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The Smaller, Older—But Busier—U.S. Air Force

The Smaller, Older—But Busier—U.S. Air Force

by Mackenzie Eaglen via 1945 An F-15E flies watch over the skies of Afghanistan July 30. The F-15 and crew are deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. “Divest to invest” is a slogan the Joint Chiefs use when touting their...

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Whether to Move the Weather Plane

Whether to Move the Weather Plane

by Col. Richard “Clem” Clement, USAF (Ret.) Sometime in 1963, President Kennedy needed to fly to South America. The date, though it needs to be confirmed, as the trip slipped a day, was about March 18, 1963. President...

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AFSOC’s Unique Array for Armed Overwatch Competition

AFSOC’s Unique Array for Armed Overwatch Competition

by Dan Goure via Real Clear Defense Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has a well-deserved reputation for innovative, one-off, and rapid acquisition programs. It has also pioneered the repurposing of commercial platforms and systems to get an 80 percent solution out...

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How We Get to Captain America-level Battle Speeds

How We Get to Captain America-level Battle Speeds

by Gen. David Allvin, U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff via Defense One In the season finale of the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the new Captain America, a former Air Force pararescueman, uses the fusion of perfect communications, flawless...

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Cost-Effective Long-Range Strike

Cost-Effective Long-Range Strike

by Col. Mark Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.), Lukas Autenreid and Bryan Clark via Air Force Magazine A notional formation of Air Force B-21 bombers fires AGM-183A hypersonic missiles over the Pacific Ocean. Illustration: Mike Tsukamoto/staff; USAF; Jonny...

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The Air Force’s new ABMS strategy: Buy new capability, now

The Air Force’s new ABMS strategy: Buy new capability, now

by Valerie Insinna via Defense News In fiscal 2021, Congress slashed funding for the Advanced Battle Management System, leaving only about half of the money requested by the Air Force for one of its top modernization priorities. For the Air Force, it was a...

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