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Past articles by Phillip:

Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani

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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is a reporter for Air Force Times covering aircraft and advanced technology. → Read More

RPAs Need Improvements to Stay Alive on Future Battlefields, Experts Say

Remotely piloted aircraft must undergo major changes to stay relevant in a future battle space, a panel of experts said Tuesday. → Read More

Promotion announcements return to commanders

In a July 20 email, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced that commanders will now receive promotion lists four days before public release, so they can inform their airmen of the good news themselves. → Read More

Thunderbirds honor fallen Blue Angels pilot

The Thunderbirds will honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss by flying with his name on one of their planes for the rest of the season. → Read More

C-130J crash that killed 14 caused by forgotten night-vision goggle case

The pilot of a C-130J propped up a control yoke with a night-vision goggle case, but forgot it was there when he tried to take off again Oct. 2, killing 14 service members and contractors, according to an Air Force Air Mobility Command accident report. → Read More

Air Force squandered millions of dollars on excess C-130J parts, IG says

The Air Force mismanaged its inventory of spare Super Hercules parts, building a stockpile worth tens of millions of dollars, the DoD IG says. → Read More

Air Force paying too much for C-17 engine maintenance, report says

The Air Force is paying billions for engine maintenance for the C-17 Globemaster III without any idea if it’s getting a fair price, a new watchdog report said. → Read More

McCain slams USAF chief Welsh on A-10 effectiveness

Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, got into a fiery exchange with Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Thursday. → Read More

Hypersonics could help Air Force thwart enemy anti-air defenses

“Hypersonics is no longer Buck Rogers stuff,” said Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, Ret., former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory. “Hypersonic weapons are now both important for us to develop, and they are inevitable for somebody to develop. → Read More

Hypersonic missiles could be operational in 2020s, general says

Hypersonic missiles could be here faster than you know it. → Read More

Air Force will move off Russian engines, general says

Make no mistake, the Air Force doesn’t want to use Russian-made rocket engines, a top general said Friday. → Read More

Sixth-Gen Fighter Likely Won’t Be Common Across Services, Air Force General Says

In a departure from the dual-service F-35 effort, the Pentagon’s sixth-generation fighter jet likely won’t be common between the US Air Force and the US Navy, a top Air Force general said Friday. → Read More

Last GPS II satellite ready for launch, paving way for next generation

The first Air Force launch of 2016 will be the last for the current generation of GPS satellites. → Read More

U.S. needs to defend space assets, Pentagon space expert says

The United States needs to recognize that space is no longer a benign environment, and should take more steps to protect its critical infrastructure, one of the Pentagon’s leading space experts said Friday. → Read More

Air Force secretary: U.S. ready to airdrop aid for Syria if asked

The Air Force is ready to airdrop aid to besieged Syrian cities if asked, Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday. → Read More

Maternity leave will increase, James says

The Air Force will likely follow the Navy’s lead and triple maternity leave from six weeks to eighteen, Secretary Deborah Lee James said Thursday, adding that paternity leave could also increase. → Read More

'Cyber Command' must focus on the joint fight, general says

The Air Force will likely set up be part of a so-called CYBER-COM in the future, on par with current unified combatant commands, a top general said, but warned the organization shouldn't be too focused on a single domain. → Read More

RPA systems studied to improve ground-based technology

The next big advancement in autonomy might not be in the air, but on the ground, the Air Force’s top scientist said Thursday. → Read More

New York building collapses while ablaze

New York City officials reported Thursday that a multi-story building collapsed in Manhattan’s East Village while ablaze. Firefighters were already on the scene, but authorities have given no indication about potential casualties or injuries. → Read More