U.S. Air Force

July 1, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
Lockheed Martin engineers work on the GPS IIR satellites for the U.S. Air Force. Lockheed Martin designed and built 21 GPS IIR satellites and subsequently modernized eight of those spacecraft, designated GPS IIR-M, to enhance operations and navigation signal performance.   Courtesy Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Defense Department is increasingly using digital replicas to make predictions about the performance of complex weapons systems such as satellites or jet engines and to train artificial intelligence how to fly high-performance aircraft.

Last year, the U.S. Air Force used this digital twin technology to assess the cyber vulnerabilities of global positioning system (GPS) satellites for the first time. Advocates say the same approach can be used in training artificial intelligence (AI) and can be employed for predictive maintenance to determine when vital parts of an engine might be at risk of failure.

June 5, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A F-15E Strike Eagle from the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England on May 27 during a large force exercise. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa and airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing conducted the dissimilar air combat training to advance combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to help strengthen the NATO alliance. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Sparks

The Air Force recently hosted a large exercise in the United Kingdom’s North Sea airspace, the Defense Department reported on June 5. The service’s 48th Fighter Wing held the exercise to continue the advanced training of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa and NATO partners given the persistent and growing near-peer threats in the region. 

May 5, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. (S) William D. Betts, USAF, has been assigned as director, Coalition Air Advisory Training Team; director, Air Operations, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve; commander, 321st Expeditionary Wing; and deputy commander, 9th Expeditionary Task Force-Levant, Baghdad, Iraq.

April 30, 2020
 

Col. Parker H. Wright, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 30, 2020
 

Col. Dale R. White, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 28, 2020
 

Col. Patrick S. Ryder, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 28, 2020
 

Col. Neil R. Richardson, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 23, 2020
 

Col. Mark B. Pye, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 23, 2020
 

Col. Stephen G. Purdy Jr., USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 21, 2020
 

Col. Brandon D. Parker, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 21, 2020
 

Col. Derek J. O'Malley, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 21, 2020
 

Col. Joshua M. Olson, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 21, 2020
 

Col. Paul D. Moga, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 17, 2020
 

Col. Christopher S. Sage, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 17, 2020
 

Col. Jennifer M. Short, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 17, 2020
 

Col. Michael H. Manion, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 15, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. Ernest J. Teichert III, USAF, has been assigned as senior defense official and defense attache-Iraq, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq.

April 15, 2020
 

Col. Leslie A. Maher, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 15, 2020
 

Col. Joseph D. Kunkel, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

April 9, 2020
 

Col. William H. Kale, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

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