The U.S. Air Force plans to deploy its F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets to battle the Islamic State in the Middle East within the next few years to give the American-led coalition a new edge over the terrorist group.
The top officer in the U.S. Air Force warned Thursday that if Congress again fails to pass a budget that fully funds the military, the service will face significant challenges in protecting the American homeland and sustaining ongoing missions.
President Donald Trump will name Heather Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, to the position of secretary of the U.S. Air Force, the White House announced Monday.
In 1937, the Army Air Corps “called for a twin-engine interceptor to pursue and destroy enemy aircraft at high altitude. It also called for a maximum level-altitude flight speed of at least 360 miles per hour and the ability to reach an altitude of 20,000 feet within six minutes. These were unheard-of performance goals at that time in aviation history, and they required the design of an advanced fighter in the truest sense of that phrase.”
Disabled Air Force veteran Clay Luthy was struggling to find work because he needed his service dog at his side until two months ago when a Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas hired him for a part-time job.
U.S. and Russian military jets reportedly had a close encounter in Syrian airspace several days ago.
American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission.
The Obama administration is forging a pathway for Iran to purchase American-made airliners that are likely to be converted for use in the Islamic Republic’s military, drawing concerns on Capitol Hill amid a flurry of recent attacks by Iranian-backed forces on U.S. military assets in the Middle East, according to conversations with lawmakers and fleet information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
The leaders of the four U.S. military services said Thursday that their forces will not be able to defend America if sequestration continues.
President Obama on Friday nominated Air Force Gen. John Hyten to be commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Hyten currently commands the Air Force Space Command.