Daily Report

Nov. 25, 2020

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ABMS Onramp 2

USAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office to Oversee ABMS Development, Procurement

The Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office will serve as the program executive office for the Advanced Battle Management System, which looks to connect sensors and shooters in real time. The move means the Air Force is ready to move toward buying systems and proving that its ABMS strategy is working, said Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, in a Nov. 24 briefing with reporters. “This is the graduation in ABMS, and there will be a future graduation when we get ABMS fielded,” he said.
International Space Pitch Day

10 Companies Win Joint US, UK Space Pitch Day Contracts

Ten companies from four countries won seed money for innovative projects to improve military space technology at the first International Space Pitch Day, hosted online by the United States and United Kingdom, the U.S. Space Force said Nov. 23. Since early 2019, the U.S. Air Force has held “Shark Tank”-style pitch days where companies try to nab military funding after a short presentation and the swipe of a Pentagon credit card. The first space-centric pitch day came in November 2019, followed by this inaugural, multinational event a year later on Nov. 16.
Air Force nurses in North Dakota

DOD Deploying Medical Personnel, More on Standby As COVID-19 Cases Surge

The Defense Department deployed dozens of medical personnel to two states and one territory to bolster civilian medical facilities battling COVID-19, and hundreds more remain on standby as the pandemic surges. Sixty-seven Air Force nurses and other personnel deployed to hospitals and long-term care facilities in North Dakota, while 62 medical personnel deployed to three hospitals in El Paso, Texas, and a critical care team is operating out of a hospital in Guam. DOD personnel also are helping with telemedicine on the island, said Kenneth R. Rapuano, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, in a Nov. 24 briefing. In addition, there are hundreds of personnel on prepare-to-deploy orders, and more than 20,000 National Guardsmen deployed across 52 states and territories to help with the response, he said.
The Pentagon

Pentagon Begins Transition to Biden Administration

Defense Department officials have started meeting with President-elect Joe Biden's representatives after the Government Services Administration on Nov. 23 made government resources available to begin the transition. Washington Headquarters Services Director Thomas M. Muir, in a Nov. 24 briefing, told reporters that while the initial meetings between the agency review team and Defense Department leaders have been via teleconference, the Pentagon has set aside space for the team to come in and start working.

Radar Sweep

Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19

Air Force Magazine

Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Air Force to Reorganize Network, Security Groups Under Single Entity

C4ISRNET

This spring, the service is conducting an experiment in which it will collapse the 690th Cyberspace Operations Group—focused on network operations—the 26th Cyber Operations Group—focused on security operations—and the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group into a single entity, according to Col. Joshua Rockhill, commander of the 26th Cyberspace Operations Group, who spoke Nov. 18 during a virtual presentation as part of an AFCEA Alamo chapter conference.

US B-52H trains with Colombian Air Force, Ecuadorian Navy

USAF release

Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft participated in “Brother’s Shield,” a Colombian Air Force led exercise, and in “UNITAS LXI,” an Ecuadorian Navy led exercise, in the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility Nov. 8.

Cold War Era Munitions Storage to Be Restored at Barksdale Air Force Base

Bossier NOW

A $13.9 million restoration of the Munition Storage Area at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is in the works. The project is replacing aged infrastructure built during the Cold War, to a mission critical facility. “The U.S. Air Force has been spending lots of Operations and Maintenance appropriations to keep this infrastructure going the past few years,” said Darin Bailey, resident engineer at Barksdale AFB. “This base supports over 40 B-52 Stratofortress bombers. Bottom line is they can’t perform their mission without having munitions readily available.”

Watch an F-35 Drop a B61 Nuclear Bomb in This First-Ever Declassified Video

The Drive

Sandia National Laboratories, in cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the U.S. Air Force, recently completed a round of flight tests as part of the integration of the new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb onto the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter. Sandia has also released first-of-its-kind video footage of one of these test sorties, which involved the first-ever release of an inert version of this weapon from an internal bomb bay on a plane flying faster than the speed of sound and that also provides an unprecedented look at the bomb's rocket spin stabilization system.

To Boost Its Military Space Business, Lockheed Martin Turns to Commercial Players

SpaceNews

A contract to build 10 satellites for the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency for $187.5 million is small for a company with $65 billion in annual sales. But Lockheed Martin sees it as a significant win, executives said, because it positions the company for a changing DOD space market that wants access to the latest commercial innovations. Lockheed Martin and York Space Systems each will build 10 satellites for the Space Development Agency’s Transport Layer mesh network that will provide global high-speed broadband to military users.