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The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The annual AFA Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition brings together Air Force leadership and industry experts from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. The Technology Exposition also features aerospace exhibitions displaying and demonstrating the latest breakthroughs in air and space technology.

Global Strike Airmen to See New Jobs, Cash and Responsibilities

Two maintainers work on a missile while it sits erect in its capsule. Malmstrom's first flight of Minute-man missiles went on alert Oct. 26, 1962. (U.S. Air Force/courtesy photo)

The head of Air Force nuclear forces on Tuesday said the command has bounced back from last year's scandal that saw nine officers fired and dozens of other missile officers disciplined in connection with cheating on proficiency tests. The Air Force has since responded to the cheating scandal with a string of initiatives to address what serv... more

Air Force Special Operations Establish Role in ISIL Fight

Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold.

Air Force commandos are already operating in the war against the Islamic State, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command said Monday. "When you have a campaign against violent extremist organizations, which this is – this is one violent, extremist organization – and when you think of the nature of that conflict over there and you thi... more

Air Force: New Tanker’s First Flight Delayed by Months

KC-46A "Pegasus"

National Harbor, Md. -- Wiring problems with the Air Force's new KC-46A Pegasus tanker have delayed the highly anticipated first flights of the developmental refueling aircraft by several months, service leaders said Tuesday. The first flight of the KC-46A baseline test aircraft has been delayed from this past August to late November. Plan... more

Dempsey: US Ground Combat Troops Possible in Islamic State Fight

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday that he would recommend deploying U.S. ground troops with the Iraqi army to combat the Islamic State if local forces fail to make progress under cover of U.S. airstrikes. The White House has ruled out "boots on the ground," but Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that his recommend... more

ANG Director: Fleet Recapitalization Not Fast Enough for Air Guard

Guard maintenance

Joining two of the latest weapons systems coming into the Air Force's fleet -- the KC-46 refueler and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- is great, says the head of the Air National Guard, but much of the Guard's role is still tied to legacy aircraft that are decades old. "We're very proud that we're part of the KC-46 program and the Joint Strike ... more

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