Air Force 101: Talks aim to improve legislation for AF missions

Air Force 101: Talks aim to improve legislation for AF missionsWASHINGTON (AFNS)

A day after the Air Force flew a B-52 Stratofortress over South Korea in the wake of their northern neighbor’s nuclear bomb test, Air Force officers discussed the service’s nuclear capabilities with policymakers Jan. 11.

The hour-long discussion, part of an ongoing series, touched on North Korea’s Jan. 6 test and why the Air Force responded with a show of force. It also delved further into the U.S. military’s triad system, which deters a nuclear attack using strategic bombers, missile silos and submarines.

Organized by the Air Force Legislative Liaison Office at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, the Air Force 101 sessions inform policymakers on various topics.

“We don’t write policy. That’s not our job,” said Maj. Justin Ballinger, a legislative liaison. “What we do is educate how the policy and legislation affects us, and what we can do with what is given to us.”

The bi-monthly sessions cover “airpower from the ground up” and hot topics such as a briefing on cyber security that had officers talk about policies related to Air Force missions.

“They spoke on the things that the current legislation allows us to do and some of the things that we’re handcuffed with,” Ballinger said.

The sessions by the liaison office, which Ballinger described as an arm of the executive branch, also save time and energy to highlight Air Force matters.

“The more folks we can reach out to and educate, the better returns we get when it comes to responsiveness for policy and other issues,” he said.

At the latest session, three Air Force officers spoke to about 60 policymakers on nuclear operations an issue recently thrusted into the spotlight.

“It gives us an opportunity to build that initial foundation for a lot of them,” said Maj. Nathan Perry, the chief of airborne capabilities for Air Staff 10 that handles the service’s nuclear mission. “If a handful of them left this door smarter than they were when they walked in on nuclear deterrence, then mission accomplished.”

To Perry, who has flown B-2 Spirits, the session was a unique chance for him and others to communicate in person with policymakers who may alter the future of nuclear operations one day.

“For us to be able to say that we are credible and reliable all the time,” he said of nuclear deterrence, “we have to be able to correspond about it, talk about it and prove it.”

Allowing Capitol Hill staffers to interact with Airmen who’ve had prior experience on a specific issue may also indirectly shape new policy.

“Being over here talking and sharing our experience, we absolutely influence the process,” said Maj. Stephen Bonin, a senior emergency actions officer with the National Military Command Center who once served as a missile maintainer.

The goal of the sessions is to improve the decision making of policymakers.

“I can’t tell you what the composition of the triad should be or how many weapons we should have,” Bonin said, “but I can tell you all the information so you can make an informed decision.”

Eric Mattson, a Hill staffer who works for U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Washington, said the session helped expand his knowledge on nuclear capabilities.

“As I work here there may be a time when I will work with this kind of policy,” Mattson said. “I think it’s important for us as policymakers to know what can be done better.”

One aspect that the Air Force is pushing to modernize is its aging aircraft, of which many are part of the triad system. In October, Air Force officials awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to build 100 long range strike bombers to replace legacy bombers, such as B-52s that are more than 50 years old.

Bombers play a critical role in nuclear deterrence since they’re easily visible, unlike submarines or intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The low-level flyover of the B-52 and fighter aircraft only a few hours from the demilitarized zone of the Korean Peninsula was a prime example.

“That’s what the bomber portion gives you,” Perry said. “It allows the whole world to see that we’re getting it done. It’s definitely a game of chess and it takes a lot of work.”

How the Air Force will evolve and continue its nuclear deterrence mission will be up to those making legislation.

“You need to take a serious look at what is the strategic narrative that we want to push for some of these capabilities,” Perry told the policymakers. “Please help us use our capabilities to do what we need to do.”

SBIRS awards complex resuscitate adaption

SBIRS awards complex resuscitate adaptionLOS ANGELES Airforce Background, Swayer. (AFNS)

The Spaciousness and Shell Systems Country (SMC) late accomplished negotiations on the Lockheed Comedian Elbow-room Systems’ Play Supported Oftenness Structure (SBIRS) Specialized Enliven proposition and awarded the deal qualifying June 9.

