Air Force News

Raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 24 min ago
As U.S.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population of Raqqa as human shields.

Pentagon picks national security lawyer to run Guantanamo war court

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 26 min ago
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson said Monday that Rishikof “is currently going through the designation process, and that process may conclude in the coming weeks. At that time, he will begin working as the full-time Convening Authority.”

Japan said to renew push for first offensive weapons since WWII

Stars & Stripes - 4 hours 27 min ago
A policy research group in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party will propose that Japan arm itself with offensive weapons for the first time since World War II, according to a party member.

Ex-military contractor executive sentenced in $825,000 embezzlement

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 21:18
Stuart Teshima, the former chief financial officer of Epsilon Systems Solutions, was also ordered to continue paying off restitution to the firm’s insurance company, which covered the losses. He still has about half, or $470,500, to go.

Carl Clark, WWII hero recognized 6 decades later, dies

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:47
Carl Clark was recognized six decades after his bravery during World War II with a medal of honor that had been denied because he was black. He was serving as a Steward First Class aboard the USS Aaron Ward when Japanese kamikazes attacked the destroyer near Okinawa in May 1945.

Navy’s civilian fleet offers former sailors second chance to serve

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:00
About 7,000 civilians work for Military Sealift Command, a fleet with a $3 billion annual budget and more daily missions than many of the world’s active-duty sea services.

Under pressure, former Sen. Jim Webb declines to be recognized as a distinguished Naval Academy graduate

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:06
Former Senator Jim Webb declined Tuesday to accept an award as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, citing pressure from a "small but vociferous group" of female alumni who are angry about past statements he made that women aren't suited for combat and shouldn't attend the academy.

Scottish Parliament passes motion in favor of referendum on independence

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Advocates for Scottish independence now have parliamentary authority for a referendum. But holding a binding referendum still requires approval from the British government.

Congress pulls plug on Internet protections

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:26
House Republicans freed Internet service providers of protections that limited what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules had also required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves.

Military digging up WWII battle remains from Hawaii cemetery

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:58
The servicemen were killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and buried as unknowns at a national cemetery in Honolulu after the war. More than 990 U.S. Marines and 30 U.S. sailors were killed in the three-day battle. About 550 are still unidentified.

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:38
Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his apartment, and police launched an internal investigation into a death that took on diplomatic implications.

Advocates say the time is right for a War on Terror memorial

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:44
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has long been the inspiration for Andrew Brennan to establish a national memorial to honor the men and women who served in the ongoing Global War on Terror, which he envisions as a place for veterans to gather and remember their friends and for others to learn about the war’s costs.

Senate votes to approve Montenegro's admission into NATO

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:27
Montenegro is set to become NATO's newest member after the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tiny Balkan nation's entry into the alliance.

Contracts For March 28, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:59
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Malvern, Pennsylvania, has

Lockheed's Hewson turned Trump from foe to friend on the F-35

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:46
Lockheed Martin’s experience in taming President Trump on the F-35 stealth fighter jet doesn't just give a revealing look at the White House, it offers a high-profile window into the modus operandi of Marillyn Hewson, who’s led the sprawling corporation since the start of 2013.

Flag Officer Assignment

DoD News Releases - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:35
 Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson

Asia analyst forced to withdraw from think tank position for earlier Trump criticism

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:15
Patrick Cronin, a widely respected Asia analyst who had been selected to run a Pentagon-funded think tank, turned down the position under pressure because he had signed a letter last year opposing President Donald Trump's candidacy, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with the matter.

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:41
A Russian billionaire who is close to President Vladimir Putin says he is willing to take part in congressional hearings to discuss his dealings with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Trump tosses Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:40
Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

Former defense secretary Ash Carter joins Harvard's Kennedy School

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:19
Former secretary of defense Ash Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching students and serving as director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the university announced Tuesday.