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As the US Air Force Turns Its Focus to Space, This Small Team Could Lead the Way

6:50 PM ET KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “I believe we will be fighting in space in the next 10 years,” Gen. David Goldfein warns the dozen-or-so Air Force officers gathered in a conference room here. What’s more, the fighter pilot-turned-chief of staff says, “Space superiority is going to be central to...

Autonomy is the new cyber; Dubai Air Show wrap-up; Raytheon and Saab to collaborate; and more.

November 16, 2017 Look out, cyber — the defense world has a new favorite buzzword. “I feel a little bit like over the next couple of years autonomy is going to be a little bit like that word cyber,” said Chris Raymond, who leads the Autonomous Systems division of Boeing’s defense business. “There...

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Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

November 16, 2017 KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Design work is barely underway for the U.S. Air Force’s new ICBMs and nuclear cruise missiles, and already the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed up the process. Less than three months after the Pentagon awarded contracts to begin designing crucial...

US Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

November 15, 2017 KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Design work is barely underway for the U.S. Air Force’s new ICBMs and nuclear cruise missiles, and already the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed up the process. Less than three months after the Pentagon awarded contracts to begin designing crucial...

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Can Two Nuclear Powers Fight a Conventional War?

November 10, 2017 As the U.S. military reviews the makeup of its nuclear arsenal, among the questions being asked is: Can two nuclear powers fight a conventional war without going nuclear? Just last week, this scenario was among the mock battles when U.S. Strategic Command ran its annual Global Thunder nuclear wargame, Army...

Can Two Nuclear Powers Fight a Conventional War?

November 9, 2017 As the U.S. military reviews the makeup of its nuclear arsenal, among the questions being asked is: Can two nuclear powers fight a conventional war without going nuclear? Just last week, this scenario was among the mock battles when U.S. Strategic Command ran its annual Global Thunder nuclear wargame, Army...

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A Short-Staffed U.S. Air Force Wants Robots to Do More Human Jobs

November 9, 2017 KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Filling the fuel tank of a B-2 stealth bomber is a group effort; the task involves pilots, maintainers, logisticians — not to mention fuel specialists. Gen. David Goldfein wants to know: can the Air Force give some of that work to machines, as airlines...

USAF’s Goldfein has 3 questions for the defense industry; missile defense spending to spike; readying for Dubai, and more.

November 9, 2017 Gen. Dave Goldfein has three questions when defense firms pitch him new weapons: Does it share? Does it connect? Does it learn? The Air Force chief of staff added that last one rather recently. As he walked around the exhibits at the Air Force Association’s annual convention in September, Goldfein...

A Short-Staffed US Air Force Wants Robots to Do More Human Jobs

November 8, 2017 KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Filling the fuel tank of a B-2 stealth bomber is a group effort; the task involves pilots, maintainers, logisticians — not to mention fuel specialists. Gen. David Goldfein wants to know: can the Air Force give some of that work to machines, as airlines...

The Budget Edition: Countdown to Dec. 8, nuke spending, rocket motors, and a lot more.

November 2, 2017 Thirty-six. That’s the number of days until Dec. 8, when the current government funding measure, known as the continuing resolution, runs out. Is it panic time yet? Remember the fiscal cliff of 2012? I spent the last day of the year in a Manhattan sushi joint checking my phone and...