Fighter fleet is strained — and bill is coming due, ACC chief says

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force’s array of 48 fighter squadrons and nine attack squadrons are today being asked to do the work of 60 squadrons, the head of Air Combat Command said Wednesday. This is stretching the fighter fleet thin, ACC head Gen. Mark Kelly said in a keynote address at the Air … Read more

Senators seek $2B Space Force budget boost for missile defense, responsive launch

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WASHINGTON — Senate lawmakers want to boost the Space Force’s budget by more than $2 billion to support missile warning satellite development, responsive launch capabilities and improved testing and training infrastructure. The proposed increase comes as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $792 billion spending package for fiscal 2023, released July 28. The bill calls … Read more

Two sailors injured after engine room fire starts on ship during Pacific exercise

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HONOLULU — An unidentified ship participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific naval exercise in Hawaii suffered a fire in its engine room, and two sailors were flown ashore for medical treatment, an exercise spokesman said. “At approximately 8 am [Hawaii Standard Time] this morning, the Rim of the Pacific watch floor received reports … Read more

Pentagon’s secret JADC2 plan ‘evolving,’ official says, as lawmakers seek audit

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MCLEAN, Va.—The Pentagon’s implementation plan for its military communications and data-sharing overhaul is a “living document” that will be amended as advances are made and the spectrum of threats worldwide changes, according to an acquisitions official. The classified plan for Joint All-Domain Command and Control, signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks in March, … Read more

Navy offers cash for tips to sixteen Mideast drugs, weapons

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The US Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet is starting to offer rewards for information that could help sailors intercept weapons, drugs and other illicit shipments across the region amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s arming of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. While avoiding directly mentioning Iran, the 5th Fleet’s decision to … Read more

Navy offers cash for tips to sixteen Mideast drugs, weapons

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The US Navy’s Mideast-based 5th Fleet is starting to offer rewards for information that could help sailors intercept weapons, drugs and other illicit shipments across the region amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s arming of Yemen’s Houthi rebels. While avoiding directly mentioning Iran, the 5th Fleet’s decision to … Read more