Policy

US Air Force Details Proposed Cuts to Planes, Flying Hours

2022 budget request would retire scores of fighters and tankers and cut thousands of flying hours to fund modernization.

Threats

Peace with Russia, China ‘Fraying at the Edge,’ Milley Tells Graduating Cadets

New Air Force officers should work “to set the conditions for a future that prevents great power war,” Joint Chiefs chairman says.

Policy

US Air Force Will Cut Turkey from F-35 Production, Kendall Says

The service secretary nominee also signals he’s not in favor of reducing U.S. F-35 purchases.

Ideas

Introducing ‘The China Intelligence’

Everyone needs to understand China better. Open-source intelligence can help.

Policy

With Half Its Troops Unvaccinated, Pentagon Aims to Persuade Skeptics

Instead of a “personal health choice,” leaders now call shots a “critical part” of fighting the pandemic.

Ideas

The F-35’s Painful Lessons Must Inform Future Programs

Congress and the Pentagon must question dubious technical requirements, rosy buy-in costs, and optimistic schedule promises.

Policy

Will 2021 Be the Year JADC2 Takes Off?

The U.S. military has big hopes for joint, all-domain command and control. But logistical and financial challenges are mounting.

Policy

DOD Lifts Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated Personnel

Fully vaccinated DOD personnel are no longer required to wear a mask at Defense Department facilities.

Business

It’s Official: New Air Force Ones Will Be Delivered Late

“Definitely a setback” said Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, the U.S. Air Force’s deputy weapons buyer, as Boeing legal battle delays production.

Science & Tech

The Air Force Is Planning For a Future Without the F-22

Just four fighters will make up the future fleet: F-35, F-16, F-15EX, and NGAD, chief says.

Science & Tech

Space Force Aims to Take on an Air Force Surveillance Mission

Ground Moving Target Indicator satellites would begin to replace decades-old aircraft as the newest service expands its mission set.

Policy

At House Hearing, Defense Appropriators Discuss Everything But the Budget

The Biden administration has yet to submit a 2022 budget request, limiting Congress’ ability to oversee defense spending.

Ideas

Why We Need the Advanced Battle Management System

The character of war is changing; ABMS provides the tools for effective command and control into the future.

Policy

Some US Military Bases Begin to Loosen Mask Rules

As some states drop COVID restrictions, commanders from coast to coast are attempting to walk a safe line.

Business

What's In Biden’s First Budget? And How Late Will It Be?

The White House could submit its defense budget request later than any administration in at least a century.

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