Defense

GOP backers of defense budget hike got millions in donations

Posted February 24, 2016 by Richard Lardner

House Republicans urging a steep increase in the Pentagon’s budget have received $10 million in campaign contributions over the course of their congressional careers from defense contractors that would benefit from higher levels of military spending. The 34 GOP lawmakers, all members of the House Armed Services Committee, are pressing for an $18 billion increase…

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Army seeking ‘3rd offset strategy’ to dominate enemy

Posted February 24, 2016 by David Vergun

"Our adversaries have begun to catch us in technology and in some cases, we believe, may overmatch some of our systems," said a senior intelligence advisor.

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Mildenhall KC-135s support French operation

Posted February 24, 2016 by Capt. Lauren Ott

Air Force photograph by SrA. Erin Trower Airmen arrive at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron Feb. 21, 2016. Since 2013, the U.S has been supporting the French government in Operation Juniper Micron by providing air refueling and airlift support of French operations in Mali and North Africa. Three KC-135…

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First Air National Guard Airman graduates F-35 intel school

Posted February 24, 2016 by A1 Andrea Posey

As the F-35A Lightning II prepares to fly north in 2020, the Vermont Air National Guard sent an airman to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to become the first National Guardsman to graduate from the Joint Strike Fighter program’s Intelligence Formal Training Unit. Capt. Christopher Clements, 158th Operations Support Squadron intelligence officer, graduated Feb. 11,…

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Disbrow confirmed as under-secretary of the Air Force

Posted February 24, 2016 by SrA. Hailey Haux

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Lisa S. Disbrow as the new under-secretary of the Air Force to ensure efficient and effective management of Air Force resources.

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F-35As deploy to test readiness

Posted February 22, 2016 by A1C Jessica H. Evans

Six F-35As arrived at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 8, from Edwards AFB, Calif., to begin an operational deployment test at a nearby range complex. The test will help develop the concept of operations as well as validate the aircraft's capability to deploy.

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KC-135 crew saves F-16 pilot from ejecting over enemy lines

Posted February 19, 2016 by SrA. David Bernal Del Agua

Courtesy photograph SrA. Jonathan Nigl, left, a 384th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, Maj. Robert Bradley and Capt. Nathanial Beer, both 384th ARS pilots, pose for a photo in front of their aircraft. A KC-135 Stratotanker crew from McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, saved an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from ejecting over Islamic State of…

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Navy team modifies Edwards KC-135 instrumentation

Posted February 19, 2016 by Rebecca Amber

A U.S. Navy Aircraft Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation team is hard at work augmenting instrumentation to a KC-135 tanker assigned to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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F-22 Raptors conduct show of force over South Korea

Posted February 17, 2016 by

Four U.S. F-22 Raptors conducted a combined formation flight alongside South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons at Osan Air Base, South Korea, to demonstrate the capabilities of both nations Feb. 17, in response to recent provocative actions by North Korea.

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More robust US airpower needed, AF leaders tell lawmakers

Posted February 17, 2016 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and other senior leaders testified before the House Armed Services Committee about readiness and the fiscal year 2017 Air Force budget request Feb. 12. The panel, which also included Lt. Gen. John Raymond, the deputy chief of staff for operations, and Lt. Gen. John Cooper, the…

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