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5 Unanswered Questions About Space Force

As Pentagon leaders plan changes to the U.S. military’s orbital-operations organizations, analysts wonder whether they have done all their homework.

Pentagon Delays Space Force Report

The day after Defense One published details from an 11th-hour draft of the much-anticipated report, the Pentagon has delayed its release.

Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force — Even Before Congress Approves It

Within months, Defense will start standing up a new combatant command, a new space-procurement agency, and a new Space Operations Force.

After Crash, Air Force Ends Test Flights of Light-Attack Planes Vying for Contract

Weeks after a Naval aviator was killed in a Super Tucano, Air Force leaders say the competition is back on for propellor-plane key to the Afghanistan war.

The Air Force Is Waiting a Year for Parts That It Could 3D-Print

Its chief weapons buyer is mulling licensing arrangements to allow third-party manufacture.

The Air Force Is Waiting a Year for Parts That It Could 3D-Print

Its chief weapons buyer is mulling licensing arrangements to allow third-party manufacture.

The Air Force Is Adding Algorithms to Predict When Planes Will Break

The airlines already use predictive maintenance technology. Now the service’s materiel chief says it’s a “must-do for us.”

Air Force: Recent String of Crashes Isn’t a Crisis

But it will stand down every flying wing for one day to look for trends in the mishaps that claimed the lives of 18 airmen.

Pentagon May Create a Combatant Command for Space

The Defense Department is also looking at major changes to speed up how it buys satellites.

How to Grow the Military Without Buying More Ships, Planes, Tanks

Pentagon leaders want to shorten the time spent on overhauls, keeping the weapons more available to fight.

Trump Said He Cut $1B from Air Force One’s Price. His New Budget Says He Hasn’t

The Pentagon's budget request sent to Congress on Monday still projects two new Air Force One jetliners costing $4 billion.

Pentagon Confirms It’s Developing Nuclear Cruise Missile to Counter a Similar Russian One

The new Nuclear Posture Review nods to North Korea, China, and Iran but devotes most of its time to Russian threats and U.S. deterrence.

Qatar Wants to Host U.S. Ships, Expand Air Base For American Families

Amid the Saudi-led blockade, the Qatari defense minister came to Washington seeking deeper ties with U.S.

Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

While the ICBMs, bombers, submarines and cruise missiles get lots of attention, the network connecting them also needs updating.

Navy: More Ships, Tech, Training, Could Help Prevent Collisions at Sea

The comments come as the Pentagon prepares to submit a budget plan expected to call for increases in the size of the military.

Will Pakistan Close NATO’s Supply Routes into Afghanistan? Mattis Plays Down Possibility

‘I’m not concerned,’ the defense secretary tells reporters after the White House announced an intention to suspend military aid to Islamabad.

Congress Rushes Pentagon $4B for Missile Defense Improvements

The emergency bill is light on details, but it appears to fulfill the military’s wide-ranging November request.

The Pentagon’s New Artificial Intelligence Is Already Hunting Terrorists

After less than eight months of development, the algorithms are helping intel analysts exploit video over the battlefield.

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.

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