Members of a national commission studying the U.S. Air Force to see if structural changes are needed will visit Ohio military bases this week seeking information.
The commission says members will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton on Monday. They also plan to collect information at Air National Guard bases including Springfield, Rickenbacker and Mansfield-Lahm during their three-day Ohio stop.
The Air Force Research Laboratory will have a new commander. Major General Thomas Masiello will assume command Monday at a ceremony at the National Museum of the US Air Force. As the AFRL commander, Maseillo will in be in charge of the Air Force’s 2 billion dollar science and technology program, and an additional research and development that’s also valued at 2 billion dollars. He’ll oversee a workforce of 10 thousand in the labs nine technology directorates. Masiello is currently the Director of Special programs at the Pentagon for Acquistion, Technology and Logistics.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to a new supercomputer. It’s named “Spirit” after the Air Force’s B-2 Stealth Bomber. It’s the largest supercomputer in the Department of Defense. At $25 million, it’s also the 14th fastest computer in the world. Spirit was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. It can perform 1500 trillion calculations at a time and will assist in research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. It also will help the DOD perform research for weapons systems. According to a release from the base, supercomputers play a critical role in the field of computational science.
The modern drone has many technological and cultural precursors dating back to the turn of the century. Shown here is a Predator drone widely used by the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force; originally designed for reconnaissance, it has now been outfitted with missiles and used in offensive strikes.
The use of unmanned drones for surveillance, for targeted assassinations, and for attacks more broadly seems to be the latest evolution in the technology of war. But as historian Kenneth C. Hough reminds us, the military use of drones goes back at least a century, as does the controversy they have generated over the morality and meaning of using such technology to kill.
Federal grants totaling more than $10.3 million have been awarded to Ohio agencies to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.
Agencies in 36 Ohio counties will use the grants to serve more than 3,000 homeless and at-risk veteran families.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that $300 million in homeless prevention grants were awarded to 319 community-based groups in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.