The strain drive redo the geosynchronous Planet orbiting satellite on the ordinal and ordinal satellites at no fresh outlay to the bargain that was in the first place awarded in June 2014. That improvement application builds upon the charge funds achieved from the groundbreaking piece purchase catching approximate and a area of manufacturing and manipulation efficiencies that resulted in exceeding $1 zillion of coffers.

“That is a momentous outcome in the recital of the SBIRS scheme,” held Gap. Microphone Guetlein, the Far-away Intellect Set-up Board’s curriculum president. “It brings the following propagation of outlying logic satellites into the 21st 100 past partnering with production to power their know-how and resources, the sum of time simultaneously delivering extra faculty to the warfighter. Additionally, the updated disciple provides a corridor representing implementing the next-generation of capabilities animation tail second to the Airforce’s Elbow-room Transformation Ambitiousness. Ultimately, the future procreation capabilities inclination entitle warfighters to note dimmer targets quicker, which intent cede to commanders to save our force on the battleground, also as our 1 and our alignment, protected.”

Lockheed Saint submitted the plan on Dec. 8, 2014, with the guidance to update the coeval A2100 aide-de-camp with a rationalized portrayal that is functionally interchangeable to the popular SBIRS line. Benefits of the innovation embrace inflated commonalty with added room systems, another follower rebound, low parts obsolescence, budding in behalf of a consequential rate hoard on tomorrow moon buys, and augmented port bendability on the follower to repose following reconstruction of the onboard transmitter number.

With that limiting, SMC continues to container its belligerent utilize of the Division of Justification’s “Superior Purchase Index” and the Airforce’s “Deflection the Price Pitch Affordability and Production” initiatives. The SBIRS strain leverages a figure of stout partnership-with-industry initiatives including developed expense administration on the side of affordability, the have recourse to of a fixed-price-incentive (compact aim) commitment, removing barriers to advert application consumption, up fruitfulness of unrestrained exploration and situation and accenting discipline energize in promulgation mentation.

Implementing the SBIRS producing energy covered by a fixed-price-incentive (rigid mark) display caps the compact outlay to the Airforce, piece simultaneously allowing the Airforce to effect the complex benefits of renewal.

“The lure pact disposition unlock up opportunities in the service of the Airforce to reshuffle the trade to becomingly apportionment price chance with Lockheed Comic,” Guetlein held. “It further allowed us to rebalance the incentives in the middle of price, register and set completion to make sure conjunction with our curriculum goals to land an wonderful talent on our warfighters.”

The Airforce is captivating drop of a flowing come nigh that merges warriorlike requirements with Lockheed Comedian’s paramount practices to fix up commons transversely force and advertisement programs. Additionally, that energy leverages a noteworthy national finance through Lockheed Singer in the A2100 spacecraft line. SBIRS unswervingly benefits from a adulthood of the redesign and requalification of computer equipment and package occurring beneath the associates’s home transaction document.

Upward of while, the SBIRS ufo has had redesigns ‘tween craft buys to sermon parts and putting out operation obsolescence. The Complicated Invigorate layout provided a cost-efficient occasion to redecorate the plan by virtue of the make use of of fresh mature electronic subsystems from the Worldwide Locating Set-up, Advance Ehf and Geostationary Usable Environmental Satellites programs. Additionally, it brings commons to Airforce’s blank systems which drive unravel creation efforts, moderate obsolescence and urge out costs time expanding potential and backlash.

“Implementing the acolyte adaptation at no affixed tariff to the administration reflects a authentic win-win concordat in the service of the Airforce and Lockheed Player,” Guetlein aforesaid. “In totalling to Lockheed Thespian serene having to see SBIRS contractual requirements, the Airforce concentrated its price debit alongside tapering the commitment roof, obtained information rights to help time to come info objectives, and ensured the satellites were congruent with double set in motion vehicles, as allowing Lockheed Bishop to effect a coalescence of its upshot lines in form to succeed in output efficiencies.”

The SBIRS document is managed by means of the Far-off Perception Systems Board at the U.S. Airforce’s SMC. Lockheed Actor Room Systems Presence in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the SBIRS blossom organ, and Biochemist Grumman Electronic Systems in Azusa, Calif., is the consignment planimeter. The 460th Room Airfoil at Buckley Airforce Bottom in Dawn, River, operates the SBIRS scheme. The SBIRS announcement delivers 1, honest and nice missile-warning and infrared-surveillance news to the chair of the Pooled States, the confidant of Action, belligerent commanders, the keenness district and remaining skeleton key determination makers. The pattern enhances epidemic warhead set in motion detecting power, supports the polity’s ballistic warhead defence combination, expands the native land’s industrial astuteness assembly capability and bolsters situational cognisance representing warfighters on the battleground.

