Kathleen H. Hicks, President Joe Biden’s pick for deputy defense secretary, is expected to cruise through her Senate confirmation hearing on Feb. 2, paving her way into the Pentagon in the coming weeks. And when she gets there, experts said, she will have plenty to do.
Independent experts and the Pentagon’s hypersonics research and development director tell us a study of hypersonics by the Union of Concerned Scientists overlooks the very real advantages the new weapons offer the U.S.—and its adversaries.
The U.S. Space Force wants an open platform to process and distribute data from missile-warning satellites.
A Russian warplane conducted a low pass near the USS Donald Cook on Jan. 31 in the Black Sea, where the Navy has dispatched three ships for exercises. The Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bomber screeched past the U.S. destroyer while it was operating in international waters, the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet said in a statement.
Chinese bombers, fighters, and other military aircraft started flying markedly more sorties in the area just days after President Joe Biden took office.
Satisfied that the National Guard had secured the inauguration, Congress sent Guard members down into the parking garage to rest. But that slight belies passage of legislation that secured new benefits for the Guard. JC Cardinale is the Legislative Affairs manager at the National Guard Association of the United States, and he joined “Federal Drive with Tom Temin” for details.
The seven that are positive remain in isolation and are asymptomatic.
The Defense Department has awarded a Defense Production Act Title III technology investment agreement to Lynas Rare Earths Ltd., the largest rare earth element mining and processing company outside of China, according to a recent Pentagon announcement.
Here’s an adorable story to start your week: A pilot says goodbye to his young daughter as he deploys abroad, but, not wanting to feel too far from her, the pilot borrows one of her toys, a plush green duck. The pilot takes the duck on sorties and on video calls with his daughter. People notice the duck in the cockpit, and he becomes an unofficial mascot for the pilot’s fighter wing, with his orange-billed face shared across social media and on a morale patch.