The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has just canceled the proposed Divine Strake experiment, which would have involved a large-scale, open air “mushroom cloud” detonation of a common blasting agent over an existing tunnel at the Nevada Test Site, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The announcement itself last spring of the proposed test raised a robust cloud of protest and a lawsuit. In a Feb. 22 statement, DTRA chief James Tegnelia said, “I have become convinced that it’s time to look at alternative methods that obviate the need for this type large-scale test,” which was to provide data on defeating hardened underground targets. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement that Utah citizens “can rest easier tonight knowing the government listened.”
Sept. 27, 2022
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, said Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.