Software Chief ‘Dropped The Mic’ as He Quit; Now Senior USAF Officials Say They’re Looking Into His Recommendations
“There are incidents almost every day. Either Chinese, or Russia—or both of them—intercept one of our platforms that are out flying missions almost every day, and multiple times in a day is not uncommon,” Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach said at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
On this episode of the DefAero Report Daily Podcast, with Vago Muradian, Space Force Lt. Gen. B. Chance “Salty” Saltzman discusses how to think about space threats, improving Space Force operations, deterring adversaries in space, a new generation of nuclear threats, and driving a culture of innovation; Eric Hein of Spirit AeroSystems discusses how the company is innovating design and production to expand its defense and space business; and John A. Tirpak of Air Force Magazine offers takeaways from Day 2 of the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The ability to rapidly load large hypersonic missiles onto Air Force bombers that are operating from remote airfields is of increasing importance.
Recruiting Women and People of Color Has Gotten Harder. The Air Force Thinks Diverse Leadership Will Help
Confronting drops in interest in joining the military among Black men, Hispanic men, and women in the past few years, Air Force leaders are trying to combat hesitancy with an aggressive push to show that the service has opportunities for all. That starts with developing more diversity in its leadership as well as in the ranks of pilots and Airmen in the operational career fields that often produce the service's top brass.
While many senior officials across the service have touted artificial intelligence and machine learning as keys to a more effective, data-driven Air Force, there currently is no organization within the Air Force that serves to defend the underlying algorithms once operational, Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations, said Sept. 22 at the Air Force Association’s 2021 Air, Space & Cyber conference.
"[The electromagnetic spectrum is] like the oxygen that surrounds us right now. You don't have a choice. You are in it," the Air Force's director of EMS superiority said.
The U.S. Space Force’s next-generation missile warning constellation will likely be delayed, pushing the launch of the first satellite beyond its anticipated 2025 launch date, according to a Sept. 22 Government Accountability Office report.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter is getting ready for its 14th Red Planet flight, but the thinning Martian air is making such sorties more and more challenging. The coming sortie, which could occur any day now, is a straightforward hop compared to some of the more daring scouting flights that Ingenuity has been making to aid NASA's Perseverance rover, mission team members said in a recent update. There's a good reason for the simplicity: The 4-pound chopper will test higher rotor spin speeds to see if it can keep flying in rapidly changing seasonal atmospheric conditions on Mars.