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386! Go On Air Force. Say it Loud. Now!

Posted by John Lehman on


The Air Force is too small for what it is being asked to do. Here’s what it needs to do to grow.

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Air Force 386 Squadron Plan: Hallucination Or Negotiating Tactic

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced “the Air Force we need”, a significant expansion of the Air Force from 312 operational squadrons to 386. One thing is clear. It will be really expensive. The annual additional cost would be about $37 billion at a time when budget projections show no increase, and up to 94,000 additional personnel, active and reserve.

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Dial-A-Blast For Smart Bombs: AFRL Weapons Adjust Yield To Target

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AFA: The Air Force is developing smart bombs that detonate differently depending on the target. These “Dialable Effects Munitions” could turn up the blast to devastate an enemy camp or turn it down to kill a single terrorist without hurting nearby civilians. In the extreme case, said Col. Garry Haase, the director of munitions at… Keep reading →

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CSIS Expert Calls Out USAF: 386 Squadrons & $13B Space Force Are Guesswork

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: The Air Force threw out two big numbers this week, but one of Washington’s leading budget analysts doesn’t think either of them is credible. One is the service’s unsolicited estimate that President Trump’s plan to create an independent Space Force – largely carved out of the Air Force –… Keep reading →

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Amazon’s Bezos To Air Force: Don’t Overthink It (But….)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


What did Amazon founder, Washington Post owner and space entrepreneur Jeff Bezos tell the Air Force Association? Don’t overthink it. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but it’s not all small stuff. On low stakes decisions, you should go fast, experiment, try and fail and try again; but on the big stuff — the irreversible decisions — for God’s sake, take your time.

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Pentagon’s No. 2 Says Internal Battles Over Space Force Are Healthy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After an Air Force memo pushing back on some of Deputy Secretary of Defense Partrick Shanahan’s early plans for the Space Force hit the streets this week, Shanahan sought to smooth things over.

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Air Force Busts Out Credit Cards To Buy High Tech Gear

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Air Force can be an “angel investor” for some startups, said Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition official.

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What Will New Bomber Squadrons Mean For Air Force? 75 More B-21s?

Posted by Colin Clark on


So reporters kept pressing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff David Goldfein for answers to the reasonable question: How will the Air Force afford 74 more squadrons with all the people, planes, satellites, and infrastructure needed to make them useful?

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How Air Force Tankers, Transports Can Survive In High-Tech War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We’re looking at airframes of the future that will have common cockpits, advanced propulsion systems, (and) signature management,” Miller said. The goal “really is understanding (how) to modify or build an airplane that allows us to operate through that threat environment.”

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Trump Eases Cyber Ops, But Safeguards Remain: Joint Staff

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Fast doesn’t meant out of control. Brig. Gen. Grynkewich took pains to emphasize that civilian oversight remains intact and the Pentagon’s role will be rigorously defined under the new National Security Presidential Memorandum NSPM-13.

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