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Light Attack Experiment

House Members Seek NDAA Language to Force Light-Attack Aircraft Buy

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Phil Clay, a former Navy test pilot for the Imminent Fury/Combat Dragon close air support experiments, says the Air Force should purchase “at least a wing” (20 planes) of the Light-Attack Aircraft for SOCOM and the so-called foreign internal defense (FID) mission to combat insurgencies. 

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Air Combat Commander Doesn’t Trust Project Maven’s Artificial Intelligence — Yet

Posted by Colin Clark on


Before the Air Force will trust AI to pick out targets, Gen. Holmes said, it has to get smarter than a human three-year-old.

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Air Force Cautions On Light Attack Combat Test: AF1 Refueling Update

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: It’s always difficult to tell when the military is covering its tuckus and when it’s just being careful. So when the outgoing head of the Air Force press desk, Col. Patrick Ryder, told reporters this afternoon that the service had not made any decision about whether to go ahead with a combat test of… Keep reading →

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Urban Battles May Mean Fricking Lasers, EW, Networks For Air Force

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA: Two decades after the Marines predicted most warfare would be in urban areas, the Air Force is coming to the same conclusions. Simply put, the great majority of humans live in cities these days, and Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein has added urban warfare to his list of top focus areas. Part… Keep reading →

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Airlines Step Up Hiring So Air Force Boosts Retention Pay

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  PENTAGON: Eager to stem the flow of Air Force pilots chasing bigger paychecks and cushier gigs with America’s airlines, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service is increasing what used to be called flight pay for the first time since 1999. US airlines hired 4,000 pilots last year, many of them former… Keep reading →

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