Air Force News

Researchers: Major hacking campaign linked to Lebanese spy agency

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:31
A major hacking operation tied to Lebanon's main intelligence agency has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. The report is unusual for the amount of data uncovered about the spying campaign's victims and its operators.

Work requirement for Medicaid isn’t ‘cruel’

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:28
Medicaid work requirements reflect proper social expectations. They send a message that if you can contribute to society, then you should.

Sorry, no one wants your used clothes anymore

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:27
Without significant changes in the way that clothes are made and marketed, this could add up to an environmental disaster in the making.

All Fifty States Club promotes seeing the entire U.S.

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:19
There's no typical 50-stater — some are motivated by patriotism, meeting new people or a desire for new experiences. The objective also infuses vacations with a greater sense of purpose: "You're not just going to Hawaii to lie on the beach, you're going to Hawaii to complete this lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states."

Farmers risk lashes as war obliterates South Sudan breadbasket

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:15
Since fighting spread in mid-2016 to Equatoria, once South Sudan's breadbasket, output has collapsed, adding to what charity Oxfam International says is the likelihood of the country's worst-ever hunger this year. Government forces are accused of killing villagers, burning their homes and stealing food as they pursue rebels. The army denies the charges.

5 detained over fire bombs thrown at Tunisia synagogues

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:02
A judge in Tunisia has ordered the detention of five people suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at two synagogues during protests over price hikes.

Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:57
Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave.

Tweets from Trump add confusion to government shutdown concern

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:47
Injecting confusion into already perilous shutdown negotiations, President Donald Trump undercut his own administration's stance by tweeting Thursday that a children's health insurance program should not be part of a short-term budget agreement.

‘Accounting+’ is pure virtual reality fun

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:25
I’m standing in the middle of a woodsy-looking area holding a battery that I plucked from a climate-control machine in one hand and, in my other, the receiver of a corded phone attached to a pole. My attention is divided between my bosses who are yelling at me through the phone telling me that I should kill myself and a tree dwelling creature I see nearby who is cursing at me for invading his sanctuary.

Are you prepared for the next airline IT outage?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:18
Passengers can take reasonable steps to ensure that when an airline's systems go dark they can still get to their destination.

Hill, agencies target home loan ‘churning’ aimed at veterans

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:00
A dozen senators believe it is time for Congress to act. Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., this month introduced their Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending bill alongside 10 co-sponsors, an even split of Republicans and Democrats.

Warrior-scholar Cavoli takes reins at USAREUR

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 08:44
The new commander of U.S. Army Europe is eyeing readiness and interoperability with allied forces as his major priorities as he settles back in Germany, where he was born to a U.S. Army family decades ago.

FBI says accused Islamic State supporter also had child porn

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:34
Federal agents who searched a Virginia man's electronic devices for ties to the Islamic State found child porn, according to court documents.

The new ambassador to The Hague might be Dutch American, but he's not like anyone the Dutch ever met

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:25
When President Donald Trump picked Peter Hoekstra to be his ambassador to the Netherlands, he was inadvertently setting up an experiment: Would an exponent of the U.S. leader's own devil-may-care approach to accuracy flourish outside the hothouse environment back home?

Iconic MiG-21 Soviet fighter reaches twilight years in Europe

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:20
Nearly 60 years after it entered front-line service with the Soviet air force — and 33 years since production ceased — the single-engine interceptor is reaching the end of the line on the Continent.

Paratroopers drop howitzers, live-fire during Germany exercise

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:44
Thirty-seven paratroopers with the Army’s 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) jumped onto a snowy field here during a heavy drop exercise Wednesday.

‘Big Red One’ deploying division headquarters for Europe mission

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 02:17
A division-level headquarters from Fort Riley, Kansas will take over the day-to-day command of Army operations along NATO’s eastern flank in March, relieving a 4th Infantry Division team that has carried out the mission for the past three years.

Jacksonville's Air National Guard braces for future after missing out on highly-contested F-35 squadron

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 01:11
The U.S. Air Force awarded squadrons of F-35s fighter planes to bases in Montgomery, Ala., and Madison, Wis., on Dec. 21, which meant the people who worked hard to bring them to Jacksonville needed to start thinking about a plan B.

Man found guilty of killing good Samaritan former Marine

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:51
Ricci Chambless Bradden shot his wife in the ankle after they argued over a selfie she took and then shot a former Marine who tried to help her.

Houston's Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green suspended 2 games apiece by NBA

Stars & Stripes - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 23:20
Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will both be suspended for Houston's next two games, with the NBA coming down hard on both Wednesday for what the league said was their "hostile, verbal altercation" with several players in the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room earlier this week.