“That is an exhilarating light of day in SMC’s story,” thought Lt. Information. Prophet Crackling, the c in c of SMC and the Airforce’s announcement manager dignitary in the service of elbow-room. “These negotiations spot a fresh manner of doing trade owing to a stronger partnership with trade. Unitedly, Lockheed Player and the Airforce are clever to equip supplementary ability to the warfighter patch plummeting announcement costs and safekeeping our center duty guarantee. I am profoundly pleased the teamwork halfway the Airforce and Lockheed Actress upward of the up to date digit months.”

Attaches use C-12 to support humanitarian efforts in Maldives

Attaches use C-12 to support humanitarian efforts in MaldivesBANGKOK (AFNS)

Members of the Bangkok Defense Attach Office recently completed a humanitarian mission to the Maldives.

Working with DAO Colombo, the Colombo U.S. Embassy political office and the Special Operations Command-Pacific, the Bangkok DAO delivered medical supplies and books to some of the more remote atolls in the Maldives. The Bangkok and Colombo attach s also met with local leaders and the Maldivian National Defense Force leadership.

“This was a great chance to use the C-12 (Huron) to access one of the more remote islands and deliver aid directly to those in need,” said Capt. Mike Reed, the Colombo U.S. Embassy Civil Military Support Element chief. “Despite what many westerners might consider primitive conditions, the locals are extremely welcoming and hospitable.”

“The Maldivian locals opened their lives to us without question; we found it professionally and personally rewarding to engage both the local villagers and the MNDF,” said Jacob English, a Colombo DAO defense liaison officer.

The C-12 crew from Bangkok agreed missions like this one exemplify the power of joint and interagency effort on the ground during “phase zero” operations. Phase zero refers to the concept of taking coordinated action in peacetime to affect the strategic environment. Long-term partnerships are built with continual effort and presence. Often, remote locations like the Maldivian atolls are difficult places to advance U.S. interests, but it is in these remote locations where advancement of those interests is most critical.

“The power of the Defense Attach Service C-12 to enable synergy between the DAS, SOCPAC, and Department of State is unparalleled in austere situations like the Maldives or parts of Africa, and the Air Force and Navy team at DAO Bangkok is proud to be a part of that force multiplier,” said Col. Dave Diehl, a C-12 pilot and Bangkok air attach .

Beyond the critical phase zero operations, the flying was not exactly boring either. The Huron is specifically used by the attach service to access locations where commercial service is limited or not available. The C-12 in Bangkok is always in high demand to provide support to other DAOs in the region, and has been used in Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia.

During this visit, the Huron provided the means to transport humanitarian supplies which not only helped local Maldivians in immediate need, but opened many doors to local leaders and defense officials. By the end of the mission the C-12 crew was able to land at six different Maldivian airports, including two never before visited by U.S. military aircraft.

“It was both fun and rewarding for the crew making it all happen,” Diehl said. “The pilots leaned heavily on their C-130 (Hercules) experience on the short fields and Master Sgt. Brian Roberts used all his skills acquired as a former crew chief to help with minor maintenance and cargo loading, all critical to mission accomplishment.”

The mission overall was deemed a great success by SOCPAC and the embassy in Colombo. The attach s were thanked and invited back with the C-12 as soon as possible. The DAO Bangkok crew is already planning the next mission and should use lessons learned on this flight to increase efficiency on the next go-around both in the Maldives and as they support other regional partners.

“Executing these missions both regionally and within Thailand showcases the United States as a partner who cares, and it is defense attach s and the DAS C-12s at the forefront of that effort,” Diehl said.

Disbrow confirmed as under secretary of the Air Force

Disbrow confirmed as under secretary of the Air ForceWASHINGTON (AFNS)

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Lisa S. Disbrow as the new under secretary of the Air Force to ensure efficient and effective management of Air Force resources.

In this position, Disbrow oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $120 billion and serves as the co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision-making body, the Air Force Council.

