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​USAF Specifies Requirements for Contracted Red Air at Nellis

The Air Force is moving forward with plans to contract out up to 5,600 flying hours of realistic advanced adversary air threats at Nellis AFB, Nev. The multi-award contract will be worth a maximum of $280 million for one base year, with four option years.

 

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The Air Force is reaching out to industry as it tries to master “the complexity of multi-domain command and control”—one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s three focus areas.

Brig. Gen. Chance Saltzman, the Air Force’s director of current operations and leader of the MDC2 initiative, in November pointed to a host of commercially available, state-of-the-art technology that could provide better situational awareness and help the Air Force make faster decisions. Such technology was to be one of the lines of focus outlined in a briefing he gave to USAF four-stars late last year.

 

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US Military Satellite Evidently Missing After Cape Canaveral Launch

It is not clear what has happened to a National Reconnaissance Office satellite launched from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., Sunday. Despite early media reports that the rocket crashed into the sea after the top secret payload—code named Zuma—failed to properly separate, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement Tuesday that after reviewing “all data to date,” the Falcon 9 “did everything correctly” Sunday night.

 

 

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Anyone tracking flight paths as the sun set Wednesday over Washington state would have seen a major aircraft movement: military cargo planes, refueling tankers and fighter jets flying in formation.

The unique sight was part of Air Mobility Command’s inaugural Mobility Guardian — a two-week training exercise incorporating more than 3,000 service members, 40 U.S. aircraft and 20 international partners.

Taking part in the exercise were airmen, soldiers and naval aviators, along with service members from more than 20 countries — with half participating in the training scenarios and half observing.

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Senior Airman Eric Contreras, a 86th Communications Squadron systems acquisitions technician, connects wires to new computers for imaging on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 3, 2017. The National Security Agency has directed all of the Department of Defense to make the transition to Microsoft Windows 10. The NSA directive puts all branches of the military on the same operating system for the first time ever. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — Every day the U.S. Air Force rallies in defense against enemy forces wishing to inflict harm, whether it’s through physical harm or via cyberattacks. As the advancement of technology expands, cyber security is more important than ever.

The National Security Agency has directed all of the Department of Defense to make the transition to Microsoft Windows 10. The NSA directive puts all branches of the military on the same operating system for the first time ever.

“The Air Force and DOD are always moving forward in cyber security … to protect us against cyberattacks and provide a better and more protected network,” said Staff Sgt. Christian Valdivia, the 86th Communications Squadron systems acquisitions supervisor.

Keeping up with the civilian enterprise has its challenges as the military fights for optimum security and for smooth communications between departments to de-conflict software issues.

“In the past, we couldn’t put Air Force on Army equipment down-range or vice versa due to software conflict,” Valdivia said. “The only solution then was re-imaging the computer and wiping them completely, but with Windows 10, we won’t have to do that.”

The 86th CS supports more than 24,000 network devices in the Client Systems Center, and they have a March 2018 deadline to ensure every computer in U.S. Air Forces in Europe migrates to Windows 10.

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has signed off on a new policy that will allow military bases to shoot down private or commercial drones that are deemed a threat, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday.

The policy itself is classified and was transmitted to the services in July, Davis said. Broadly, it outlines the rules of engagement for a base when a private or commercial drone is encroaching upon its airspace.

On Friday, unclassified guidance was sent to each of the services on how to communicate the new policy to local communities.

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A proposal in Congress would create the first new uniformed service in 70 years, but it faces opposition from the Pentagon.

The U.S. military hasn’t added a new uniformed service in 70 years, when the Air Force was created in the aftermath of World War II.

If Congress gets its way, that will soon change.

In a bipartisan vote last month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would direct the Defense Department to build a new “space corps” within the Air Force. Its backers blame the Pentagon for failing to prioritize space security in recent years, a lapse that has allowed rivals like Russia and China the opportunity to catch up to U.S. superiority. The proposal’s fate now rests in the Senate, but its most powerful foe is the military itself, which says Congress should simply send more resources rather than force it to undertake a bureaucratic overhaul during a time of war.

 

 

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NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets will be able to effectively tackle Chinese Air Force fighters over Tibet in the event of hostilities between the two countries. A new yet-to-be-released document, “The Dragon’s Claws: Assessing China’s PLAAF Today” makes the point that the IAF has significant operational advantages over the Chinese Air Force in operations in the Tibetan Autonomous Region which lies to the North of the Line of Actual Control between the two countries.

Written by Squadron Leader Sameer Joshi, a former Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter pilot and produced by Vayu Aerospace, the document is the first comprehensive Indian assessment of the air power balance between India and China since the crisis in the Doklam plateau broke out last month.

 

 

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WASHINGTON — Four New York lawmakers got a firsthand glimpse of a historical White House staff shake-up on what was supposed to be a fun trip on Air Force One with President Trump.

But when GOP Reps. Dan Donovan, Peter King, Chris Collins and Lee Zeldin boarded the presidential plane July 28 to Long Island, there was already tension in the air.

Fox News was flashing on TVs in the conference room area of the plane where the four sat with chief of staff Reince Priebus and communications director Anthony Scaramucci. The rivals were at opposite ends and not speaking to each other as newscasters recounted the vile names Scaramucci had called Priebus in a tirade with a reporter.

 

 

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“Used” might be more economical than “new” when it comes to buying cars, but what about when it comes to presidential aircraft?

With the Trump administration looking to save some cash on the purchase of a new Air Force One, the U.S. Air Force and Boeing struck a deal late Friday on a pair of Boeing 787-8s that were originally built for a now-bankrupt Russian airline.

Transaero was Russia’s second-largest airline until it went bankrupt in 2015. Competitor Aeroflot absorbed much of the defunct airline’s equipment but declined to pick up the $1.5 billion sticker price for the planes. Boeing has been paying to park them in the aircraft boneyard in the Mojave Desert.

“The planes have always been owned by Boeing and in Boeing’s possession,” said Caroline Hutcheson, spokesperson for the Seattle-based aircraft giant, in an exclusive interview with Rare.

The pair of planes is not even “used,” exactly, aviation and U.S. Air Force acquisition expert Loren Thompson told Rare. “They’ve been flown exactly twice: once to make sure everything was working right and once to take them to the boneyard,” Thompson said. They’ve been stored in a “like-new” state ever since, he added. And they’re certainly an upgrade from the 747-200s that have been transporting U.S. presidents since the 1990s.

 

 

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