The Air Force is looking at how it assesses its officers to fit its needs with 21st century demands.
National Guard units were activated in several East Coast states over the weekend to help with the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
The Air Force is looking for creative ways to free up airmens’ time to focus on their primary missions — and spend time with their families. The latest idea is to cut back on the amount of mandatory computer-based training airmen have to endure.
Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso says that the biggest challenge in the already complex problem of developing the Air Force’s cyber workforce is the civilian portion. That’s because the federal government isn’t quite sure who is or isn’t cyber personnel.
The Defense Department’s failing space acquisitions are getting attention from lawmakers.
DoD shuffled some funds around this summer to give some IC cyber projects a funding bump.
The Air Force says it’s ready to start training at least some of its enlisted members to fly aircraft. Classes are set to begin next month, and the graduates would be the first enlisted pilots in the Air Force’s 69-year history.
Beyond the headlines involving a new name for the B-21 long-range strike bomber, a doubling of the Air Force’s drone pilots and several new initiatives by the new chief of staff, there was an abundance of lesser-noticed news during the three days of events at the Air Force Association’s annual conference.
Bonuses for military pilots have not risen since 1999 and it may be hurting retention rates, since commercial airlines offer higher pay.
The Air Force is setting up three teams to look at squadrons, joint training and technology.
The Air Force is set to begin training some of its enlisted members to fly aircraft next month — the first time it’s done so since it became a separate military service in 1947.
The Government Accountability Office is not convinced that getting rid of a 40-year-old fighter jet is as good an idea as the Air Force seems to think.
The military service chiefs say continuing resolutions are keeping them from planning ahead and costing them money.
The Pentagon’s acting inspector general tells Congress budget shortfalls are to blame for delays in investigating whistleblower reprisal claims. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on Pentagon Solutions that the investigations took an average of about 300 days last year — much longer than the guidelines in federal law.
The Defense Department has a byzantine process that’s meant to ensure it only acquires what it really needs. But there’s no comparable set of guardrails to make sure it doesn’t get rid of things it does need. That’s one conclusion of auditors at the Government Accountability Office. They fault the Air Force for not doing enough homework before it proposed to get rid of the A-10 fighter. John Pendleton, director of Defense capability and management issues at GAO, told Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu the Air Force didn’t adequately account for all the missions the A-10 performs, before it decided to ground it.