Defense

Troubled KC-46 Tankers Cleared for Limited Ops, Air Force Says

The decision will free up older aerial refuelers needed overseas. But the KC-46 still can gas up only some warplanes and needs more testing and new technology.

The Day Private Willie Mays Threw Out My Dad

Two lives intersect in a story of baseball, military service, and American society in the Korean War era.

Antitrust Regulators Extend Review of Lockheed’s Proposed Purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne

The announcement comes the day after Raytheon’s CEO said his firm would challenge the deal.

One-Third of US Troops Are Refusing the COVID Vaccine. History May Help Explain Why

After botching anthrax shots decades ago, the Pentagon’s hands are tied. Only the president can order troops to take new vaccines.

New Plane Key to Special Ops Vision for Africa, General Says 

Air Force Special Operations Command is planning flight demonstrations in coming months.

Biden: ‘I Will Never Politicize’ US Troops

Biden also announced a new Pentagon-led review of military strategy towards China.

The Military Wants To Produce Water From Air. Here’s the Science Behind It

The key is the right combination of elements in porous crystal structures, and the AI-powered search is on.

Biden Extends Ban on Turkey Buying F-35 Stealth Fighter

Pentagon spokesman urges Ankara “not to retain” an advanced Russian air-defense system.

Hicks Warns Against ‘Extreme Consolidation’ in Defense Industry

Kathleen Hicks, President Biden's pick to be deputy defense secretary, cruised through her confirmation confirmation hearing.

Intel Agency Worker Pushed His Own Drone Company, Report Details

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency inspector general found one of its employees accessed classified and proprietary data, trying to cheat competitors.

Air Force Hunts for Ways to Use Not-Quite-Ready Tankers

We’re “making lemonade out of lemons,” Air Mobility Command says.

Lockheed Overtakes Boeing as Largest US Aerospace and Defense Firm

Boeing, which saw no defense revenue growth last year, takes another financial hit from the tanker program.

US Flies B-52 Bomber To Gulf In Show of Force Against Iran

“We were also thinking…'Would they try to test the U.S. military in the early days of the new administration?'”

What Happens to the Space Force Now?

President Biden is inheriting one of Trump’s pet projects.