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Barrie Barber

Barrie Barber is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio covering military and veterans affairs.

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How a Wright-Patt office is working to arm fighter jets with lasers
 The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental...

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The Air Force has targeted arming an F-15 fighter jet with a laser by 2021, one of what could become a wider use of directed-energy weapons to protect aerial refueling tankers to military bases, a leading researcher says. Facing increased competition from Russia and China, the Air Force launched an office at Wright-Patterson to explore experimental...
Air Force urged to pick Wright-Patterson for hundreds more jobs
 Wright-Patterson could add 400 jobs if Air Force leaders are persuaded by Ohio’s congressional delegation to locate a F-35 stealth fighter office to the Miami Valley base. The Defense Department and the Air Force have not said how many bases are in contention for the F-35 Product Hybrid Support Integrator Organization. But Dayton Area...

Posted: 3 days ago

Wright-Patterson could add 400 jobs if Air Force leaders are persuaded by Ohio’s congressional delegation to locate a F-35 stealth fighter office to the Miami Valley base. The Defense Department and the Air Force have not said how many bases are in contention for the F-35 Product Hybrid Support Integrator Organization. But Dayton Area...
Local defense contractor lands $67 million contract
 The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a Dayton-based defense contractor a five-year, $67.9 million contract for engineering, management and other services at locations across the country, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay Brown, Inc., will conduct the work to support the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a Dayton-based defense contractor a five-year, $67.9 million contract for engineering, management and other services at locations across the country, according to the Department of Defense. MacAulay Brown, Inc., will conduct the work to support the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense...
AF Thunderbirds return to practice, but more shows could be canceled
 The Air Force Thunderbirds return to training over the Nevada desert Wednesday, but have not announced a date the demonstration team will return to the air show circuit, the team’s leader said. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Air Force Thunderbirds return to training over the Nevada desert Wednesday, but have not announced a date the demonstration team will return to the air show circuit, the team’s leader said. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno...
Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to...

Posted: 4 days ago

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to...
Major Wright-Patt gate will temporarily close today
 A major gateway will close at Wright-Patterson today for maintenance, impacting the travel of thousands of commuters. Gate 19B off National Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. More than 5,700 inbound drivers travel through the entrance and nearly 6,300 drive off base through the gate every...

Posted: 4 days ago

A major gateway will close at Wright-Patterson today for maintenance, impacting the travel of thousands of commuters. Gate 19B off National Road will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer. More than 5,700 inbound drivers travel through the entrance and nearly 6,300 drive off base through the gate every...
A fair with a flavor: 17 countries part of Wright-Patt festival
 A party in Dayton had an international flavor Tuesday. People from 17 countries and more than 120 volunteers came together to celebrate the Wright-Patterson International Spouses Group’s International Fair at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. The cultures spanned Japan to the Spain, and Bali to the Philippines, among other places around...

Posted: 5 days ago

A party in Dayton had an international flavor Tuesday. People from 17 countries and more than 120 volunteers came together to celebrate the Wright-Patterson International Spouses Group’s International Fair at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. The cultures spanned Japan to the Spain, and Bali to the Philippines, among other places around...
Two ‘Memphis Belles’ and a Mustang will be in Dayton
 Dayton will have two Memphis Belle’s in its midst soon, one real and the other a Hollywood star. A B-17 that flew in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle will fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next June, just weeks after the real Memphis Belle bomber, which gained fame in World War II, will debut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dayton will have two Memphis Belle’s in its midst soon, one real and the other a Hollywood star. A B-17 that flew in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle will fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next June, just weeks after the real Memphis Belle bomber, which gained fame in World War II, will debut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force...
New Dayton VA director wants to be transparent for veterans
 The new Dayton VA Medical Center director wants to create a “high level of trust” with veterans and increase employee engagement as she takes over leadership of the area hospital. Jill Dietrich, 37, is the first woman leader of the 150-year-old institution and is one of the youngest in charge of a VA center nationally. The Indiana...

Posted: 6 days ago

The new Dayton VA Medical Center director wants to create a “high level of trust” with veterans and increase employee engagement as she takes over leadership of the area hospital. Jill Dietrich, 37, is the first woman leader of the 150-year-old institution and is one of the youngest in charge of a VA center nationally. The Indiana...
Fighter pilot shortage grows to one in four, GAO says
 Three military services face a shortage of one in four fighter pilots, and a gap in aviators could persist in the Air Force at least through 2023, the Government Accountability Office says. The Air Force had the widest shortage among fighter pilots at 27 percent in fiscal year 2017. The service branch had fewer pilots than authorized in 11...

Posted: 9 days ago

Three military services face a shortage of one in four fighter pilots, and a gap in aviators could persist in the Air Force at least through 2023, the Government Accountability Office says. The Air Force had the widest shortage among fighter pilots at 27 percent in fiscal year 2017. The service branch had fewer pilots than authorized in 11...
Artificial Intelligence will transform warfare, AFRL scientist says
 Artificial intelligence will transform national security on the same scale as aviation, cyber, nuclear or bio technology, a leading autonomy scientist says. “It’s that important,” said Steven K. Rogers, a senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson. “If you think about it in that context...

Posted: 10 days ago

Artificial intelligence will transform national security on the same scale as aviation, cyber, nuclear or bio technology, a leading autonomy scientist says. “It’s that important,” said Steven K. Rogers, a senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson. “If you think about it in that context...