Author Jeff Schogol

In this week’s Air Force Times: The Air Force continues to struggle with the role of religion in the military.  The new head of the Defense Information Systems Agency recently gave a presentation at his first commander’s call that told airmen to “Always put God first, and stay within His will.” This comes after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz issued a memo in September warning service leaders to avoid even the appearance of proselytize. “My intervention on this issue related to the very special relationship that commanders have with their subordinates,” Schwartz said at last week’s Air…

In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read about what is buried in the service’s budget for next fiscal year, which plans to cut 9,900 airmen. The Air Force has budgeted money for a reduction-in-force board to separate 388 officers, but a top service official says the Air Force isn’t planning any RIF or Selective Early Retirement Boards in fiscal 2013. Meanwhile, airmen should expect to spend more time in classrooms and less time actually flying. The proposed budget would axe $38.4 million for pilot training, translating into 24,000 fewer flying hours next fiscal year. The proposed spending cuts…

In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read about what is buried in the service’s budget for next fiscal year, which plans to cut 9,900 airmen. The Air Force has budgeted money for a reduction-in-force board to separate 388 officers, but a top service official says the Air Force isn’t planning any RIF or Selective Early Retirement Boards in fiscal 2013. Meanwhile, airmen should expect to spend more time in classrooms and less time actually flying. The proposed budget would axe $38.4 million for pilot training, translating into 24,000 fewer flying hours next fiscal year. The proposed spending cuts…

The Pentagon is pushing back on a media report that it is looking into its options for a military strike in Syria if called upon by the president. For months, Syria has been racked with violence as forces loyal to the government clash with anti-regime protesters. President Obama has called upon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, but he has also stressed the importance of resolving the issue through diplomacy instead of military intervention. But on Tuesday, CNN reported that the U.S. military has begun a review of what capabilities it could bring to bear on Syria should the…

An unmanned surveillance drone crashed in Kandahar province earlier this week, according to NATO’s joint command in Afghanistan. The command did not identify what type of drone was involved in the crash, which took place on Jan. 30. There were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time. “Initial reporting indicated the crash was a result of mechanical failure,” the command said in a statement. “The UAV was recovered without incident and the crash is still being investigated.” Last year, a CIA stealth drone crashed in Iran largely intact. The U.S. government claimed the pilots lost control…

An unmanned surveillance drone crashed in Kandahar province earlier this week, according to NATO’s joint command in Afghanistan. The command did not identify what type of drone was involved in the crash, which took place on Jan. 30. There were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time. “Initial reporting indicated the crash was a result of mechanical failure,” the command said in a statement. “The UAV was recovered without incident and the crash is still being investigated.” Last year, a CIA stealth drone crashed in Iran largely intact. The U.S. government claimed the pilots lost control…

All but a handful of U.S. troops have left Iraq, but the mission to train the Iraqi military is continuing in Tucson, Ariz., where Iraqis will learn how to fly F-16s. Saddam Hussein’s once formidable air force was obliterated in the course of two wars against the United States. Those fighters that were not destroyed were either buried in sand and thus made inoperable or sent to Iran and Serbia. Now Iraq plans to purchase 18 F-16 fighters so that it can protect its own airspace, which had been controlled by the U.S. military for most of the latest Iraq…

Earlier this week, several reporters who cover national security and defense issues as well as security experts found that their Twitter accounts had been hacked and were sending spam. Those affected received direct messages from trusted sources that said, “See what bad things have been said about you,” along with a link. Typically, scams such as this one work by sending the victim to a phishing site meant to look like a Twitter page that asks you to enter your password so that the phisher can send out the messages on your behalf, according to Twitter. Flightlines was unable to…

If you’re flying home via Iraq, you may run into some delays as the Air Force works to refine the process of asking Iraq for clearance to fly through its airspace. Respected military blogger C.J. Grisham told Flightlines that some troops are stuck in Kuwait because Iraq refused to allow their flight to pass through its airspace. Some quick checking revealed that Iraq has not closed its airspace to U.S. military aircraft, but it is making the Air Force jump through a few new hoops now that all U.S. troops have left the country. With the end of Operation New…

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