The Air Force had previously predicted it would be fully ready for high-end conflict by 2025. That date keeps slipping because its pilots and planes are busy in the Middle East.
The Obama administration nominated Gen. David Goldfein to take over Air Force chief of staff after Gen. Mark Welsh’s exit.
The Air Force is down 4,000 maintainers and it won’t see them in full force for quite some time.
The Senate confirmed a new head of the Navy’s Fleet Cyber Command and new chief of staff of the Air Force.
The United States is hiring contractors to maintain aircraft in Afghanistan to keep the number of deployed troops lower.
To help with retention rates, the Air Force is eliminating some additional duties from airmen’s responsibilities.
The Air Force said Wednesday that it would begin offering retention bonuses of up to $35,000 to entice its unmanned aircraft pilots to stay in the military as part of an ongoing “get-well” plan for a workforce that’s been stretched extremely thin.
Air Force senior leaders routinely point out that their service is the busiest it’s been in decades. They’ve now decided to partially compensate by scaling back duties that aren’t exactly core warfighting functions.
The military service chiefs say continuing resolutions are keeping them from planning ahead and costing them money.
The Air Force is setting up three teams to look at squadrons, joint training and technology.