Defense Budget Woes...Again

Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.

The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund. Read more »

USAF Structure Report Issued - Changes Coming!

The Air Force has finished their congressionally-mandated report on the integration and force structure between the 3 USAF components (active duty, National Guard, and Reserve), and has agreed or begun to implement many of the recommendations. Read more »

USAF Requests B-2 Upgrades

Although the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is one of the newest aircraft in the US Air Force's arsenal, its maintenance and operational needs have caused the USAF to request authorization for several different modernization projects in the coming fiscal year. Read more »

USAF Under Fire for Perceived Campaign Against the A-10

An Air Force General who suggested that any airmen talking to Congress about the A-10's capabilities would be committing treason has come under fire for his comments. Read more »

Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America. Read more »

F-16 Dodging 6 SAMs in Desert Storm!

This 1991 video of an F-16 dodging 6 SAMs during Operation Desert Storm is about as intense as it gets!

The SAMs start at about 3 minutes in.

A Look at the F-35's CAS Tactics

The F-35 is causing controversy just about everywhere that it's mentioned. Politicians, civilians, soldiers, pilots, maintainers - it seems that everyone has an opinion on this aircraft, and it's often not a positive one. Read more »

Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com. Read more »

Book Review: The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook

One of the scariest things about leaving for basic military training is venturing into the unknown - and anything that can give you a heads-up about what's to come can help you get in the right mindset to get the most out of basic training. Written by Senior Airman Nicholas Van Wormer - who graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training in 2007 - The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook is designed to help answer many of the most common questions asked by those who are thinking about enlisting or getting ready to ship out! Read more »

A-10 "Safe" for Another Year

It looks like the A-10 is safe from Air Force budget cuts for a bit longer, as lawmakers announced that portions of the recently-passed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act prohibits the Air Force from retiring (or preparing to retire) any of the Warthog fleet for the 2015 fiscal year. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Appeals court to revisit case of child porn, Navy surveillance

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will rehear a case in which a three-judge panel last year threw out a man's child-pornography conviction over what it found to be “massive” and egregious illegal surveillance into civilian computers by the NCIS.
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Lawyers: With combat over in Afghanistan, Guantanamo detainees should be released

With U.S. combat operations officially ended in Afghanistan, some U.S. lawyers for five Afghan detainees at Guantanamo wrote the Obama administration Monday asking that the men be let men go.
1 hour 50 min ago

An Islamic State club? Undercover video stirs up controversy at university

A controversial conservative activist Monday trumpeted his latest undercover adventure: trying to trick Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., into allowing a pro-ISIS campus club.
2 hours 3 min ago

Amid China concerns, Japan, India vow to deepen defense ties

Converging economic and security interests are driving Asia's second- and third-biggest military spenders closer in an attempt to thwart increasingly assertive Chinese claims over contested lands and waters.
2 hours 17 min ago

VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets' benefit data

The electronic records altered in Honolulu dealt with benefits claims, not medical appointments. But the finding underscores that there are ongoing problems within the system.
3 hours 3 min ago

White House backs overhaul of military retirement, health coverage

President Barack Obama announced Monday he will back sweeping overhauls to the military retirement and health care systems as a way to ensure the costly benefits survive into the future.
3 hours 43 min ago