Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return. Read more »
If you're interested in getting some pilot training through the US Air Force, now may be the perfect time to try, as the service expects to have a large need for drone pilots in the coming years. Read more »
A video posted by the Dutch Air Force gives us an inside look at a little bit of friendly NATO Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT), as a Dutch F-16 takes on an American F-15 flown by the Air National Guard. Read more »
The back and forth between the Air Force and Congress over the A-10 continues, with the House Armed Services Committee's most recent draft of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the defense priorities for the coming fiscal year. Read more »
When Marine Corps pilots start taking to the skies in the F-35B this summer, their brand new aircraft will be lacking in quite a few areas compared to some of the aircraft that it is slated to replace - namely the A-10 Warthog. Read more »
In an earlier post, we mentioned that US Air Force Major General James Post made a comment to a group of about 300 officers stating that "Anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason”. While the Air Force claimed that these comments were merely hyperbole, due to requests from Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) the Air Force agreed to investigate Post's comments and find out if they did have a negative impact on personnel and morale. Read more »
It's been about a year since it was revealed that a VA hospital in Phoenix was concealing wait times for soldiers' care and that soldiers have died while waiting for care, and while progress has been made, not everyone is satisfied. Read more »
After only 5 weeks on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about both recruiting and retaining the best soldiers for America's military in the coming years. To that end, DefSec Carter has come up with a dramatic change to the US military's personnel system and structure.
Some of his proposed changes:
The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system. Read more »
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 »