F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

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 »

USAF Needs Drone Pilots

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 »

F-16 vs F-15; Sparring Over the North Sea

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 »

HASC Moves to Fully Fund A-10

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 »

USMC F-35's Reach IOC This Summer

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 »

General Who Compared A-10 Protest to Treason Reprimanded

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 »

The VA, One Year Later

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 »

Military Personnel System In Need of an Overhaul

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:

  • Change the promotion system to put increased weight on skill and merit, and less emphasis on seniority.

President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

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 »

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 »

Air Force News Wire

Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia

Outside the Phoenix convention center, the site of Trump's latest campaign rally, shouting matches and minor scuffles erupted between Trump supporters and opponents. It's the first Trump campaign rally since a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists led to three deaths.
14 hours 22 min ago

Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:Today Secretary of Defense
14 hours 25 min ago
Press Operations

Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:Today Secretary of Defense
14 hours 29 min ago
Press Operations

US notes North Korea 'restraint,' points to possible dialogue

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday commended North Korea for recent restraint in its provocations and said it could point the way to a possible dialogue with the U.S.
14 hours 46 min ago

Trump's Afghanistan plan set to spark fresh congressional debate

President Donald Trump's decision to announce expanded U.S. military operations in Afghanistan but disclose few details is set to spark fresh congressional debate about the future of America's longest war and whether it's time for lawmakers to approve a new use of force law.
14 hours 55 min ago

Afghanistan vets reassured by Trump reversing calls for exit

Many Afghanistan veterans say it's reassuring that President Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit and won't pull troops out under a strict deadline. Though some worry the administration's strategy is too vague to lead to victory.
14 hours 55 min ago