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Task force says DoD should reconstruct pay-for-performance program. Military expects to decide on path forward this fall.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Kenneth Bourland's remains were found at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 7th after more than three weeks of the search and rescue. The U.S. Southern Command says Bourland, 37, of Birmingham, Ala., accompanied a U.S. flag officer during an official visit to Haiti Jan. 12th. He was among four other U.S. military personnel in Hotel Montana when the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The other individuals survive
The U.S. military is sending significant resources to Haiti to help out in the aftermath of the earthquake. Among those re sources is Air Force Intelligence gear to help with mapping. Many types of maps are supported, but the primary ones of interest to most users are aeronautical charts, satellite images and elevation maps. Many roads and landmarks are destroyed, so equipment to figure out where they were is essential.
The U.S. needs to improve its satellite presence in the Southern Hemisphere to better track launches from Asia, even as officials work to improve relations with Beijing, according to U.S. military officials. The Associated Press reports, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, head of U.S. Strategic Command, said the U.S. wants to better understand where China is heading as it improves its space and satellite capabilities. Chilton, who met with senior Chinese military leaders last week, described strains on the Pentagon's space program that are forcing commanders to push satellites and other equipment beyond their designed life span and to press for schedules that allow no room for launch failures.
University of California researchers show that lesbians were discharged under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy at a much higher rate than gay men. Reuters reports every military branch dismissed a disproportionate number of women in 2008 under the policy banning openly gay service members. But the discrepancy was particularly marked in the Air Force, where women were a majority of those let go under the policy, even though they made up only 20 percent of personnel.
The Military Health System has launched a new Health.mil website that provides a single point of entry to military health news, information and resources.
Twitter to scrub links, VA investigates data breach
Nearly overwhelmed with data from its drone aircraft in Afghanistan, the Air Force is building a new data center to analyze this information and share it with troops and commanders who need it.
The Air Force is assigning a new three-star general to oversee it's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Gilmary Hostage III is moving from Shaw Air Force base in South Carolina. The Air Force's top commander told Congress last month a change was needed to increase the service's focus on the air wars and intensifying operations in Afghanistan. The plan is to intensify the use of unmanned drones to aid in the hunt for militants.
The Air Force will have a new inspector general.