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Air Force removes nine nuclear launch officers after cheating scandal

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson,…

US Air Force scores biggest ever military solar power plant

It looks like the Air Force wins the week in terms of military renewable energy projects. The biggest military solar power plant in the US has just been completed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, a 16.4 megawatt installation that is expected……

Air Force converts F-16 fighters into drones

The U.S. Air Force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time, in the latest sign of the military’s increasing reliance on drones. The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a base in Florida last week, as…

U.S. Air Force can’t find enough people willing to be drone pilots

The US Air Force is unable to keep up with a growing demand for pilots capable of operating drones, partly due to a shortage of volunteers, according to a new study. Despite the importance placed on the burgeoning robotic fleet, drone operators face a lack of opportunities for promotion to…

U.S. Air Force gives U-2 spy plane another lease on life

WASHINGTON — The aging U-2 spy plane of Cold War fame has avoided retirement and will stay in the air until 2025, the Air Force said Monday, because the costly drone due to replace it turned out to be less effective. As part of cost-saving measures announced by the Pentagon,…

In cyber era, militaries scramble for new skills

LONDON (Reuters) – With growing worries about the threat of “cyber warfare,” militaries around the world are racing to recruit the computer specialists they believe may be central to the conflicts of the 21st century. But whilst money is plentiful for new forces of “cyber warriors,” attracting often individualistic technical…

Overstretched U.S. drone pilots face stress risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flying drone aircraft over Afghanistan from the comfort of a military base in the United States is much more stressful than it might seem, even for pilots spared the sacrifice of overseas deployment and separation from family and friends. America’s insatiable demand for drone technology is taking…

Military drone pilots found vulnerable to ‘clinical distress’

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flying drone aircraft over Afghanistan from the comfort of a military base in the United States is much more stressful than it might seem, even for pilots spared the sacrifice of overseas deployment and separation from family and friends. America’s insatiable demand for drone…

Remains of 274 U.S. troops dumped in landfill: report

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force dumped the cremated, partial remains of at least 274 troops in a landfill before halting the secretive practice in 2008, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The procedure was never formally authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials, who conducted a review of the cremation…

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