Latest Air force News

The Latest: Trump disputes ground rules of meeting with Iran

Sep. 15, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 4 a.m. President Donald Trump appears to be disputing the comments of senior aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

US general for NATO: Afghan violence will rise before vote

Sep. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The top U.S. general for NATO said Friday that he expects increased violence in Afghanistan in the lead-up to the election later this month, adding that allies will make necessary adjustments to military operations there to protect the vote. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, the...

General: US faces 'Sputnik moment' in space race competition

Sep. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. has reached a new "Sputnik moment" in which the military must act to keep the nation's competitive advantage in space against adversaries such as Russia, China, and to a lesser extent, Iran and North Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. Gen....

The Latest: General says US is at a new 'Sputnik moment'

Sep. 9, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the Peterson Air Force Base ceremony to mark the establishment of the U.S. Space Command (all times local): 11:10 a.m. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. has reached a new "Sputnik moment" in which the nation's competitive advantage in space...

Air Force disputes Alaska crew favored Trump Scottish hotel

Sep. 8, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Military officials are disputing a report that claims a joint Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard unit on a routine mission to Kuwait went miles out of their way to spend the night at a resort in Scotland owned by President Donald Trump. Politico first reported that the...

Trump declares new Space Command key to American defense

Aug. 29, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command to preserve American dominance on "the ultimate high ground." "This is a landmark day," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, "one that recognizes the...

Spanish air force pilot killed after plane crashes into sea

Aug. 26, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain*s Defense Ministry says an air force pilot has died after his military aircraft crashed into the sea off a beach in southeastern Spain. A ministry statement says a body found in the water is believed to be the pilot's, although final forensic confirmation is pending. In an earlier...

Congressman: Space Command's initial home will be Colorado

Aug. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The initial headquarters for the Pentagon's new Space Command will be at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, a congressman said Wednesday. The command will officially start operations next month at the base in Colorado Springs, said Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican....

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

Esper: US intends to prevent Turkey invasion into Syria

Aug. 6, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the U.S. intends to prevent any unilateral invasion by Turkey into northern Syria, saying any such move by the Turks would be unacceptable. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened an imminent attack in the northeast to push back...