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.
Some A-10 advocates believe that its ungainly lines are repellant to elements in the Air Force that believe an airplane should look, by God, like an airplane. Like an F-16 or the next-generation F-35. Comparing the A-10 to these is like lining a garbage truck up against a Ferrari. But looks aren’t everything and elements in the Air Force that want to see the A-10 retired argue that they have nothing to do with the plan to retire the bird. That other planes can do the close-air support job, and others as well. And that the Air Force both needs new planes and must get by on fewer planes.
Congress, however, is concerned. As Christopher Harress of IBT reports
The A-10 retirement has been met with protest from lawmakers, who believe the A-10 could have continued until 2028 and still offers a cost-effective option for the Air National Guard. If it is retired, the first base hit would be Idaho’s Air National Guard, which will move to using F-15E aircrafts instead.
Additional A-10 cuts will see Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; Osan Air Base, South Korea and Egin Air Force Base, Fla., giving up the aircraft.
Let’s see. Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, and Korea.
Is Korea a red state or a blue state?
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:
1:47 PM, Feb 28, 2011 • By GARY SCHMITT and THOMAS DONNELLY
Perhaps it was inevitable. After ten years of contentious wrangling and with tens of billions of dollars going to the winner of the competition to build the U.S. Air Force's next fleet of tankers, no matter who won there would be recriminations and charges that the fix was in.
“Our only friend right now is Hugo Chávez.”9:00 AM, Feb 17, 2011 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
Shortly after Argentine foreign minister Héctor Timerman accused the United States of operating torture schools, his government decided to trigger a genuine crisis in bilateral relations.
Put MEADS out of its misery.11:35 AM, Dec 29, 2010 • By GARY SCHMITT
For those of us who have been arguing against cutting the U.S. defense budget and, indeed, arguing instead that it’s too low as is, we’re used to our critics saying that we never have met a defense expenditure we don’t like, that we have no ideas for how defense monies can be better utilized, or that we never seem to find a program that ought to be cut.
9:00 AM, Dec 9, 2010 • By MICHAEL AUSLIN
After years of ignoring North Korean aggression and provocations, the South Korean government has stated that any future attacks will result in war on the peninsula. In such a crisis as happening now on the Korean peninsula, one assumes the political and military leadership of the United States would deploy its most sophisticated weapons to the Korean peninsula, both as a warning to Pyongyang and as a capable force to defend against any further aggression in support of our South Korean allies. Yet what was missing from the joint military exercises last week between the U.S. and South Korean navies, in which the U.S.S. George Washington aircraft carrier and several American guided missile destroyers and cruisers joined several Korean ships? The answer: America’s most capable attack fighter, the 5th generation stealthy F-22 Raptor.