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Is there a morale crisis in the U.S. nuclear force?

Posted May 13, 2013 by Robert Burns

Beyond the U.S. Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions. Do those entrusted with the world’s most destructive weapons feel stuck in a dead-end career field, given the momentum toward more nuclear arms reductions? And is there a morale crisis among these officers? This matters because the missiles…

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Yeager brings ‘Right Stuff’ to symposium

Posted February 27, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph by Don Branum Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, right, talks to Cadet 1st Class Henry Egan after a National Character and Leadership Symposium presentation at the Air Force Academy Feb. 22, 2013. Yeager was the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, having made the historic flight Oct. 14,…

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U.S. needs China to get tough on North Korea

Posted February 15, 2013 by Matthew Pennington

President Barack Obama says the U.S. will lead the world in taking firm action against the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear test. But Pyongyang’s isolation from most of the international financial and trading system will limit the impact of sanctions unless China can be persuaded to get tougher on its longtime ally. The underground…

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North Korea brandishing nukes to get U.S. to talk peace

Posted February 13, 2013 by Jean H. Lee

The way North Korea sees it, only bigger weapons and more threatening provocations will force Washington to come to the table to discuss what Pyongyang says it really wants: peace. It’s no coincidence that North Korea’s third underground nuclear test – and by all indications so far its most powerful yet – took place Feb….

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Economy, military shape U.S. Iran strategy

Posted February 6, 2013 by Steven R. Hurst

President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that…

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Opening combat positions for women essential to diversity, future AF

Posted January 30, 2013 by Don Branum

Air Force photograph First Lt. Roslyn Schulte, 25, died from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan May 20, 2009. Seen here in her senior class photo, Schulte was a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was the first female Academy graduate killed in action while supporting…

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NASA pilot living his dream

Posted November 30, 2012 by Diane Betzler

Palmdale, California resident Troy Asher is a man who doesnít believe in working for a living instead Asher believes that people should pursue their passion and go after the education needed to become a success in that special career that calls out for them. Someone once told me that if you do what you love,…

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Every day is Veterans Day

Posted November 7, 2012 by James E. Koutz

When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors, but Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often times life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis. As Sandy was still wreaking devastation on the East Coast, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members mobilized on…

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BAE, EADS blast merger ‘myths and misconceptions’

Posted October 3, 2012 by by David Rising

The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Oct. 1 for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow. The deal would create a global…

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My educational journey – How could I say no?

Posted August 31, 2012 by

I joined the military when the Iron Curtain was still up. My plan was to serve my country abroad and get an education. My first duty station was Templehof Central Airport, Berlin, Germany. I initially focused on getting through my first standardization evaluation and completing my Career Development Courses. Once those were completed, the thought…

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