“Being prior Air Force and having walked in those shoes helps me understand and appreciate the challenges and stresses our Airmen face on a daily basis,” Disbrow said. “I know when we are creating visions of how it will be implemented in the field, because I have been there. We have incredibly bright people in the Air Force and I get a sense of how valuable every single person is and how hard they work.”

Working with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the vice chairman prior to her current position, Disbrow gained a lot of understanding of the issues the service leaders faced.

“That insight will help me enormously in my new position because I saw things across the full spectrum of issues, and to see and understand the joint operations side is a huge benefit for me,” Disbrow said. “The insight to processes like (Office of the Secretary Defense), budgeting and programming, (just to name a few) is invaluable to me here and I am completely amazed at the people who come from outside and can do this job; it’s a lot of complex, moving pieces.”

Disbrow discussed her top priorities, starting with ensuring Airmen know and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.

“The work we do is important and I want every Airman to know how much they matter,” Disbrow said. “The vice chief and I want to make sure Airmen who are separated or retired with symptoms of (post-traumatic stress disorder) get what they need.

Taking care of Airman has been the number one priority for the secretary of the Air Force since she took charge and one of the best ways to do that is by growing the force.

“We just got approval to plus up our numbers so the question we need to ask is, as we grow, how do we bring capable and diverse people into our ranks?” Disbrow asked. “We need a wide range of skills and a diverse group of people with different ways of thinking. It will help our Airmen out enormously to grow quick, but we need to make sure we are growing with the right people.”

She also wants to push hard for top-line dollars the Air Force needs to support the Defense Department and the nation.

“I want to make sure we get what we need to focus on getting the mission done,” Disbrow said. “I also want to invest in our IT infrastructure because it supports every mission we have. We need to be able to modernize that so it can continue to support the growing needs of the Air Force.”

As under secretary of the Air Force, Disbrow is also charged with providing for the welfare of more than 664,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

“Every morning when I walk in through the (Pentagon) River Entrance, I pause and think about the enormity of the things going on here and how I play a role in all of that – it’s very exciting,” Disbrow said.

Disbrow also discussed the role every Airman plays in the overall Air Force mission.

“Every person, no matter the rank, (has) a critical role to play in the mission and we need them to think about ideas on how they can make things better for the next person or for the next mission,” Disbrow said. “Our people are highly valued. Airmen for life – that’s what I want them to think. I want them to know they are part of something really important and we need their ideas. Every single person is mission critical.”

AF focuses 3rd disc-shaped of VERA/VSIP in support of civilians

AF focuses 3rd disc-shaped of VERA/VSIP in support of civiliansPresident (AFNS)

In an application to conduct its power government big ideas with unsolicited programs, Airforce officials declared a tertiary hoop-like of noncombatant labor force constructive measures dawning June 15.

The measures are requisite to come across the Airforce’s hq assembling and staffing reductions, which were premeditated to reject unwanted activities, amend efficiencies and please prior secretaire of Accumulation guiding to abate managing hq costs and rod levels close to 20 percentage.

Gratuitous anciently retreat power (VERA) and spontaneous rift incitement indemnify (VSIP) inclination be employed to realine and rebalance the civil power throughout the position annular of the document. The finishing circular of willing measures focuses principally on Office Atmosphere Force-assigned civil employees.

“As in dead and buried living, we inclination persevere in to bid free ahead of time retreat power and spontaneous break enticement reward to the most expanse plausible once we instrument a diminution good,” thought Debra Filmmaker, the executive of Noncombatant Power Management. “The Airforce is sworn to sustaining goodness, meet 1 requirements and minimizing disputatious impacts on our common indestructible civil workers and their families.”

Noncombatant employees longing be given VERA/VSIP engagement surveys from their county noncombatant people sections (CPS) on or on every side June 15, with responses fitting close to June 26, unless an before season is accepted through close by CPSs. Applicants sanctioned in favour of that conclusive discoid of pecuniary class VERA/VSIP programs ought to disjoin no ulterior than Kinfolk. 30.

“Our civilians are an elementary participation of our potency, and their contributions are helpful in our assignment good fortune,” Filmmaker alleged. “Our question, in a fiscally affected conditions, is to retain the primed and accomplished noncombatant dynamism tod and a present-day employees tomorrow.”

