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Air Force Wants to Get New Nuclear Weapons Faster

Just months into the first development contracts, the service’s top general is looking for ways to speed things up.

Can Two Nuclear Powers Fight a Conventional War?

The Pentagon just wargamed that scenario as part of its effort to determine what it needs for 21st-century deterrence.

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

The service’s top general says new systems, from bombs to buildings, must be able to think, share, and learn.

Air Force Chief Helps Young Airman Locate Family In Puerto Rico

After going a month without hearing from his hurricane-stricken family, Sr. Airman Malcom Soto-Gonzalez got a hand from an unexpected source.

U.S. Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War.

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

Previously unreported Pentagon data shows how much the average U.S. taxpayer has paid for combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Syria.

Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

Some of Pyongyang's surface-to-air missiles are old, but its newer ones could threaten American aircraft.

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.

In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

Defense Secretary Mattis touts "a growing relationship built on trust and respect" between the U.S. and Mexican militaries.

At U.S. Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

But the Defense chief stopped short of endorsing all types of new nuclear weapons in development.

Here’s How the Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

Predictive algorithms, deep machine learning, directed energy, and more are all on the Pentagon’s shopping list.

As Trump and Putin Met, US and UK Defense Chiefs Discussed Ways to Deter Russia

While one part of Trump’s executive branch looks to improve relations with Moscow, another prepares for the worst.

Former Pentagon Money Man to Oversee Defense of NATO Computer Networks

Kevin Scheid returns to the alliance as members eye spending increases to pay for cyber projects and traditional weapons.

Departing Air Force Undersecretary Warns of Budget Uncertainty

Lisa Disbrow says the Air Force needs stable funding to better connect its planes, protect its satellites and buy more aircraft.

New Air Force Secretary Sounds a Lot Like the Old One

In her first Washington event, Heather Wilson says the service needs new planes, faster.

Navy Sends Congress $5.3B Wishlist of Planes, Ships and More

The 48-item ‘unfunded priorities list’ arrived a week after the service’s $172 billion budget request for 2018.

Stinger Missiles Can Now Shoot Down Small Drones

A missile that gained notoriety in the 1980s has been updated for today’s battlefield.

Pentagon Wants to Get Started on New Air Force Two and Doomsday Planes

The aging C-32 and E-4B may be replaced by similar aircraft, or at least with planes that share some gear.

NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan

The bump could come with more alliance responsibility for fighting ISIS in Iraq.

The Pentagon’s New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS

Turning hours of drone video into actionable intelligence is just the start for the fast-moving machine-learning team.

U.S. Hits Syrian Airbase With Scores of Cruise Missiles

A retaliation for the Assad regime's April 4 use of chemical weapons, the strike deepens the U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war.

Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

Patrick Shanahan’s missile-defense background could prove important in a Trump administration.

Chinese Military Officers Crash U.S. Air Force Conference in Florida

The three officers, armed with cameras, took a stroll around an exhibit hall of new weapons and technology.

Air Force Wants to Test a Laser on an Attack Plane Within A Year

But the U.S. Special Operations Command still needs money for the test and policymakers need to figure out the rules of engagement.

Sikorsky Pitches Area 51 Security Helicopters to Guard ICBMs

Company executives say it’s the most efficient way for the Air Force to replace its half-century-old Hueys.

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