12:31 PM, Apr 10, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Travis J. Tritten of Stars and Stripes reports that:
The Air Force general who told airmen that speaking to Congress about plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt amounts to treason has left his command position and been reprimanded, the Air Combat Command said Friday.
The A-10 “Warthog” is controversial. A vulnerable antique according to some; an invaluable close-air support asset, in the minds of others. The general has apologized for his “poor choice of words,” saying that:
“It was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone’s access to their elected officials.”
But they shoot people for treason, don’t they? Seems like that is a discouraging prospect.
Happily, the Air Force has failed again in its crusade to kill off a great plane Jan 26, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 19 • By JONATHAN FOREMAN
This December saw the climax of one of the more peculiar conflicts in Washington. It was a battle over an Air Force plane. But it was not one of those standard-issue Washington procurement battles in which congressional bean counters seek to kill off a hugely expensive project that the relevant military branch insists is vital for American security. It was almost the opposite: The politicians were trying to save a weapon system, and the service brass, together with one of America’s aerospace giants, were trying to get rid of it.
5:59 PM, May 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The fight to keep the A-10 flying continues and those who believe in the ugly bird saw their high opinion of it validated recently when, as David Axe of War Is Boring writes:
8:46 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The A-10 has been designated for retirement in the Pentagon’s quest to downsize. (Not for the first time, either.) According to the plans under review, those few hundred copies still in service will be decommissioned and, presumably, shipped of to some boneyard. Or, perhaps, cut up for scrap. Whatever the fate of the planes, themselves, their mission of close air support of ground troops will not soon go away. Which has led to a campaign to save the A-10 by those who believe in the plane and even love it, in spite of (or, perhaps, because of) its looks and its name – Warthog.
12:18 PM, Feb 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Swiss airforce only works during normal business hours. And don't expect it to react between noon and 1:30 -- that's lunch time.
These revelations come after a hijacked commecrial airplane entered Swiss air space.
3:26 PM, Oct 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Air Force and Naval academies will play as scheduled this weekend. However, overseas military personnel accustomed to getting their football on Armed Forces Network will not be able to watch.
7:17 AM, Oct 3, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The partial federal government shutdown is certainly serving to illuminate the stark divide between what everyday Americans care about—being free to visit monuments to American heroes on the National Mall, watching the Air Force-Navy football game—and what the modern Democratic party cares about—forcing other people to buy health insurance against their will.
In the Air Force.2:25 PM, Jul 26, 2013 • By MACKENZIE EAGLEN
As the sequester sinks in and starts to hit the U.S. military, many have focused on the impact of unpaid furlough days for civilians, air shows grounded, and fireworks foregone.
12:10 PM, Jun 27, 2012 • By MICHAEL AUSLIN
Colorado's wildfire has exploded into an "epic firestorm," in the words of Colorado Springs fire chief Richard Brown. Over 30,000 people have evacuated, and already hundreds of homes have been consumed. Ironically, the U.S. Air Force Academy has also been evacuated, at the very time that Colorado desperately needs more Air Force C-130s to fight the massive fire.
4:24 PM, Feb 16, 2012 • By RICHARD CLEARY and THOMAS DONNELLY
The $489 billion cut to defense budgets engineered by Barack Obama — as well as the played-for-fool Republican accomplices on Capitol Hill — won't just mean less American military power. These cuts have significant consequences for America's allies, as well.
1:33 PM, Dec 13, 2011 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper is reporting that the Japanese government is close to settling on the F-35 Lightning as the much-needed replacement for its F-15 fighter. That’s exceptionally good news for a program that’s both key to preserving American military preeminence and at a lot of risk due to prospective deep defense budget cuts. Indeed, Japan’s decision may actually complicate the Pentagon’s challenges in meeting the targets laid out by the Budget Control Act, Obama administration po
9:06 PM, Oct 1, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In Annapolis today, Air Force and Navy met on “the fields of friendly strife.” With 10:00 left in the game, Air Force led 28-10, having more or less dominated play for the first 50 minutes. With 2:09 left, the Falcons still led 28-17. Then Navy nailed a must-make 37-yard field goal, recovered the ensuing onside kick, scored a touchdown on 3rd-and-goal with 0:19 left, and made the subsequent 2-point conversion on an option pitch just inside the left pylon: 28-28, overtime.
2:39 PM, Sep 15, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At the Daily Beast, Eli Lake reports on a House investigation into whether the Obama administration tried to pressure an Air Force general to change his congressional testimony to help a major campaign donor: