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Here's What Outgoing USAF Secretary Says the Air Force Needs To Do To Win the Future

"Future advantage will go to those who create the best technologies and who integrate and field them in creative operational ways that provide military advantages."
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U.S. Military Space Plans Pose Risk of Confusion, Report Warns

While lawmakers have previously warned that existing U.S. space efforts dealing with national security are hampered by fragmented leadership and overlapping authorities, those problems could quickly worsen at the same time that the military threat in space escalates, Congressional Research Service analyst Kathleen McInnis said in a new assessment. One key concern is who has command of military space operations. As an example, she pointed to potential “frictions” for resources between the Air F...
Tags: Science, Air Force, Congressional Research Service, Kathleen McInnis


Pentagon Officials Are Preparing for an All-Out Space War

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyThe United States is under siege in space, and we better get ready for an all-out space war.At least, that’s the alarming scenario that a host of Trump administration officials posited on Tuesday and Wednesday at a major space conference in Colorado Springs, where Pentagon officials warned of increasingly sophisticated Russian and Chinese weapons threatening America's hundreds of satellites and the GPS, phone calls, and internet-browsing...
Tags: Science, Colorado, Washington, China, Massachusetts, Russia, India, America, Department Of Defense, Beijing, United States, Paris, Moscow, Pentagon, Air Force, Boeing


Trump's Space Force collides with skeptical Congress

The Space Force that President Donald Trump wants to launch ran headlong on Thursday into skeptical lawmakers who questioned the need for a stand-alone military wing. Trump has insisted that a separate branch of military is needed to focus on protecting satellites, tackling vulnerabilities in space, and asserting US dominance in orbit. Under a Pentagon proposal, the Space Force would be established as its own branch of the military but would fall under the Air Force, similar to how the Navy ov...
Tags: Science, Congress, Navy, US, Pentagon, Air Force, Donald Trump, Trump, Space Force, Trump s Space Force


B-21 Bombers, Stealth and Much More: This Is the Future of America's Bomber Force

“The advantages of stealth technology will be an essential tool for any aircraft operating in or around the reach of advanced air defenses for the foreseeable future. We will continue to research additional technologies to enhance or replace stealth technology in response to increasing threat capabilities,” Russell said.The Air Force’s recently released Bomber Vector calls for wide range of new technologies for the fleet - to include newer stealth materials, faster computer processors, upgraded ...
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Pentagon Admits Plan to Launch 1,300 Satellites Might Not Prevent Chinese or Russian Attacks

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyA new Pentagon space agency wants to launch nearly 1,300 small satellites and, in the process, totally reinvent the way the military operates in orbit.The goal: to help the U.S. satellite constellation survive a sneak-attack by China or Russia. With hundreds of satellites in orbit, no single satellite is critically important, or so the thinking goes. If the Chinese or Russians were to knock out one or even dozens of satellites, scores more could take th...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, China, Massachusetts, Russia, America, Nasa, Earth, Beijing, Moscow, Pentagon, Air Force, Kennedy, Colorado Springs, U S Air Force


A Killer Combo: Arm F-35s and F-15s with Laser Weapons

Given the complexity of laser weapons integration, the AFRL report details a three-pronged approach to development; the phased approach begins with subsystems engineering, then moves toward low-power laser testing and them conduct extensive air and ground tests.The Air Force will one day fire high-tech laser weapons from drones and fighter jets to destroy high-value targets, conduct precision strikes and incinerate enemy locations from the sky.The first airborne tests are expected to take place ...
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Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan: Fund Space Force As a Separate Military Branch or Risk Economic Apocalypse

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos by GettyTrump administration officials trekked to a space-industry conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday to deliver a thinly-veiled message to Democrats in Congress: Fund the President’s Space Force or risk a $3 trillion hit to the economy.But Democrats have been clear: The space force is expensive and dumb, and Congress won’t pay for it.That hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from pushing for it.“Space is fundamental to our mo...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, New York City, Defense, Nasa, United States, Commerce, House, San Diego, Republican, Air Force, Illinois, Smith


U.S. Air Force General Hyten nominated to be next vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air Force General John Hyten, currently the head of U.S. Strategic Command, has been nominated to be the next vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Air Force secretary said on Tuesday. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, speaking at a space symposium in Colorado, said Hyten was nominated earlier on Tuesday. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; editing by Diane Craft)
Tags: Science, Colorado, Washington, Air Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff, U S Air Force, Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, John Hyten, U S Strategic Command, Hyten, Heather Wilson, Reuters Air Force, U S Joint Chiefs of Staff the Air Force


The F-35 Trap: How the Air Force Can Avoid Trouble Before Building a New Fighter Jet

Here's how to do it.
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Why the C-130 Might Fly for 80 Years

The Air Force plans to fly its war-tested 1950s-era C-130 aircraft well into the 2030s and beyond through a sweeping, multi-pronged technical overhaul, designed to enable the propeller-flown aircraft to perform its high-risk troop transport and combat support missions for decades to come.
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The New B-21 Stealth Bomber: Flying Much Sooner Than Expected?

