Equipment & Modernization

Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The Air Force will make a decision soon about allowing enlisted airmen to pilot drone aircraft, according to Air Force Times. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the publication that the service is studying the issue and she will make a decision early... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) The KC-46 tanker flew for the first time Friday after delays pushed the milestone back about a year. The Boeing aircraft spent about four hours in the air while pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and environmental systems,... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The National Commission on the Future of the Army will soon focus on the issue of where to put the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters and one commissioner hopes it will find a "blended capability" solution, according to a report this week by Inside Defense.   The... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, received the inevitable question Friday about the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative when he addressed the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. The ARI would remove all AH-64... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has questions for Defense Secretary Ash Carter about two Air Force programs. In letters to the Pentagon boss, McCain has asked for explanations regarding delays in the KC-46A aerial... Read more
Washington Report (August 18, 2015) NGAUS testified before the National Commission on the Future of the Army Tuesday, submitting a point-by-point rebuttal to claims made in written testimony earlier this year by Army leaders.    "We believe some critical facts were missing from the testimony, which... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Gen. Mark A. Milley, who likely will be the next Army chief of staff, says he will eliminate the tension between the Army and the Army National Guard, which he says exists at the senior levels, but not in the field.   "I will work along with General Grass and... Read more
Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Retired Gen. Carter Ham, the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, said the issues facing the service are complex, but that all concerned have the nation's best interest in mind.   Ham spoke to the newspaper in Killeen, Texas, ahead of the... Read more
Washington Report (June 30. 2015) A government study loudly disputes the Air Force's arguments for retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The study from the Government Accountability Office released Thursday criticizes the Air Force's claim of cost savings and describes a close-air-support... Read more