Category Archives: Force

Air Force to let troops wear green coveralls, camo ballcaps

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Airmen and guardians will get to shake up their workday wardrobe with ballcaps and coveralls as the Air Force revises its uniform standards this summer. Starting immediately, officers and enlisted troops can don “coyote brown” camouflage baseball caps they already own, as long as they are made entirely of Operational Camouflage Pattern fabric or in […]

US Air Force awards $465M contract for new E-11A planes

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday awarded Learjet a contract worth up to $465 million for Bombardier Global 6000 business jets, which will be modified into the E-11A aircraft used to relay data between platforms that cannot normally share information. The contract immediately obligated $70 million to pay for the first Global 6000 […]

The Air Force wants rocket deliveries to anywhere on Earth in under an hour

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WASHINGTON — The Air Force Research Laboratory boosted the prominence of its Rocket Cargo initiative to deliver freight on commercial rockets to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, naming it the lab’s fourth Vanguard program. AFRL, which noted the designation in the Air Force fiscal 2022 budget request released last week, uses its Vanguard […]

Air Force to replace JSTARS units in Georgia with new tech

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The Air Force said it plans to phase out its decades-old JSTARS aircraft and radar system used for battlefield surveillance and replace it in central Georgia with new missions driven by upgraded technology. The JSTARS mission is shared by both active-duty airmen and Georgia Air National Guard members at […]

Most Air Force manning remains flat while Space Force spikes in $174 billion budget request

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The Department of the Air Force hopes to soon boast a workforce exceeding 660,000 personnel, while shrinking to about 5,400 aircraft, as part of its $173.7 billion budget request for fiscal 2022. This year’s ask is $5.5 billion — or 3.3 percent — higher than the department’s enacted budget in 2021. Under the proposed spending […]

Here’s how much each part of the new Air Force PT test will be worth

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When airmen and guardians return to regular physical fitness testing on July 1, their pushup and situp prowess will matter more than before. The Air Force suspended physical training tests multiple times starting in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The service has used the time to craft a more realistic and flexible way […]

Air Force held first information warfare test exercises

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force conducted its first information warfare-focused exercises to test the concept at a new range in the New Mexico desert. To date, Air Combat Command led 10 “proof of concept” exercises, Jeffrey Phillips, commander of the 67th Cyberspace Wing, said May 18 during an AFCEA Alamo Chapter online event. These […]

Air Force inspector general takes over review of fired Space Force commander’s speech

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The Air Force Inspector General will take over an ongoing investigation into the conduct of Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a Space Force officer who was fired last week after publicly criticizing the Pentagon’s diversity push and what he believes is Marxism spreading in the ranks. Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, head of the Space Force’s operations […]

Air Force to focus 2022 construction funds on Europe, Pacific and nukes

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The Air Force plans to funnel next year’s military construction dollars toward bolstering its facilities across Europe and the Indo-Pacific, as well as preparing to bring on a new generation of nuclear weapons, officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The Air Force and Space Force remain “committed to European [Deterrence] Initiative efforts to reassure North Atlantic Treaty […]