Tag: Force

‘Space Force’ sitcom starring Steve Carell landing on Netflix in May

Even as a global pandemic threatens our way of life, there still exist occasional moments that are not shrouded entirely in the impending doom of our species. Netflix graced the public with one such joyous rarity Wednesday when the media titan confirmed that Steve Carell’s newest workplace comedy, “Space Force,” would be available to stream starting May 29. The release of the 10-episode season, an obvious nod to President Donald Trump’s launch of the U.S. military’s newest branch, coincides with Netflix’s impending loss of Carell’s iconic sitcom, “The Office,” which is expected to move over to NBC’s soon-to-launch streaming platform, ... Read more

Head of Global Strike Command Wants to Make Air Force Bombers Even More Lethal

With planned cuts and retirements coming to the U.S. Air Force‘s bomber inventory, the head of Air Force Global Strike Command wants to make the remaining aircraft even more lethal in the future. The Air Force plans to have a total of 165 to 175 bombers in its inventory once the B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber comes online. Gen. Timothy Ray has advocated for a larger fleet — roughly 220 — but until the B-21 Raider enters service in the latter part of the 2020s or early 2030s, he wants to make sure the current bomber fleets have the capability ... Read more

Trump plans second coronavirus task force focused on the economy

President Trump is preparing to launch a second coronavirus task force focused on reviving the U.S. economy, which has been battered by the coronavirus, two administration officials tell Axios. Why it matters: There is growing energy within the West Wing to start easing people back to work by May 1. But some public health officials, including those on the coronavirus task force, have warned against doing so, raising concerns about reopening America too soon. What we’re hearing: The economic task force will include people from the private sector as well as top administration officials, some of whom also serve on ... Read more

Space Force announces its first pandemic-related launch delay

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the launch of a GPS III satellite — the first postponement tied to the virus for a military space mission, the U.S. Space Force said. The announcement Tuesday evening said the launch, previously planned for late April, would occur no earlier than June 30. The satellite is to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The decision was made to minimize the potential of coronavirus exposure to the launch crew and other personnel, officials said. “Rescheduling the launch is in the interest of national security,” Lt. ... Read more

US Space Force meeting mission demands despite coronavirus adjustments

Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond, on Tuesday said critical space missions are continuing even though the nation’s newest military service is taking “active measures” to protect personnel from the COVID-19. “In the face of COVID-19 we are continuing to provide the capabilities that are critical our American way of life,” Raymond said during an hour-long virtual appearance with Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “I’m very comfortable that we will continue to provide those capabilities without fail.” In additional to rigorously following federal guidelines to protect personnel from a virus for which there is ... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $167.5M for 48 LRASMs for Air Force

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $167.5 million contract this week to provide 48 Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles for the Air Force, according to the Department of Defense. The contract funds procurement of 48 LRASMs are long-range precision guided missiles designed to autonomously detect and engage enemy warships based on their image recognition, infrared, radar and other sensor profiles. In February, Lockheed was awarded $33.4 million as part of a cost reduction initiative in support of the LRASM program. Work on this contract will be performed at Lockheed’s worksite in Orlando, Fla., with an expected completion date of April 6, 2023. ... Read more

A-10 Makes Emergency Belly Landing at Moody Air Force Base

An A-10 Thunderbolt II made a belly landing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, after its pilot declared an in-flight emergency Tuesday during a routine training flight, according to the Air Force. The A-10C, assigned to the 75th Fighter Squadron at the base, touched down “without its landing gear extended,” officials with the 23rd Wing said in a news release. Photos of the mishap surfaced on the unofficial, but popular Air Force Facebook page Amn/Nco/Snco, showing the A-10 close-air support aircraft resting on its underside on the flight line as airmen and emergency crews responded to the incident. The pilot, ... Read more

Air Force sees small decline in suicides for the first quarter of this year compared to same point in 2019

The Air Force saw a small drop in total force suicides for the first quarter of 2020 when measured against this point of the year in 2019, according to the service. The Air Force reported a total of 34 Air Force personnel have died by suicide as of March 31, including 20 active duty airmen. That number is down from the 41 suicides the Air Force reported across the entire force the end of March last year, officials said. “Total Force suspected deaths by suicides are slightly lower this year than the same time period in 2019. It is too ... Read more

Bernie Might Be Losing the Democratic Primary, But He’s Still a Force To Be Reckoned With

Op-Ed berniesanders.com via Getty ImagesIn this webcast screen shot, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont talks about his plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic on March 17, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (berniesanders.com via Getty Images) Presidential hopeful and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders is losing the Democratic vote to former Vice President Joe Biden. Nonetheless, the Vermont senator remains convinced that he has the upper hand “ideologically” among voters. “While our campaign has won the ideological debate, we are losing the debate over electability,” Sanders said last month, following a massive blow to his campaign in recent primaries. ... Read more

All Military Moves Could Be Delayed Into July, says Air Force Chief of Staff

A global stop-movement order delaying all military moves into mid-May might be extended into July, the Air Force‘s top officer said this week. “My sense is that we’re probably going to see an extension of the stop movement for some period of time,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Monday during a Facebook live townhall. “I believe the SecDef is looking to make a decision on that either this week or next.” The Pentagon issued sweeping travel restrictions March 14 blocking all troops and their families from starting permanent change of station moves through May 11 as officials sought ... Read more