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  • Spy Betrayed U.S. to Work for Iran, Charges Say

    02/14/2019 10:35:14 AM PST · by detective · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2019 | Adam Goldman
    Inside the government, some officials called her “Wayward Storm.” Her real name was Monica Elfriede Witt, an exemplary Air Force counterintelligence agent who had studied Persian and carried out covert missions in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. But by mid-2013, Ms. Witt had become disillusioned with the government — why, exactly, remains a mystery — and had left the military. Thoughts of betrayal consumed her, federal prosecutors now say, until she finally acted on them at the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, where they say she “told all.”
  • Former Air Force Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying for Iran

    02/13/2019 9:26:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 80 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Feb 2019 | Adam Goldman
    A former United States Air Force counterintelligence agent was charged with espionage after she defected to Iran and helped it target her former colleagues, the authorities said. In an extraordinarily detailed indictment made public on Wednesday, prosecutors disclosed that Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, gave the Iranians the code name and mission of a secret Pentagon program involving American intelligence operations. According to the indictment, she was working with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The elite paramilitary group is known to carry out terrorist operations around the globe and has been sanctioned by the American government.
  • First female Viper demo team pilot removed from position after 2 weeks

    02/12/2019 1:25:45 PM PST · by DFG · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/12/2019 | Katherine Lam
    The first female pilot to head the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team was relieved of command Monday due to a “loss of confidence” in her ability to lead, the Air Force said. Capt. Zoe Kotnik was removed from her position after two weeks, Col. Derek O’Malley, the 20th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “I removed Capt. Kotnik from her position as the commander of the Viper Demo team [Monday], because I lost confidence in her ability to lead the team.” O’Malley said. “I know that loss of confidence is a common response from the Air Force,...
  • US Military Space Plane Wings Past 500 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

    01/29/2019 9:37:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Space.com ^ | anuary 29, 2019 07:18am ET | Leonard David
    The robotic drone is performing classified duties during the program’s fifth flight. The current mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) — was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. [The X-37B X-37B missions are carried out under the auspices of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, and mission control for OTV flights is handled by the 3rd Space ... gathering information on objects high above Earth and carrying out other intelligence-gathering duties. And that may be a signal as...
  • Once-mighty RAF is disintegrating: One-third of British warplanes not ready for prime time

    01/15/2019 12:54:52 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 31 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/15/19 | USA Features
    A report in British media is claiming that the Royal Air Force, which saved the country from Nazi invasion in 1940, is not ready for full-on combat should another war break out in Europe. The Daily Mirror reports that one-third of British RAF planes were either in storage or in maintenance as the air service celebrated its 100th year in existence. Quoting the Defense Ministry, the news site said that aircraft have been mothballed and taken out of front-line service for periods of time because they need repairs and upgrades.
  • Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief

    12/23/2018 11:22:27 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 84 replies
    Yahoo Noose ^ | December 23, 2018 | Associated Presstitutes, Concern Desk
    Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding in recent months. In a series of tweets, Trump appeared to questions why he had put Mattis in his Cabinet in the first place, and said deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary on Jan. 1 to cover the accelerated departure. The sudden change strips Mattis of any chance to further frame national security policy or...
  • Air Force study on EMP threat

    12/07/2018 6:03:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    Washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/5/2018 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. military facilities involved in command and control of forces face a growing risk of disruption by an electromagnetic pulse attack or solar superstorm that could knock out all electronics at the strategic bases, according to a report. The report by the Air Force Electromagnetic Defense Task Force, made up of civilian and military experts, also warns that EMP or geomagnetic disturbances could cause catastrophic damage and the loss of life in the United States. “Multiple adversaries are capable of executing a strategic attack that may black out major portions of a state’s grid,” the report said. “An EMP attack...
  • Game changer: U.S. Air Force fighters, drones, to fire lasers by early 2020s

    12/03/2018 10:11:11 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 21 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 12/3/18 | USA Features
    The U.S. military has been working to develop laser weapon technology in earnest since the 1990s, initially as a missile defense technology. And while that application certainly remains an objective of laser weapon design, the Pentagon has begun exploring new uses for the technology as advances are made. Hypersonic technology is a game-changing technology for ballistic missiles, but speed-of-light laser weaponry would negate hypersonics. If U.S. Air Force developers can miniaturize power production to the point where lasers on fighter planes become lethal enough to use in combat, their potential is substantial. For one, fighters would never ‘run out of...
  • China wants an air force that can defeat the U.S. ‘without actually fighting’

    11/30/2018 3:49:28 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 31 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 11/30/18 | USA Features
    China hopes to build a modern air force that is so powerful and advanced it can essentially “defeat” the U.S. Air Force “without actually fighting,” according to a new report. A study by the Project Air Force team at the Rand Corporation concludes that the objective of the Chinese air force is to become so powerful that it could crush U.S. air power if they ever had to fight. The study says that the Chinese could accomplish it by copying U.S. military capabilities and through self-innovation.
  • Canadian air force running short of pilots, jets: watchdog

