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Hands Off, Budgeteers! DoD Must Fund Our Small Bomber Fleet

Posted by David Deptula on


If an aircraft like the B-1 was taxed so hard due to high demand, the appropriate lesson is that the nation needs more bombers, not less.

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Air Force Pumps Cash Into ‘Vanguard’ Effort, Small Industry Teams

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We need that partnership with customers on the DoD side where they’re willing to take a step forward with us in understanding that neither one of us knows the ultimate answer.”

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Navy Unveils $3.2B Unfunded List: 2 F-35s, New Laser & More Precision Strike

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy tells Congress it wants to get more deadly and sail longer. Quickly. Can you say unfunded requirements?

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Mitchell Weighs In: More F-35s or New, Old F-15s?

Posted by David Deptula on


Fifth gen or fourth gen? F-35A or F-15X. Stealth, sensors and fusion or lots of missiles? Lockheed or Boeing? See what the Mitchell Institute says.

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Heroism on Robert’s Ridge: Trump Awards Second Medal Of Honor

Posted by James Kitfield on


This week the White House will issue its second Medal of Honor in recent months for extreme valor in the Battle for Robert’s Ridge, recognizing one of the most intense and influential firefights of the post-9/11 era. It will be awarded posthumously to Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman. Sometimes at night they huddled over a… Keep reading →

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Air Force Leaders Dodge On Trump ‘Space Force’; Up To $8B To Reengine B-52

Posted by Colin Clark on


In a somewhat surreal scenario, President Trump yesterday riffed on the idea of a “Space Force,” something he’d clearly been briefed on at some point. And the Air Force expects new engines for the B-52 fleet to cost up to $8 billion.

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SecAF Says B-21 ‘On Schedule’ As China Rises To Air Force’s Top Threat

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: It’s explicit: China is the Air Force’s “pacing threat.” That was the clearest message from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who met with the press the day after the Pentagon budget’s release. China’s rapid modernization is driving the Air Force to respond, Wilson said, though she declined to detail any of the service’s efforts… Keep reading →

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No $ For New B-52 Engines Til 2020; Nuke Modernization Moves Ahead: Gen. Rand

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CORRECTED: Inserted Photo Of Minuteman III; Removed Photo Of Titan WASHINGTON: Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force bomber and missile boss, really wants new jet engines for his aging B-52s. The service has invited interested companies to a two-day information session in December and Boeing and Rolls-Royce are already publicly campaigning for the contract. But,… Keep reading →

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10 Reasons The US Should Build New Nuclear Missiles, GBSD

Posted by Peter Huessy on


CORRECTED: Minuteman Was First Solid-Fueled ICBM; Jon Wolfsthal’s name The first solid-fueled InterContinental Ballistic Missile, Minuteman 1, was deployed some 55 years ago on the same day that President Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles were being deployed in Cuba. At the end of the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy credited the newly deployed Minuteman ICBM as his “ace… Keep reading →

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Why America Needs A Nuclear Air Launched Cruise Missile

Posted by Mark Gunzinger on


UPDATED: We Run Op-Ed; Pentagon Announces LRSO Contract The Pentagon just awarded the third major contract in the modernization of the nuclear triad. First came the B-21 bomber. Then the Columbia-class submarine, to replace the Ohio class boomers. Two days ago they awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman contracts to begin work on the new version… Keep reading →

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