The Air Force appears to have completed its Critical Design Review of the emerging B-21 bomber, inspiring confidence and optimism that a new-generation of stealth will be ready for war by the mid-2020s, and beyond. The apparent program progress does, at very least, raise the question as to whether to new bomber could be an important element of the service's "faster" acquisition strategy.
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This Could Be the Air Force's Future: What You Need To Know About 'Wingman Drones'

The unmanned aircraft "have the potential for dramatically changing the game in the conduct of air operations."
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Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again

The discovery of more aircraft junk has spurred the Air Force to halt deliveries for the second time in a month.
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Stealth Brothers: Why the F-35 Will Love the Air Force's New 6th Generation Fighter

All the reasons
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Pentagon refuses Boeing tanker deliveries over quality issues

More bad news for US aviation giant Boeing: the US Air Force said Tuesday it had halted for a second time the acceptance of new KC-46 tankers due to ongoing quality issues. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson revealed the March 23 decision -- another setback in the already delayed air tanker program -- during a budget hearing in Congress. "The Air Force again halted acceptance of new KC-46 tanker aircraft as we continue to work with Boeing to ensure that every aircraft delivered meets the highe...
Tags: Science, Congress, US, Pentagon, Air Force, Boeing, US Air Force, Wilson, Heather Wilson


Mini Stealth F-35?: Don't Go Crazy Over the XQ-58A Valkyrie (At Least Not Yet)

While the Air Force refused to disclose specifics of the XQ-58A, the drone is billed as having long range and a “high subsonic” speed. Could be the next super weapon?
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Safe Stealth: The Air Force Has a Trick Up Its Sleeve To Make the F-35 Even Better

AGCAS uses sensors to identify and avoid ground objects such as nearby buildings, mountains or dangerous terrain; AGCAS has already saved lives, senior Air Force officials tell Warrior Maven.
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Super F-22s, Advanced B-52s, Hypersonic Missiles and More: The Air Force's Future is 'Deadly'

“We want to accelerate buying things earlier and bend metal immediately to learn, instead of wasting time on paper,” William Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, told an audience recently at an Air Force Association Symposium.
Tags: Science, Air Force, Air Force Association, William Roper, Air Force Acquisition Technology Logistics


Here's What It Looks Like When 24 F-22 Raptor Fighters Take Off at Once

The “elephant walk” is a show of Air Force readiness to fight on short notice.
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Hitler's Air Force Had a Fatal Flaw: No Heavy Bomber (And It Cost Him)

In the absence of a heavy bomber, the Luftwaffe pushed its medium bombers in World War II to the limits of their endurance.
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NASA photos capture immense flooding of a vital U.S. Air Force base

In 1948, Air Force Secretary Stuart Symington stationed the United States' long-range nuclear bombers at Offutt Air Force Base in eastern Nebraska, a location safe in the middle of the nation and well-insulated from the coast. But 70 years later, the base — now home to the U.S. Strategic Command which deters "catastrophic actions from adversaries and poses an immediate threat to any actor who questions U.S. resolve by demonstrating our capabilities" — isn't safe from historic and recor...
Tags: Science, California, Nasa, Earth, United States, Cbs, Nebraska, Air Force, Digitalglobe, Fisher, National Weather Service NWS, U S Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base, Missouri River, Offutt Air Force, U S Strategic Command


The Air Force's New AI Is Basically R2-D2 for Fighter Jets

The U.S. military wants to put artificial intelligence in the cockpit, as an assistant or AI-powered wingman.
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How the Air Force Could Avoid the 'F-35' Trap

Could a rethink of U.S. acquisition policies bring back the heady days of the “Century Series,” a time in which the Air Force could pick and choose between a variety of different fighters specialized in certain tasks? Could such an approach free the Pentagon from the specter of another gigantic, F-35-sized procurement project?
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Watch the U.S. Air Force launch a new satellite live right here

It's been an eventful week for spaceflight, with the biggest news being the hotly anticipated launch of the Soyuz rocket carrying a pair of NASA astronauts going smoothly on Thursday, but we're not done yet. The U.S. Air Force is about to close out the week with the launch of a shiny new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite, and it's using a Delta IV rocket from United Launch Alliance to make it happen. The launch, which will be the second Delta IV launch from ULA th...
Tags: Florida, Science, Australia, Nasa, Canada, United States, Air Force, Ula, United Launch Alliance, U S Air Force, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Wideband Global SATCOM


The "What-If" YF-23 Stealth Fighter Debate: We Are All Missing a Bigger Point

"So it perhaps is natural that we'd ask whether the F-22 was the right choice. Maybe, just maybe, the F-23 could've succeeded where the F-22 failed. What if the Air Force had picked the other stealth fighter design? What if America were stronger? What if we were safer? What if the whole world were a better place?"
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The B-52 Bomber: Getting Ready to Carry Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missiles?

The Air Force is now arming its fleet of B-52 Bombers with prototype nuclear-armed cruise missiles to prepare the aircraft for the possibility of launching the Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) weapon.
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How The Air Force Wants to Crush Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighters and Deadly S-400s

The Air Force is massively speeding up a new networked surveillance system intended to collect, organize and disseminate pressing attack information in extremely high-risk environments including enemy stealth fighters, advanced air defenses and armed drones.
Tags: Science, Russia, Air Force


Brazil to sign accord with U.S. on space technology next week

The United States and Brazil have negotiated an accord to safeguard U.S. space technology the South American nation hopes will be used in commercial rockets lifting off from its launch site near the equator, the Brazilian government said on Monday. Brazil hopes to get a piece of the $300 billion-a-year space launch business by drawing U.S. companies interested in launching small satellites at a lower cost from the Alcantara base run by the Brazilian Air Force on the South American country's nor...
Tags: Science, United States, Brazil, Air Force, Alcantara


Air Force Releases Video of New Combat Drone, the XQ-58A Valkyrie

The U.S. Air Force has released the first images of its latest combat drone, the XQ-58A Valkyrie. The new aircraft, which went from concept to first test flight in 2.5 years, “behaved as expected” on its first test flight this week, according to the Air Force.Read more...
Tags: Science, Military, Drones, US military, Radar, Weapons, Air Force, Valkyrie, US Air Force, New Cold War, Bombs, U S Air Force, Air Force Read, Kratos, Kratos Defense, Laser Weapons



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