The processes readily obtainable to rebalance or reskill the human resources includes use reduction-in-force procedures to adjudge remainder wage earner precedence organization rights into positions, also as, providing the bendability to give up qualifications and purvey hold rank and refund if sited in a reduce hierarchic placement.

Therein observe, the Airforce hq and additional share bases drive off their preparations in support of submitting requests in the service of consent to make use of reduction-in-force procedures in an trouble to locus employees in chronic indestructible positions.

“The Airforce is sworn to victimization free divorce programs as some as thinkable earlier pursuing unpremeditated options,” Filmmaker supposed.

In favour of affixed facts around civil calling, willing estrangement programs and else force alertnesses, upon myPers.

Solar Ready Vets program to begin first class at Hill AFB

Solar Ready Vets program to begin first class at Hill AFBHILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS)

The Solar Ready Vets program announced by President Barack Obama during a visit to Hill Air Force Base in April 2015 will begin training the first class of 24 veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.

The training, which begins Feb. 1, is being provided by Salt Lake Community College in partnership with the Department of Energy, which oversees the initiative. Some of the training will take place in Hill classrooms and some will be online “self-driven” learning.

“We’ve got to be relentless in our work to grow the economy and create good jobs,” Obama said during his visit. “I think everybody here at Hill understands that one of the most important aspects of national security is strong economic security.”

Hill was chosen to be part of the program based on the number of exiting military personnel from the installation, the strength of the surrounding solar market and the capacity of nearby training institutions.

The base acquires 20 percent or more of its overall energy from renewable energy sources. The base’s solar array installation was completed in June 2009, making it Utah’s largest ground-mounted photovoltaic system at the time.

“We take pride in the energy initiatives we have underway here,” said Col. Ron Jolly, the 75th Air Base Wing installation commander.

Obama said the new program is one of many steps to help nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get a job.

Hill is the fourth base to implement the program, which is already underway at Camp Pendleton, California; Fort Carson, Colorado; and Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia; and has already delivered 150 military veterans ready-to-begin careers in the solar energy career field, one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country.

While veterans are not guaranteed a job, the DOE reports that all of the participating veterans have been extended job offers from renewable energy companies participating in the initiative. Starting salaries for these types of positions average $20 to $24 per hour. The program prepares veterans to be strong candidates for a wide range of solar energy careers, including management, photovoltaic installation, sales and technical positions.

According to the DOE, the Defense Department is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government. So, to meet new goals set out in an executive order signed March 19, 2015, for the federal government to reduce emissions, some of the Solar Ready Vets graduates may return to bases, helping build solar arrays that improve energy security.

The program is tied to the DOD’s SkillBridge initiative, a program designed to equip active-duty military personnel within six months of moving to veteran status with skills to enter the civilian workforce.

The DOE is working with the DOD to expand Solar Ready Vets to a total of 10 military bases by late spring 2016.

“We have eight currently registered with more Airmen expressing interest every day. Many are currently working through the application process,” said Capt. Joshua Tate, the deputy director of the 75th Force Support Squadron.

The classes are paid for by the DOE during the startup phase and funding for continuing classes can be paid for by the members’ GI Bill benefits, Tate said.

PACANGEL efforts termination in Island Original Poultry

PACANGEL efforts termination in Island Original PoultryGOROKA, Island Brand-new Poultry (AFNS)

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The Island Brand-new Fowl Defense, Kingly Continent Airforce, and public from the Country, Country and Original Sjaelland worked adjacent with 56 U.S. Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines until the action.

Julie Soso, the Orient Highland State controller, verbalised her gratitude on the PACANGEL benefactor efforts in her territory.

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“These projects are seeable as an pronouncement of the Coalesced States’ loyalty to the Asian-Pacific part and establish our chronic undertake to uphold foreign act of god and altruistic alleviation efforts therein zone,” held Brig. Information. William Burks, the Nevada Popular Shield officer prevailing.

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PACAGNEL is a intersection and hyphenated philanthropic 1 functioning conducted in the Ocean limit of chargeability to stand by U.S. Calm Charge’s content erection efforts. The human-centred and municipal aid syllabus is aimed at up military-civilian aid ‘tween the U.S. and Peaceful partners.

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