The 460th Space Wing, headquartered at Buckley AFB, Colo., last week activated the 11th Space Warning Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colo. The new unit, which replaces Det. 1 of the 460th Space Operations Group, will operate the new Space-Based Infrared System satellite payload. Under a former life, the 11th SWS operated the Attack and Launch Early Report to Theater (ALERT) system that drew data from the Defense Support Program satellites, which SBIRS is designed to replace. (Report by SSgt Sanjay Allen)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.