    11/20/2018 12:50:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2018 | by David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA - The Canadian air force is increasingly running short of combat-capable fighter jets and pilots and government attempts to address the problem have only made it worse, the nation’s top watchdog said on Tuesday. The report is another blow to a decade-long, trouble-plagued attempt by successive administrations to replace Canada’s CF-18 jets, some of which have been flying for almost 40 years. “National Defence (defense ministry) has not done enough to manage risks related to Canada’s fighter aircraft fleet ... until a replacement fleet is in place.” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement that Ottawa would launch...
  • The Fog of War

    11/17/2018 10:04:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2018 | Adm James A. Lyons
    My op-ed on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the US Marine Beirut Barracks Bombing had generated a number of questions on the US Navy’s disastrous follow-on strike on 4 December, 1983 against two Syrian surface-to-air missile sites (SA-7) who were firing on our reconnaissance aircraft.  To set the record straight, here are the facts, but before I do, I want to express thanks to my many readers for the condolences sent on the untimely passing of my wife, Renee.  It was greatly appreciated.  Now to set the record straight. The term “Fog of War” normally applies to a military operation that did...
  • Pence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in space: ‘Peace comes through strength’

    10/24/2018 1:11:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 23, 2018 | Robert Costa
    Vice President Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying that the current ban on their use is “in the interest of every nation” but that the issue should be decided on “the principle that peace comes through strength.” The new positioning comes as the Trump administration moves to potentially exit a major nuclear weapons pact with Russia and possibly bolster U.S. military operations in the heavens by forming a “Space Force.” Pence argued that the Space Force is critical for U.S. national security as China and Russia expand their presence in...
  • Philippine Air Force set to acquire Gripen fighters

    10/20/2018 8:39:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Asia Times ^ | October 20, 2018 | Bertil Lintner|
    The air force has been looking for more than a decade for aircraft to replace its US-made F5A/B jet interceptors that retired in 2005 The Philippine government is likely to buy Swedish-made Gripen multirole supersonic fighters for its air force, the Philippine News Agency reports. Apart from being cheaper to purchase and less expensive to maintain, Gripen has also proved to be an excellent fighter aircraft, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the news agency in an exclusive interview this week. The Philippine Air Force has been looking for more than a decade for what aircraft it would buy to...
  • US cancels major military exercise with South Korea

    10/20/2018 4:20:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CNN Politics ^ | October 19, 2018 | Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
    The US and South Korea decided Friday to suspend another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea "every opportunity to continue." "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo decided to suspend Exercise Vigilant Ace to give the diplomatic process every opportunity to continue," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement. The decision was made during Mattis' meeting with his counterpart in Singapore. The exercise was due to take place in December. Last year's iteration of the Vigilant Ace involved 12,000 US troops and some 230 military aircraft...
  • X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 400 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

    10/19/2018 6:24:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.space.com ^ | October 18, 2018 07:30am ET | By Leonard David
    The latest mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane has now passed the 400-day mark . This mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) — was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The uncrewed space plane is carrying out secretive duties during the X-37B program's fifth flight. [The X-37B Space Plane: 6 Surprising Facts] Flight duration Each X-37B/OTV mission has set a new flight-duration record for the program: OTV-1 began April 22, 2010, and concluded on...
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Report: Thunderbirds pilot killed in crash lost consciousness in high-G maneuver

    10/16/2018 3:25:03 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    airforcetimes.com | Oct. 16, 2018 | Stephen Losey
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  • Boeing wins $2.4 billion contract to replace Air Force's aging iconic Huey choppers (abbr,)

    09/24/2018 7:15:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Amanda Macias |
    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service's aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America's nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.
  • Air Force enlisted chief: ‘Hybrid airmen’ needed to mitigate devastating war

    09/20/2018 7:58:02 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 14 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/20/18 | USA Features
    Air Force leaders, like the leaders of the other military branches, are moving to quickly adapt the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy, which calls for a military-wide reorientation away from low-intensity conflicts like those in Iraq and Afghanistan to refocus on fighting major wars against great power near-peer competitors. It’s important to note that other great powers such as Russia and China, along with regional powers like North Korea and Iran, have been studying the U.S. way of war for decades, and as such, they have developed tactics and strategies designed to exploit what they see as operational weaknesses should...
  • Air Force Chaplain Under Investigation For Blaming ‘Effeminate’ Gay Priests (trunc)

    09/10/2018 2:05:44 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 30 replies
    Task & Purpose ^ | 09/10/2018 | GINA HARKINS
    The Air Force is looking into comments a Catholic chaplain made at a base chapel in which he allegedly equated child abuse in the church with homosexuality, prompting one officer’s family to walk out of mass. Capt. Antonio Rigonan, an Air Force chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, said during an Aug. 19 service that many priests who’ve abused children were “homosexuals” and “effeminate,” according to a military officer’s spouse who attended that morning.