D.C., Virginia, Maryland Guard Personnel Responding to Chaos in Capitol

The entire District of Columbia National Guard, along with Guard personnel from Virginia, were activated Jan. 6 after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building, with more violence expected across Washington, D.C. throughout the night. Pentagon leaders spoke with Vice President Michael R. Pence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), about the activity at the Capitol building and activated the entire D.C. National Guard to help federal and law enforcement, Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller said in a statement. “We are prepared to provide additional support as necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities,” Miller said. “Our people are sworn to defend the constitution and our democratic form of government and they will act accordingly.”
U.S. Senator Jack Reed Visits Deployed Troops

Defense Policy Turns Blue as Democrats Flip Senate

Democrats appear poised to run defense policy in both congressional chambers for the first time in 10 years, as the party has won control of the Senate with narrow victories in two Jan. 5 Georgia runoff races. The results come at the end of a tumultuous election cycle that has handed Democrats unified control of the White House and Congress after a decade of split government. It’s a notable shift as the Pentagon prepares for stagnant budgets in part due to the coronavirus pandemic and an expected shift toward domestic priorities, and as the military plans for an era dominated by geopolitical conflict with Russia and China rather than counterterrorism operations.
Gen Hyten Visit to USAFA

Hyten: JROC Will Soon Set Joint Spectrum Requirements

In a first, the Pentagon's Joint Requirements Oversight Council will give the services requirements they must meet to fulfill joint electromagnetic spectrum and electronic warfare demands, JROC chairman and Joint Chiefs Vice Chair Gen. John E. Hyten said. The recent EMS strategy specifies capabilities that the services, not a joint entity, must provide, but the JROC will have to integrate them with common standards. U.S. Strategic Command will also get a boost in EMS resources before it transfers the mission to another, yet-undetermined entity, he said.
Strike Eagles get refueled over Iraq

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

The air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria continues, as the U.S. withdraws forces from the region and the operation has largely fallen off the public’s radar. Throughout November 2020, the coalition conducted 14 airstrikes consisting of 34 total engagements in Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve on Jan. 6. In Iraq, this included 22 engagements resulting in 35 ISIS fighters killed and one weapons cache destroyed. In Syria, the coalition conducted seven strikes consisting of 12 engagements, though the results of those strikes were not disclosed. The total is a sharp drop from previous years.
Secaf Niger

Secretary Barrett Visits Niger, Nigeria

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett visited Niger and Nigeria Jan. 4-5 to increase USAF cooperation with the two countries, including the deliveries of new aircraft. On Jan. 4, Barrett visited Niger, where USAF has operating bases, to participate in a ceremony for the delivery of the country’s first C-130. The U.S. military has since 2015 provided more than $30 million to develop the Nigerien Air Force’s C-130 program, including training, spare parts, infrastructure, fuel and support equipment, according to a U. S. Embassy release. The delivery of the aircraft makes Niger the 70th country to fly the aircraft. Barrett also visited Nigeria Jan. 4-5, with a key focus of the meetings on the Air Force’s plan to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft starting this year. The Air Force plans to train 60 Nigerian pilots, instructors, and maintainers over 12 years largely at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

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.

Navy Secretary: US Plans Patrols Near Russian Arctic Bases

Breaking Defense

The Navy will start regularly sailing near Russian land claims in the increasingly ice-free Arctic, challenging Moscow’s push in the High North, Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite said Jan. 5. “You will see the Navy operating again in a more permanent manner above the Arctic Circle,” Braithwaite told reporters in what is likely his last interview before the Biden administration takes over on Jan. 20.

The British Pick MBDA’s Spear 3 Cruise Missile for Their F-35s

Defense News

British F-35B combat jets are to be equipped with a new mini cruise missile following the signing of a £550 million (U.S. $750 million) production contract by the Ministry of Defence and contractor MBDA, the company announced Jan. 6. The deal should see the Spear 3 missile achieve initial operational capability on the aircraft in 2025, making it the primary air-to-ground weapon for the Lockheed Martin-built jets now coming into service with the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

SPONSORED—VIDEO: 4 Principles of Agile JADC2 Development

Air Force Magazine

Innovation has always been a hallmark of the U.S. Air Force. But with the accelerating pace of technology development, the service needs a new approach to modern design to make the latest technologies profoundly more accessible.

PODCAST: DOD Taps National Spectrum Consortium to Help Develop 5G

Federal News Network’s “Federal Drive with Tom Temin” podcast

The Defense Department has hired the National Spectrum Consortium to help it develop 5G communications applications. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with National Spectrum Consortium Chair Sal D’Itri to find out what they plan to do.

The Pentagon Has 3 Years to Strip Confederate Names from Bases. Here’s What Comes Next


Lawmakers' rebuke of President Donald J. Trump's efforts to tank annual defense policy legislation last week has paved the way for a yearslong process to remove the names of Confederate leaders from military bases and scrub other monuments to the secession. But there are still unanswered questions about the nascent process, which must kick off by March, including who will ultimately pick the new names of bases, who will serve on the panel, and whether President-elect Joe Biden could preempt some of the panel's work with a speedier executive action of his own after Inauguration Day.