Category Archives: U.S. Air Force

Recent Fatal Navy, Marine Aviation Crashes Are Symptoms of Overworked Forces, Officials Say

Recent Fatal Navy, Marine Aviation Crashes Are Symptoms of Overworked Forces, Officials Say

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepares to takeoff while transiting the Bab al-Mandeb Strait aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), April 1, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Investigations into a recent string of fatal aviation mishaps across the joint force are ongoing, but Navy and Marine Corps leaders said the spate of events clearly points to an overworked force, two officers told USNI News this morning.

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Marine Corps, Air Force Service Chiefs Hold First Meeting Since 2011; Plan to Coordinate on F-35, Air Defense Threats

Marine Corps, Air Force Service Chiefs Hold First Meeting Since 2011; Plan to Coordinate on F-35, Air Defense Threats

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, walks with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, left, before an evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2017. Neller hosted the parade and Goldfein was the guest of honor. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps and Air Force service chiefs met this week in the first top-level meeting between the services since 2011, in the first step towards developing a closer bond between the services perhaps least likely to work together. Read More

Trump Technology Tariffs Against China Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage

Trump Technology Tariffs Against China Designed to Protect U.S. Military Advantage

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at the White House on March 22, 2018. Image via CNN

THE PENTAGON — The Trump Administration announced tariffs and other restrictions on China’s high-tech industry Thursday. The implicit message is the actions intend to guard the U.S. military’s technological advantage in a 21st Century battlespace.

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EUCOM Commander: Moscow Targeting Balkans with Misinformation Campaigns

EUCOM Commander: Moscow Targeting Balkans with Misinformation Campaigns

Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti hosts a command “Town Hall” at Patch Barracks, Germany, February 07, 2018. US Army Photo

The Balkans are “an area we could have problems with in the future” as the Kremlin increases the tempo of its disinformation campaigns in Serbia and nations with large Serb populations, like Kosovo and Bosnia, the nation’s top commander in Europe warned Thursday. Read More

F-35 Price Dropping But Not Enough for the Pentagon

F-35 Price Dropping But Not Enough for the Pentagon

Seaman Lance Gilinksy stands lookout watch on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while an F-35C Lightning II, from the “Rough Raiders” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 approaches on Dec. 8, 2017. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. — The F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter production is ramping-up, but the Pentagon’s official in charge of the program warns the current $94 million to $120 million cost per jet is still too high and could become unaffordable if more savings can’t be squeezed out of the manufacturing process.
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