The Space Force swears in hundreds of new members and promises a test-free advancement system. The Air Force takes the “red pill” and a giant leap toward enabling JADC2. Next Generation Air Dominance breaks flight records ... and more. Air Force Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tobias Naegele and News Editor Amy McCullough highlight the key takeaways from AFA's virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Draft rules for potential airstrikes, drawn up after an al-Shabab attack at a base in January, are said to be limited and would require Kenyan assent.
President Donald J. Trump on Sept. 15 acknowledged that he wanted to assassinate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons in 2017, contradicting his own previous denial of the incident and undercutting a recent assertion that he stops war-hungry Defense Department leaders from starting new wars.
Less than a month into his tenure as the Air Force’s new chief of staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. put his commanders on notice that they will have to change quickly to prepare for the next war—or risk losing to an adversary such as China or Russia. The details of Brown’s call to “accelerate change or lose” will begin taking form at the Air Force’s fall meeting of its most senior leaders, called Corona.
One of the Pentagon’s key software development leaders said the Air Force is getting ready for a significant showcase of the service’s ability to push out software updates to warfighters in the coming weeks. “We're working on pretty cool announcements coming in the next few weeks with the ability to update the software of a jet while flying,” Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer for the U.S. Air Force, said during a Sept. 15 webinar. “So that’s the kind of stuff that will be game changing.”
Flanked by veterans, their families, and advocates, Jon Stewart, the former host of Comedy Central's “Daily Show,” spent several minutes of a Sept. 15 press conference in Washington railing against the federal government's insistence that building a fleet of newfangled jets (some of which don't work) is a better use of taxpayer dollars than caring for our war-wounded and ill.
Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive of Google, has stepped down as the first chairman of the Defense Innovation Board, with former Sierra Nevada executive Mark Sirangelo taking over as head of the influential panel.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is on the forefront of federal network development and is considering how Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) can help it provide network capabilities across the Defense establishment.
The director is responsible for the successful and efficient administration of key functions of the StellarXplorers Program, a national high school space challenge, including business and competition operations for all competitions, camps, and new initiatives as they may develop. The director provides oversight, support, and guidance to the managers and coordinators who execute program development, outreach, and competition management, as well as support and maintenance for all aspects of technical support and required hardware and software.
Despite the successful demonstration of a launch to polar orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the U.S. Space Force doesn’t foresee shifting launches to those orbits there from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Active-duty service members who die from an incident that was not in support of combat operations would no longer be eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery under a new proposed rule posted Sept. 15 to the Federal Register.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, has written the Defense Department's director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program for reassurances that the Pentagon is doing what it can to encourage and support voting among deployed service members and those stationed abroad.
President Donald J. Trump awarded seven California National Guard Soldiers the Distinguished Flying Cross on Sept. 14 for rescuing 242 campers trapped by the massive Creek Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the afternoon of Sept. 5 and into the early morning hours the next day.