Daily Report

April 22, 2021

Cooley 1st USAF General Referred for Court-Martial

Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, Jr., former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory, will be the first Air Force general officer to face court-martial, on a sexual assault charge, Air Force Materiel Command said. The charge stems from an Aug. 12, 2018 off-duty incident in which Cooley “allegedly made unwanted sexual advances by kissing and touching a female victim,” who is not a military member or Department of Defense employee, AFMC said in a press release. The incident took place in Albuquerque, N.M. The decision to move the case to court-martial follows two separate reviews, an OSI investigation, and an Article 32 hearing. Cooley maintains his innocence of the charges.
1020 Everstine ABMS Onramp 2

JADC2 Strategy in Final Stages, With Unclassified Version Coming

The Pentagon’s overarching joint all-domain command and control strategy, a document outlining the entire Defense Department’s effort to link sensors and shooters together, will be presented to Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III in the coming days, with a public version expected to follow. USMC Lt. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, the Joint Staff’s chief information officer who is overseeing the effort, said at C4ISRNET’s virtual conference April 21 that the strategy has been briefed to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and is now going through edits, which will be done soon.
COVID-19 Vaccine

DOD Announces New Vaccination Totals as Effort Ramps Up

The Pentagon has vaccinated 459,921 service members, 123,550 of whom are in the Department of the Air Force, according to new data the Defense Department is providing to the public starting April 21. As the COVID-19 vaccination effort increases, the Pentagon created a new website outlining how the vaccines are being doled out, noting the new site will be updated three times per week. As of April 20, the Defense Department had administered more than 2.6 million doses at a utilization rate of 80.68 percent.
Vice Space Operations Chief, Gen. Thompson Interview

Space Force Finalizing Plans to Absorb Army, Navy Systems

The Space Force has finalized which units from the Army and Navy will join its ranks, and the new service’s No. 2 said details on the transfers are coming soon. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson, speaking April 21 during the virtual C4ISRNET conference, said the timeline for these transfers is being worked out, and “you’ll see later this year and continuing the next year—it will be a phased process by which that transition occurs.”
Eagle II

Second F-15EX Eagle II Delivered to Eglin

The second F-15EX Eagle II arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on April 20, this one with a different tail flash than the first. The new F-15, number 20-002, touched down with the “OT” tail flash used by the 53rd Wing at Eglin. This aircraft will be assigned to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron. Despite just receiving the first aircraft, the Air Force is already planning its first exercise. The F-15EX will debut at Northern Edge 2021 next month, according to Eglin.
Akia Carter

Outstanding Airmen, Guardians, and Civilians of the Year: Meet Staff Sgt. Akia D. Carter

Staff Sergeant Akia D. Carter is one of the Space Force’s first-ever Outstanding Airmen, Guardians, and Civilians of the Year. Carter is an Airman Leadership School instructor with the 30th Force Support Squadron, 30th Space Wing, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where she is tasked with developing senior Airmen to be “effective frontline supervisors,” according to a Space Force video recognizing the winners.

Radar Sweep

Indo-Pacific Commander Aquilino Confirmed in Senate

Defense News

The U.S. Senate confirmed a new chief for Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. John C. Aquilino, by unanimous consent April 21. Aquilino, the former head of U.S. Pacific Fleet, told lawmakers at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he thinks China is viewing an annexation of Taiwan as its “No. 1 priority.”

How the Military Attempts to Right Racial Wrongs

U.S. News & World Report

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. has spent much of his career flying F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft, as well as commanding all U.S. air forces in the Pacific. Since August, he has navigated a new role: as the top officer for the U.S. Air Force. Brown has been a pioneer throughout his military tenure, including becoming the first African American service Chief and the second ever on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He recently spoke with U.S. News as part of The Racial Divide, a series that explores race relations in America and how to improve diversity and inclusion in a range of fields.

Leaders from AFRICOM, Air Force, CDC Discuss COVID Response

UPI

The African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance wrapped its 10th annual conference last week. Leaders from U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, and the Centers for Disease Control attended the virtual event, which was focused on global rapid response teams and the importance of collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Space Command to Launch Joint Cyber Center

Fed Scoop

The unified combatant command overseeing the military’s joint operations in space is working to stand up a Joint Cyber Center, its commander told senators on April 20.

A Cyber Tool that Started at DARPA Moves to Cyber Command

C4ISRNET

Project Ike is a prototyping effort that once got its start under the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency under the name Plan X in 2013. It was later moved to the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office in July 2019 with an award to contractor Two Six Labs for $95 million dollars. Then in early April, the program officially transitioned to a program under the Joint Cyber Command and Control (JCC2) program management office, a Department of Defense spokesperson told C4ISRNET. Ike, will be used to map networks, assess the readiness of cyber teams, and command forces in cyberspace.

Test Pilot School Looks to the Cosmos in New Space Program

Air Force Times

The Air Force’s Test Pilot School on April 6 graduated its first 15 space testers from a new three-month program, broadening the school’s role in educating a new generation of experts in the field as their role evolves.