Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions. Read more »

Army, Air Force, and Navy Revise Hairstyle Regulations

The Army, Air Force, and Navy have all reviewed the newly-implemented hairstyle policies and have agreed to modify both the allowed hairstyles and some of the language used in the regulations themselves. Read more »

68 USAF Bases Ranked By AirForceTimes.com

AirForceTimes.com has tried to quantify what airmen often discuss among themselves - which Air Force bases are best, and which ones you want to stay away from.

Using data from 68 US bases and the surrounding areas, this study looks at things like:

  • local school systems
  • cost of living
  • cost of housing
  • size of commissary/base exchange
  • local unemployment/crime rates
  • local climate
  • local sales tax
  • health care on base

USAF Moves on Long Range Bomber Proposal

The USAF has released its request for proposal to industry for its Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) this week, with proposals due by the fall of this year and evaluations completed in early 2015.

Although the details of the request for proposal are unknown, some of the requirements of the new bomber are thought to be a large payload capacity, the ability to be optionally-manned, be based on mature technologies that will also be easily upgraded and expanded, and will come into service sometime in the mid-2020s. Read more »

34 USAF Nuke Officers Implicated in Cheating UPDATE: USAF Releases Disciplinary Actions

Thirty-four nuclear missile officers with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in the largest single cheating scandal in the USAF's nuclear force. Read more »

Air Force Raises Enlistment Age

The US Air Force has upped the maximum age for enlistment - a surprise to many, in this time of shrinking budgets and forces.

The new maximum age for new enlistees into the USAF is now 39, which applies to all USAF enlisted - not just those signing up for certain jobs. The maximum enlistment age under federal law is 42, but every service sets their own specific age limit. The US Army's max age is 35, the US Navy's is 34, and the Marines are now the lowest at 28. Read more »

US House Saves A-10, Other Airframes

The US House of Representatives has voted to block the Pentagon's proposal to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft next year.

The 300-114 vote shows a clear majority supported the amendment to save the A-10 from the chopping block. The sponsor of the amendment, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), said that "The Air Force wants to save money, but they don’t have an adequate follow-on at this time, and, with what’s happening in Iraq and the Middle East, eliminating the A-10 is the absolute wrong move". Read more »

Army Lt. Col. Supports Grounding the A-10

An opinion piece by Army Lt. Col. Paul Darling titled "The A-10 needs to go" has been published over at AirForceTimes.com.

Lt. Col. Darling, an infantry officer in the Alaska National Guard, lists three "myths" that are perpetuated about and around the A-10 and Close Air Support (CAS) in general.

The three ideas that Darling tries to disprove are:

Low Level Flight Not Just for Fighter Jocks!

If you think the low-level scenic flights through valleys and other scenic landscapes is just for fighter jocks, this video taken from a C-130H from the 36th Airlift Squadron may just change your mind!

A-10 Supporters Amend 2014 NDAA

Earlier this month the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) approved a bipartisan amendment to the Nation Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that both continues funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt through the end of fiscal year 2015, and calls for a study to determine the effectiveness and cost of other aircraft performing the close-air-support (CAS) mission. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas

Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.
1 hour 45 min ago

New PACAF commander seeks China air safety dialogue

Gen. Lori Robinson says she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.
3 hours 27 min ago

China's clandestine submarine caves extend Xi's naval reach

Beneath the surface of the South China Sea off the tropical Chinese resort island of Hainan, an underwater tunnel guides submarines into a lair reminiscent of a James Bond spy movie.
4 hours 3 min ago

Boeing sees Antares rocket blast hastening end of reliance on Russian engines

The Antares rocket destroyed in a fireball off a Virginia launchpad could speed efforts by the U.S. space industry to end its reliance on Russian-made engines, Boeing Co.'s defense chief says.
4 hours 38 min ago

Redacted documents shed little light on how Alaska Guard handled investigations

Several media organizations sought the documents after the release of a scathing federal report of sexual misconduct and fraud within the Alaska National Guard.
4 hours 53 min ago

Burkina Faso president pushed from power; protesters set parliament on fire

The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers.
5 hours 21 min ago