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Gen. Norton Schwartz

Air Force Mulls Merging Cyber, ISR Troops

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA: The senior leadership of the Air Force will decide at the late October Corona meeting at the Air Force Academy whether to take the cyber force from Air Force Space Command and merge it with Air Combat Command‘s ISR force. Why, you ask, would they combine the 24th Air Force with the 25th Air… Keep reading →

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NSC Staff Too Big, Too Activist: Top Former Generals, Officials

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Senate and House Armed Services committees’ push to review the foundational law underpinning today’s US military, known as Goldwater-Nichols, was given a boost today by a group of top former generals and mostly Democratic Pentagon officials. Their biggest takeaway: the National Security Council is too big and takes activist positions on military operations instead… Keep reading →

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Hyten Likely Air Force Chief of Staff Nominee; Carlisle Next

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON:  While it’s always a challenge to nail down just who will be nominated for top Pentagon jobs, Air Force Space Command leader Gen. John Hyten seems as close to a lock for Air Force Chief of Staff as you can get. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has made clear her commitment to diversity… Keep reading →

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How DoD Can Save America’s High-Tech Edge

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The American military-industrial complex used to lead the world in high technology. Now it struggles to keep up with private-sector breakthroughs in computing and other commercial technologies, from iPhones to 3D printing, that any adversary can buy to use against us. Even in military-unique technologies like precision-guided missiles and electronic warfare, experts in and out of… Keep reading →

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The Trilateral Strategic Initiative: An Allied Air Force Model

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


Coalition operations are becoming a norm for democracies. Effective coalition operations are built on solid military planning, exercises, and training, as well as on shared experiences. A key example of such collaborative efforts is the Trilateral Strategic Initiative, established in October 2010 by the Air Force chiefs of staff of the US, France and the… Keep reading →

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Can Dems, Pro-Defense GOP & Tea Party Come Together At Reagan’s Tomb?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Less than three weeks from today, a four-star-studded convoy of Obama administration appointees will head west to the modern GOP’s most hallowed ground, the Ronald Reagan Library – and burial site – in Simi Valley, Calif. The one-day conference is a rare attempt to build a national consensus on defense both between the parties and,… Keep reading →

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Air-Sea Battle Is More About Bin Laden Than Beijing: Former CSAF Schwartz

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CRYSTAL CITY: Don’t think Beijing. Think Abottabad. The evolving concept known as Air-Sea Battle isn’t all about a war with China, nor a budget war with the US Army, said the former Air Force chief of staff who is one of the concept’s founding fathers. Instead, said Gen. Norton Schwartz, who retired just last fall,… Keep reading →

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Countering China: Hypersonic Missiles, Sensors, Stealth, & Speed

Posted by Robbin Laird on


We have heard much about the anti-access/area denial threat China poses to American and allied forces in the Pacific. We have read much about new Chinese missiles such as the DF-21, which supposedly can destroy maneuvering ships at sea — especially US aircraft carriers. We have read that Pacific allies wish to deploy substantial fleets… Keep reading →

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Congress Must Cut Guard Now Or Face Worse Choices Later: SecAf Donley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Air Force Secretary Michael Donley warned Congress today that if it blocks cuts to the Air National Guard this year, it will just be “doubling down” on cuts required in 2014 — maybe not to the Guard, but somewhere in the Air Force — even if sequestration is averted. If sequestration does take… Keep reading →

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Incoming Air Force Chief Bows To Hill On Guard Cuts, Global Hawk; Warns On F-35 Costs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Gen. Mark Welsh, the next Air Force Chief of Staff, admitted that the service’s fiscal 2013 budget was “simply not executable” in the face of Congressional opposition over cuts to the Air National Guard. Welsh vowed to work with Congress, the Guard, and governors “so we never end up here again.” Welsh also… Keep reading →

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