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Space Development Agency Opens; To Tackle Hypersonics From LEO

Posted by Colin Clark on


As the Pentagon rushes to implement defenses against advanced hypersonic weapons, it’s battling the old way of doing acquisition and requirements.

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Air Force Secretary Wilson Heading to University of Texas

Posted by Colin Clark on


Insiders were blindsided by her departure. So who fills her seat in the Pentagon?

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Air Force Tries To Fix F-35’s ALIS — From A Big, Broken Box To the Cloud

Posted by Colin Clark on


How bad is the F-35’s computerized maintenance system, ALIS? So bad the plane may be better off without it.

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SecAF Questions Space Development Agency; Air Force Didn’t Want Boeing F-15X

Posted by Colin Clark on


We’ve already got SMC and the NRO. What the heck will a Space Development Agency do that’s different, and why.

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All Services Sign On To Data Sharing – But Not To Multi-Domain

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We need to have any sensor connect to any shooter at very rapid machine-to-machine speed,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, “if we’re going to multi-domain operations.” But aye, there’s the rub: Are we?

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Trump Tries to Take Control of Mattis Narrative

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The relationship went through a messy ending. Will the president now try and give Mattis the Rex Tillerson treatment?

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Space Force Will Have Seat On Joint Chiefs, Not Full Independence; Costs TBD

Posted by Paul McLeary on


PENTAGON: The Air Force has eked out a victory in the Pentagon’s latest proposal for a Space Force. While many in the Air Force would prefer to keep their current preeminent role in space operations and not create a new service at all, the current plan — to be submitted by year’s end for inclusion… Keep reading →

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Beyond 386 Squadrons: AFWIC’s Four Futures For The Air Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“AFWIC was told to inform and try to shape the ’20 POM,” Fantini told reporters, but that 2020-2024 budget plan is due out in February and was already largely locked down. “But the ’21 POM,” he said, it’s “game on.”

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DoD Scrambles To Write Space Doctrine As Space Command Plan Takes Shape

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian said Wednesday that the final figure for a Space Force is unclear and is far from a done deal, even though the Air Force recently threw out a figure of $13 billion. “The final answer won’t happen this month or next month,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told a small group of reporters.

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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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