S. Air Force Chief Stresses Importance Of Freedom of Navigation Operations During Pacific Tour

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein speaks to Airmen during an all call at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 14, 2019. US Air Force Photo

MANILA — The U.S. Air Force and the Navy will continue a combination of air and sea patrols in the Indo-Pacific region in an effort to keep the waters and skies open to overflight and international navigation, the head of the U.S. Air Force said in the Philippines, his first stopover during a visit to the air forces in the region. Read More

Competition to Build 5G Networks, Hypersonics Focus for Pentagon Research Chief

Competition to Build 5G Networks, Hypersonics Focus for Pentagon Research Chief

The X-51A Waverider, shown here under the wing of a B-52 Stratobomber is set to demonstrate hypersonic flight. US Air Force Graphic

The Department of Defense has made significant progress in the past 15 months in offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities to counter developments from China and Russia, its chief engineer said Tuesday. Now, the Pentagon is aiming to make the same kind of progress in developing 5G networks and microelectronics. Read More