Air Force

  • Air Force to cut IT costs by 25 percent

    IT consolidation and efficiency efforts within the Air Force are part of the service’s contribution to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ efficiency initiative, Air Force Secretary Mike Donley said Wednesday. He expects to shave more than $1 billion from the service’s IT expenses.

  • Air Force advisor gives tips for working with private sector

    This week on Federal Security Spotlight host Tom Temin talks to Riley Repko, the senior advisor for cybersecurity to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Requirements at the Air Force. December 30, 2010

  • Air Force develops remote health sensors

    The Battlefield Automatic Life Status Monitor is a new technology that would allow soldiers to be monitored remotely

  • Air Force ban of thumb drives is temporary WikiLeaks solution

    Information Security reports that a security expert says the Air Force ban of thumb drives will not solve the problem of how to prevent classified leaks, such as in the WikiLeaks incident.

  • Congress approves defense budget

    Congress has authorized the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no major restrictions on the conduct of operations. This year’s approved legislation includes $725 billion in defense programs, including $158.7 billion for overseas combat. Among its numerous provisions is a 1.4 percent pay raise for troops and a guarantee that children of service members can stay covered under the military’s TRICARE health care program until they are 26 years of age.

  • Air Force releases target price for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    Aviation Week reports the target price for the jet is $109.4 – $142 million per plane.

  • Will Air Force block of websites plug the WikiLeaks?

    Fidelis Security’s Kurt Bertone explains whether the Air Force’s block of the New York Times and other sites will stop future WikiLeaks leaks.

  • The Air Force strikes back

    There are consequences to posting those Wikileaks documents. The Air Force has blocked access on its network to more than two dozen media outlets who have posted them. The Pentagon has warned personnel not to go to the Wikileaks site, but this takes it a step further. Meaning, US Air Force personnel will not be able to get to those sites from their military networks. Among those blocked are the Guardian and the New York Times.

  • Video Game Consoles Make Up Green Supercomputer

    High-resolution computer systems capable of networking around the world are being used by researchers at the Air Force Research Lab to build a new supercomputer. It holds the distinction of being one of the cheapest – and one of the greenest – supercomputers in the world because the systems being used are Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles – over 17-hundred of them.

    It’s called the Condor Cluster project and it’s being built entirely from off-the-shelf commercial components. Its creators say it could change the supercomputing landscape.

    The system is capable of making 500 trillion calculations per second — and represents new ways for supercomputers to increase computational resources while using less energy. The Condor is currently considered the seventh-greenest computer in the world.

    It cost only 2 million dollars to build, whereas the cheapest comparable supercomputers would cost $50 million or more.

  • Boeing may be losing edge in Air Force tanker award

    Politico reports that Boeing may be at a disadvantage to EADS for winning the Air Force tanker contract award.

  • Air Force fires two after tanker mail mix-up

    Learn more in today’s DoD report

  • Mail mix-up won’t affect Air Force contract selection

    The Air Force will move forward to finding a contractor for its refueling tanker, despite a mail mix-up between rival contractors.

  • Air Force mixes up mail for competing contractors

    Defense News reports that the Air Force sent assessments for a refueling tanker deal to two contractors, but mixed up the info intended for each company.

  • Air Force shares confidential tanker bid information

    learn more in today’s DoD Report