Pentagon says Chinese Jet Carried Out ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Dangerous’ Intercept of Navy Intelligence Jet

Su-27 flew within 20 feet of P-8 anti-submarine warfare jet in South China Sea
Chinese SU-27 fighter plane / AP

The Pentagon on Friday called a Chinese jet’s encounter with a U.S. anti-submarine warfare aircraft an “aggressive” and “dangerous” act and said it has protested the action with Beijing.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that the incident took place Tuesday in international airspace.

Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast

U.S. F-22, F-15 jets intercept four Bear H bombers near Alaska, Northern California
Russian TU-95 Bear H / AP

Four Russian strategic bombers conducted practice bombing runs near Alaska on Monday and two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft came within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.

U.S. Air Force Hit with Cheating Scandal in Nuke Missile Wing

Fourth F-35 Lightning II arrives at Nellis Air Force Base

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Air Force has suspended security clearances for 34 officers and is re-testing the entire force overseeing America’s nuclear-armed missiles after uncovering widespread cheating on a key proficiency exam.

Budget Deal Leaves Intact Vast Majority of Sequester Cuts

Military still faces billions in unfunded costs, pension cuts
AP

The recent budget deal proposed in Congress provides modest relief for a Department of Defense (DOD) that still faces hundreds of billions in unfunded costs and a shrinking, less prepared military.

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From the Archives: 459th Air Refueling Wing comes home
Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katie Spencer

“Get on the bus,” he screams. He stomps his feet and cups his hands around his mouth. “You get on the bus now.”

It’s a twilight zone scene, watching the 30-month-old boy ordering his father onto a school bus. The tarmac tamper tantrum is greeted with laughter from the crowd; tears well in his mother Heather’s eyes. If it was any place else she probably would have scolded him, but Elijah Vibar and his twin sister Laila are waiting to see their father, United States Air Force mechanic Mark Vibar, for the first time in four months.

He’s late.

The Nutty Professor

Air Force Academy hires feminist ideologue to teach course on gender
U.S. Air Force Academy / AP

A controversial professor who critics say is a feminist ideologue is instructing cadets at the United States Air Force Academy this year on gender issues as the military attempts to curb sexual assault.