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    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 general officer billets to be cut in fiscal 2015

    The Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  1. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / Air Force

    JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  3. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said the Air Force is working aggressively to implement major changes to the enlisted performance system. Mike Morones / Staff

    Revamped enlisted evals: Expect sweeping changes in 2015

    The ongoing overhaul of the enlisted performance system is one of the biggest changes in store for airmen in 2015 — and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is urging airmen to be patient as it kicks into gear.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. Lt. Gen. James Jackson says the Reserve helps the Air Force retain its 'big investment' in airmen. Mike Morones / Staff

    Reserve chief sees window to snag those leaving active duty

    The Air Force's planned cutbacks of thousands of active-duty members have prompted the reserve components to try to capture as many of the airmen as possible to beef up their ranks and keep the training and experience 'in blue.'

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, talks to state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15. Khamenei, 75, successfully underwent prostate surgery, Iran announced. Khamenei said his government privately refused American requests for cooperation against the Islamic State group, warning that another U.S. incursion would result 'in the same problems they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years.' AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS

    Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Jill Kelley leaves her home in Nov. 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    A memeber of Islamic State holds a knife and gestures as he speaks to a camera before beheading British aid worker David Haine. Iran has ruled out working with any international coalition against IS, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. AFP

    Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

    As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso, head of the Air Force sexual assault prevention and response office, says peer leaders are influential in discussions of sexual assault. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Combating sexual assault

    Reports of sexual assault in the Air Force continue to rise while the frequency of the crime remains stable — a paradox that could signify growing trust in the military justice system, the two-star general in charge of the service's sexual assault prevent

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  5. Carlisle

    ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot

    Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  6. New commander takes over 122nd Fighter Wing

    Col. Patrick Renwick has taken over as commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing based in Fort Wayne.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. A cyber transport systems technician finds a new number location on a line equipment number block. SA George Goslin / Air Force

    Cyber airmen race to stay ahead of new threats

    As cyber threats increase and become more sophisticated, airmen in the Cyber career field find themselves operating in a fast-paced environment just trying to stay two steps ahead.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. US President Barack Obama meets with, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out

    Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room of a missile launch control facility. Charlie Riedel / AP

    Spotlight on nuclear force prompts ongoing reforms

    What began as a tumultuous year for the Air Force's nuclear community — highlighted by a cheating scandal and reports of low morale across the missileer force — evolved into a year of change for the airmen under Global Strike Command.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. Fighters from the Islamic State group parade June 23 in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. AP

    Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

    Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James sees more agreement than disagreement in getting Air Force requests through Congress. Mike Morones / Staff

    James' mission: Prioritize wisely to maintain capable, agile Air Force

    The Air Force has weathered a difficult year of personnel cuts, tough budget decisions and a cheating scandal that rocked the nuclear force.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  11. Capt. Sean McKee meets with Polish paratroopers in April before they conduct low-level jumps during training at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks / Air Force

    Air Force expects high op tempo for Europe rotations

    The Air Force has spent the last 20 years reducing its footprint in Europe, but the last six months of Russian military aggression, among other world events, could force the service to rethink that strategy.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  12. Sailors prepare to launch aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Fort McHenry Guard commemorate the precise moment that the historic Star-Spangled Banner was raised, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem 200 years ago. Andre Chung / AP

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    Senior Airman Johnathan Morgan assists a CV-22 crew chief with a fuel hose. 'The airplane has proven its worth on the battlefield,' says Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik / Air Force

    Special operators prepare for fight against extremism

    As budget restrictions and sequestration-related cutbacks have hit most of the Air Force, the service's special operators have largely been protected, and that has been necessary to keep air commandos ready to face the battles they are uniquely suited for

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  13. Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  14. Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court on Sept. 14 during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

    North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor

    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  15. This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as 'an act of pure evil.'

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    Under the new deployment system, most airmen will deploy for six months, followed by at least 12 months at home. Battlefield airmen in high-demand jobs, including tactical air control party arimen shown here, could still see more frequent deployments. Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes/Air Force

    Units to deploy together, spend more time at home under AEF-Next

    Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty agile combat support airmen will begin to deploy under a revised system that seeks to keep airmen with their own units and sets a standard battle rhythm.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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     Senior Airman Marleah Miller/Air Force

    GAO: No way to tell if changes at basic are working

    The Air Force has made dozens of changes to basic military training in an effort to avoid a repeat of the sexual misconduct scandal that shook the military three years ago, but the service has yet to create a system to gauge whether the changes are workin

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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