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Rethinking Air Superiority Acquisition in the United States: How About Exports?
October 04, 2019

Rethinking Air Superiority Acquisition in the United States: How About Exports?

By Robert Farley
Can the U.S. rethink fighter acquisition in a way that makes sense for export markets?

Only 6 of 61 US Air Force B-1B Strategic Bombers Are Fully Combat-Ready
August 07, 2019

Only 6 of 61 US Air Force B-1B Strategic Bombers Are Fully Combat-Ready

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Merely six of the U.S. Air Force’s 61 B-1B bombers are fully mission-capable, according to a senior military officer.
Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare
February 19, 2019

Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare

By Robert Farley
A new account offers a devastating picture of what the attack looked like from the air.

Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile Reaches Early Operational Capability on US B-1B Bomber
December 20, 2018

Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile Reaches Early Operational Capability on US B-1B Bomber

By Franz-Stefan Gady
U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin has delivered the first set of Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles to the U.S. Air Force.

Nearly 10 Percent of the US F-22 Inventory Was Damaged or Destroyed in Hurricane Michael
October 15, 2018

Nearly 10 Percent of the US F-22 Inventory Was Damaged or Destroyed in Hurricane Michael

By Ankit Panda
The bulk of the damaged F-22s may be training units.

US B-52H Bombers and P-8A Sub-Hunting Aircraft Train Over East China Sea
August 06, 2018

US B-52H Bombers and P-8A Sub-Hunting Aircraft Train Over East China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Two U.S. bombers and two maritime patrol aircraft conducted a joint training mission over the East China Sea last week.

What’s at Stake for the US Air Force with an ‘Independent’ Space Force
July 14, 2018

What’s at Stake for the US Air Force with an ‘Independent’ Space Force

By Namrata Goswami
The idea of a Space Force versus a Space Corps or Space Guard means very different things for the USAF institutionally.
The US ‘Space Force’ and Its Implications
June 22, 2018

The US ‘Space Force’ and Its Implications

By Namrata Goswami
Trump’s proposed 'space force' responds to the quandary of how the US can best protect American assets in space.

US F-15 Fighters Can Now Fire New Stealthy Standoff Cruise Missile
February 15, 2018

US F-15 Fighters Can Now Fire New Stealthy Standoff Cruise Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The USAF declared full operational capability for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range on the F-15E.

US Air Force's New Stealth Bomber to Replace B-1Bs and B-2s
February 14, 2018

US Air Force's New Stealth Bomber to Replace B-1Bs and B-2s

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Air Force plans to mothball B-1Bs and B-2s as the service is shifting funds for its new B-21 stealth bomber.

What Does the Latest F-35 Data Breach Teach Us About Defense Industrial Espionage?
October 20, 2017

What Does the Latest F-35 Data Breach Teach Us About Defense Industrial Espionage?

By Robert Farley
Autarky has its merits. If partners don't have your unclassified data, it can't be taken from them.
US, Japan, South Korea Conduct Nighttime Air Exercise
October 13, 2017

US, Japan, South Korea Conduct Nighttime Air Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
US strategic bombers for the first time carried out a nighttime training mission with Japanese, ROK fighter Jets near Sea of Japan.

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