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

A look at key moments on the road to Mosul

The Islamic State group's hold on Mosul has shrunk to just about one square mile. After more than eight months of some of the most intense fighting against the militants, Iraq's Prime Minister has pledged that victory is near. Here's a look at some of the key events in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.
9 hours 29 min ago

Iraqis fight house to house for costly victory in Mosul

Gunfire echoes through the pockmarked streets as Maj. Ihab Jalil al-Aboudi's soldiers fight block by block for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, occasionally pausing to help terrified families flee to safety across the rubble.
9 hours 38 min ago

Army partners with A&M students to help Texas colonias

The military presence was a product of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training, a training program for active, guard and reserve service members.
9 hours 40 min ago

Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen

The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.
9 hours 40 min ago

Guantanamo prosecutor: 'No comment' on whether he’ll pursue Hambali death-penalty case

The Pentagon’s chief prosecutor refused to acknowledge that his office had sworn out war crimes charges against Hambali, four days after the Miami Herald disclosed the case against the alleged architect of two al-Qaida affiliate bombings in southeast Asia that killed more than 200 people.
9 hours 50 min ago

How a 91-year-old imam came to symbolize feud between Qatar and its neighbors

The Qatar-based cleric and TV star has never been charged in a terrorist attack, but he was labeled a terrorist earlier this month in a formal declaration by Saudi Arabia and three of its allies. Since then, Gulf Arabs have banned Qaradawi's books, blocked his broadcasts and even sought to remove his name from public buildings.
9 hours 59 min ago