18 May 2020

Air Force Leaders Fret As Another Satellite Maker Declares Bankruptcy

Intelsat announced last Wednesday during a press release that it was declaring bankruptcy, becoming the second major satellite company to file for bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was met with concern from the US Air Force’s chief acquisitions executive, Will Roper, who stated that the cash flow into

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08 Apr 2020

Pentagon Seeks Innovative Commercial Tech to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

On behalf of the Defense Department, the US Air Force has announced that it is seeking innovative commercial technology and research that could help navigate the national crisis that the COVID-10 pandemic poses. The Air Force Aquisition COVID-19 Task Force on April 6 released a solicitation for new technologies. The

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30 Mar 2020

Air Force Seeks Partnerships to Produce Space Innovations and Base of the Future

AFWERX, the Air Force’s innovation startup, has announced that it is accepting submissions for nine new projects meant to further space developments and technology. This represents its biggest call for solutions to date. The initiatives, Base of the Future and the Space initiative, encompass five challenge areas and four respectively.

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10 Feb 2020

Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

On Saturday, two American service members were killed and six other US military personnel were wounded in eastern Afghanistan after an incident with an Afghan soldier. The attack occurred in the Nangarhar province where the US and Afghan forces have been working together to combat the Taliban and Islamic State

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20 Nov 2019

Air Force hires Trueface for facial recognition on bases

The US Air Force has signed a deal with Trueface, a facial recognition software company, to provide the Air Force with license plate recognition, weapons detection, and facial recognition services. Trueface describes the three levels of facial recognition: the first is used on your phone for FaceID and is relatively

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22 Oct 2018

Taliban Assassins threaten multibillion-dollar US efforts to keep Afghan airmen flying

The Taliban is training assassins and using them to target Afghanistan’s tiny number of trained airmen, personnel that are of great importance to Afghanistan’s counter-Taliban efforts and that have been trained at great cost to the U.S. The U.S. is currently spending $11.4 billion dollars to modernize the Afghani Air

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10 Oct 2018

Mattis orders fighter jet readiness to jump to 80 percent — in one year

“Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered the Air Force and Navy to get mission capable rates for four key tactical aircraft up above 80 percent by the end of next September, a daunting challenge given the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets. In a memo issued Sept. 17

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16 Jul 2018

Why an unmanned fighter fleet isn’t yet viable, in the words of Britain’s Air Force chief

UK Air Chief Marshal has explained the lack of unmanned fighter aircraft, stating that, while technology has progressed tremendously in certain areas, it has not filled the gap “in terms of the manned combat air mission operating in contested, high-intensity airspace against demanding threats.” Technology has not yet created a

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03 Jul 2018

Most of Germany’s Air Force not combat ready

In 2015, private sources indicated that only four of Germany’s 128 Eurofighters were combat ready. Now, the new chief of the force said it has “at a low point,” with most of its aircraft grounded due to a lack of spare parts or for lengthy maintenance. The leader cited the

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