A pilot from the Montana Air National Guard was one of three American firefighters killed when a Canadian firefighting company’s C-130 crashed Jan. 23 while battling the wildfires raging across Australia.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper provided a brief budget preview Jan. 22, telling reporters the Pentagon intends to invest new money in weapon system modernization. The Defense Department, along with the rest of the federal government, is scheduled to submit its budget to Congress on Feb. 10.
The medical group at Yokosuka Air Base in Japan is warning US military personnel to be aware of symptoms of the deadly virus originating from Wuhan, China, after a case was reported in nearby Kanagawa prefecture, home to Yokosuka Naval Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, and the US Army’s Camp Zama.
"There must be clarity about the character of possible conflict with Iran. The flawed strategies applied over the last 19 years in Afghanistan and Iraq are not the answer to waging war with Iran. Those strategies involved deploying hundreds of thousands of ground forces in the region to conduct prolonged occupation, nation building, and counterinsurgency operations—none of which would be applicable to Iran. Rather, any action against Iran should be modeled after the decisive take-down of Iraq applied in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when aerospace power was used for 43 days," writes retired Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute.
A drone attack carried out by US forces earlier this month in western Afghanistan that apparently targeted a splinter Taliban group also killed at least 10 civilians, including three women and three children, an Afghan rights official and a council member said Jan. 22. According to the Afghan official, who is on the country’s Human Rights Commission, the strike took place in western Herat province, in the district of Shindanad.
The organization is looking for developed technology it can deploy right now.
The Air Force is pushing ABMS as the backbone for future Joint All Domain Command and Control. Can the network scale up from hundreds of aircraft to thousands of ground troops?
The Air Force awarded Raytheon a $442 million contract Jan. 16 to develop new technology that will allow the B-52 and RC-130 aircraft to utilize the nation’s advanced anti-jamming communications satellites. The contract is part of the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) program, an effort to replace legacy communication terminals with secure, nuclear-survivable terminals capable of utilizing the nation’s most secure communications satellites for protected communications—including Presidential and National Voice Conferencing—and nuclear command and control.
The Pentagon will again make public the decisions of the boards responsible for reviewing the dismissals of military personnel seeking to upgrade their discharges or correct their military records.
Maj. Josh Gunderson, who goes by the callsign “Cabo,” will lead the 14-member demo team for both the 2020 and 2021 show seasons.