Forget the mid-August page on the calendar and the sweltering days in many global capitals. With the prospect of the Russian war on Ukraine extending into this winter, there is mounting angst and hand-wringing inside the Washington DC Beltway and in other seats of government about the pace and success of the Ukrainian counter-offensive that began this June. Group Editor Marty Kauchak reports.
With the exception of current US DoD discussions on transferring F-16s to Ukraine, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is at the center of most major US Air Force and joint operations and activities around the globe.
Outsourcing of aircrew training within the UK Armed Forces has been a long-running saga. The concept of what eventually became the Military Flight Training System (MFTS) was widely discussed in the MoD during the 1990s, but it was not until 2008 that the first contract was signed between the MoD and Ascent Flight Training. MS&T’s Dim Jones visited Ascent in their Bristol HQ to get their take on past achievements and future plans.