Daily Report

Oct. 14, 2020
Brig. Gen. Heath Collins

Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile Becomes High-Priority USAF Project

The Air Force is moving forward with a new Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile as one of its top two hypersonic weapons programs, Weapons Program Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Heath Collins said in a recent interview. The service has discussed similar efforts underway in its hypersonic portfolio but has not yet named HACM as a central project. HACM is envisioned for use in conventional strike weapons on fighter and bomber aircraft, according to the Air Force Research Laboratory.
U.S. Capitol

Congress Approves Extra Funds for Some Aerospace Programs

Lawmakers have approved a slew of funding shifts the Pentagon requested in June to pay officers, avoid hiring freezes in the Department of the Air Force, and set up U.S. Space Command, among other priorities. The Defense Department routinely asks the House and Senate Appropriations and Armed Services committees to let the military move money between accounts in a process known as reprogramming. This omnibus reprogramming request looked to shuffle more than $2 billion in fiscal 2019 and 2020 dollars.
DAF suicide prevention training

Air Force Creates Suicide Prevention Training for Families

The Department of the Air Force has released its first-ever video-based suicide prevention training for USAF and Space Force families. The online course, entitled “Equipping Family Members to Help Airmen in Distress,” educates viewers on different ways they can intervene and how to access resources at their disposal, according to a release. The course is meant to piggyback off of last year’s Resilience Tactical Pause, which aimed to give units across the Total Force a chance to halt operations, check in on their Airmen, and address issues of suicide prevention and resilience in the wake of record-high suicides among service members.

European Leaders Urge US to Extend New START

Leaders from 20 European nations are calling on the United States to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, commonly referred to as New START, saying the agreement has “directly contributed” to the stabilization of European security. New START, which is slated to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, “is the only remaining agreement that limits the nuclear forces of the United States of America and the Russian Federation,” states the Oct. 13 letter, addressed to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.

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.

NatSec AI Commission Urges New Vice President-Led Council

Breaking Defense

A new Technology Competitiveness Council led by the vice president is needed to spur the rapid proliferation of AI capabilities across America to outpace China, says the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Marine Corps Creates New MOS for MQ-9 Reaper Pilots

Marine Corps Times

The Marine Corps has created a new military occupational specialty, or MOS: the 7318 for MQ-9 Reaper pilots, according to an administrative message signed Oct. 9. The new MOS was created as the Corps looks to expand its unmanned capabilities as it looks toward a war with China.

One More Thing

Here's Your 2021 Military Retiree and VA Disability Pay Raise

Military.com

Military retirees, those who receive disability or other benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, federal retirees and Social Security recipients will see a 1.3 percent increase in their monthly checks for 2021. The annual Cost Of Living Allowance is slightly less than the 1.6 percent increase from last year but in line with the historical increases seen over the last 10 years.