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Boeing-Leonardo Team Scoops Up $2.38B UH-1N Replacement Deal

Posted by Colin Clark on


The head of Strategic Command must be very happy this evening, having learned that the Air Force is finally buying a new helicopter to guard America’s ICBM fields. The Boeing-Leonardo team won the contract to supply 84 helicopters.

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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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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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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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Space Force & Command To Cost $13B For First Five Years: SecAF Memo

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The scope of the Space Force appears to be growing, with a new Air Force memo spelling out all of the offices that will fall under the proposed new command.

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Wilson Presses For 40K More Airmen, 74 More Squadrons

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It won’t be cheap. Todd Harrison, defense budget guru at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tweeted that the larger service could cost an additional $13 billion per year.

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SecAF Wilson Takes Charge, Calls For 24% Boost In Squadrons

Posted by David Deptula on


Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson laid down what will probably be the signature marker of her term as head of the Air Force, calling today at the Air Force Association conference for 74 new operational squadrons, including five more bomber squadrons, seven more special operations squadrons, 14 more tanker squadrons, seven more fighter squadrons, and 22 more Command and Control Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance squadrons. But, she noted of the larger Air Force she says the nation needs: “It’s not just larger; the way we fight will be different.” Dave Deptula, head of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, analyzes Wilson’s commitment. Read on! The Editor.

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Lockheed ‘Seizes High Ground’ With Second Hypersonics Deal

Posted by Colin Clark on


“All of the fundamental research in hypersonic aerodynamics is United States (work),” said Pentagon R&D chief Mike Griffin. “We did not choose to weaponize the results of that research. Our adversaries have chosen to weaponize it. That’s the challenge. We will respond.”

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Up the Buy ASAP: Fixing American Airpower

Posted by Doug Birkey on


Double the buy rate on F-35A starting in 2020 and plan on a minimum of 200 B-21 bombers built in rapid fashion. That will begin to get to the Air Force that America needs to meets the challenges of the future.

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Farnborough Preview: Navarro Leads US Sales Push; Reaper Flies Atlantic To RIAT

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WASHINGTON: No Russians. Few Chinese. The F-35. And the man who has led the charge in America’s trade wars, Peter Navarro, at the head the American delegation, with lots of other senior American officials along eager to boost bilateral sales of US weapons and civilian aircraft. Those are the early outlines of what we’ll see at this… Keep reading →

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