127th Cyber Operations Squadron joins the fight

Space Force’s Plan for Cyber Warriors

The Space Force is hashing out how to incorporate offensive cyber operations into its future combat plans, as the new service charts a path forward for the cyber-focused Airmen who transfer in, officials said during a recently livestreamed town hall. The Space Force at first is looking at bringing in about 130 cyber officers and around 1,000 enlisted members. Those transfers will largely handle defensive cyber operations, though Space Force cyberspace operations division chief Col. Aaron Gibson indicated that may change. Offensive cyber operations are “definitely something we’re looking at as we’re starting to write our cyber strategy,” Gibson said.
Minnesota National Guard protect Capitol

15 States Activate Guard to Help Quell Unrest

About 5,000 National Guard personnel—including more than 375 Air National Guardsmen—had been activated as of the morning of May 31 "in response to civil disturbances" that erupted after the death of George Floyd, according to the National Guard Bureau. An additional 2,000 Guard forces were on deck if the situation demanded, the bureau noted. “The situation is fluid so those numbers can change rapidly,” an NGB release stated.
B-1s in Europe

B-1s Fly with Ukrainian, Turkish Jets over Black Sea

Two B-1B Lancers on May 29 flew another long-range bomber task force flight to Eastern Europe, integrating with Ukrainian fighter jets and Turkish KC-135s for the first time, as well as with multiple other allied nations. The flight of B-1s from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., marked a rare trip into the Black Sea region. In response, Russia scrambled Su-27P and Su-30SM fighters to intercept, the Russian Defense Ministry announced, posting a video of the intercept on their YouTube channel. The B-1s flew direct to the region, first integrating with Polish F-16s and MiG-29s, then Romanian F-16s and MiG-21s. The Polish and Romanian aircraft provided escort and combat patrol overwatch while in the Black Sea region, U.S. Air Forces in Europe said in a release.
ALS Class 20-B Graduates

USAF Official Song Now Completely Gender Neutral

The Air Force finalized updates to its official song to be more inclusive, removing male-only references to reflect the “central role that women play” in the service. USAF Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced the changes in late February, saying “we are a profession of arms, we do the nation’s business, and it has to reflect all of us and who we aspire to be.” The service in March changed the third verse of the song, and on May 29 announced all male-only references have been changed. Goldfein, in a release, said the changes were made with “careful consideration” to ensure they are adding to, not subtracting from, the service.
Operation Noble Eagle

Four COCOMS Join Forces to Test U.S. Air Defense Capabilities

A B-1B Lancer will play the bad guy and try to penetrate U.S. airspace in a large force exercise that will bring together assets and players from four combatant commands, as well as North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Navy’s Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Northern Command announced on May 29. The command did not release a date for the air defense exercise, but said it’s “a first of its kind” aimed at demonstrating U.S. and Canadian capabilities. “Leading complex multi-combatant command operations across multiple domains demonstrates our readiness to defend our homeland regardless of COVID-19,” NORTHCOM commander USAF Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy said in the release. “The high-end training we are conducting enables integration between strategic-level organizations who all play a significant role in the most important mission for our nation—defending our homeland.”
52nd FW participates in 'hot-pit refueling' ACE exercise

Ramstein Airmen, Spangdahlem F-16s Practice Agile Combat Employment

Agile Combat Employment, a push to expand Airmen's capabilities beyond their regular job so they can be more flexible in a fight, will quickly become second nature in U.S. Air Forces in Europe, as wings are tasked with practicing the idea multiple times per month. This played out May 28 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where Airmen with the 435th Contingency Response Squadron, whose main job is maintenance on mobility aircraft, quickly refueled F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing while the engines were running for a quick combat turn. USAFE and Pacific Air Forces officials recently met to develop a joint summary on the concept to present to the Air Staff, explaining how ACE can be spread across the force, USAFE boss Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian told Air Force Magazine earlier this month.

Virtual Events: Guastella on Mitchell’s ‘Aerospace Nation,’ and More

On Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. EST, the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies will host USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella for a discussion about how the service is maintaining aircraft and pilot readiness, the development of the Advanced Battle Management System, and what it means to optimize force structure design to counter future threats as part of the think tank's “Aerospace Nation” series. Advanced registration is required. Click here to sign up for the live event.

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.

Army Invites Air Force ABMS To Big Network Test: Project Convergence

Breaking Defense

Called Project Convergence, the exercise will test sharing of targeting data amongst the Army’s newest weapons, including aerial scouts, long-range missile launchers, and armored vehicles. The Army also wants to plug in its new anti-aircraft and missile defense systems, Army Futures Command head Gen. Mike Murray told reporters, but those technologies are at a critical juncture in their own individual test programs—some of which was delayed by COVID—and they may not be ready on time for this fall.

19th Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command Receive Final C-130J

USAF release

With the historic aircraft delivery, which is the final C-130J to arrive from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., continues to be the largest C-130J operator in the world —Home of Herk Nation. The base now boasts a C-130J fleet of 47 aircraft between both the 19th Airlift Wing and 314th Airlift Wing.

Researchers Choose SoarTech to Develop Artificial Intelligence for Manned and Unmanned Dogfighting

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. military researchers needed a company to find ways of increasing trust in combat autonomy using human-machine collaboration in aircraft dogfighting. They found their solution from SOAR Technology Inc. (SoarTech) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Officials from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $4.8 million contract to SoarTech on May 27 for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) project.

Faster Acquisition

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.

Trump to Nominate New NBC Leader as White House Eyes Nuke Tests

Breaking Defense

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Lucas Polakowski as the next assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, the White House said May 27, as the administration debates whether it will resume nuclear testing “within months.”

Annual DOD Warrior Games Canceled amid COVID Concerns

USMC release

As the lead planners for the 2020 Warrior Games, the Marine Corps announced the decision to cancel the Games, citing the paramount concerns for the health and well-being of the 300 U.S. military Active-duty and veteran athletes, international military teams, and residents within the greater San Antonio area.

Martha McSally Didn’t Want to Be a Fighter Pilot—Until She Was Told No

Military.com

McSally spoke with Military.com about the debut of her first book, "Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up," which explores her career in the Air Force, loss, grief, being a rape survivor, her unwavering purpose, and championing women. She launched the book along with the website daretofly.us, where readers can contact her and share their personal stories.

One More Thing

Ben & Jerry's Launches New Limited Flavor ‘Boots on the Moooo'n’

Space.com

What do NASA, Netflix, and Ben & Jerry's now have in common? They all have orders to put boots on the moon. "Boots on the Moooo'n," Ben & Jerry's latest Limited Batch flavor, is inspired by Netflix's newest original, "Space Force," which launched on the streaming video service on May 29.