The U.S on Feb. 3 extended a key nuclear arms treaty with Russia just days before it was set to expire, even as the Biden administration escalated criticism of the Kremlin and set the stage for a rise in tensions.
Asked on Feb. 3 during a Defense Writers Group virtual event whether the mission resides within the Space Force's portfolio, Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond said though the mission has traditionally fallen to the intelligence community, the service is exploring whether it can develop a low-cost, small satellite to contribute to the broader capability.
"The last thing Congress intended when creating the Space Force was to end up with four different space forces," says the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Todd Harrison in a new analysis promoting a roles and missions review.
The head of the U.S. Space Force said it hasn't been easy to get the American public to understand what the military's newest branch does, but vowed to keep working on getting its message across.
Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., welcomed Gen. David W. Allvin during his first visit to the field as the Air Force’s Vice Chief of Staff, Jan. 29. The visit provided Allvin the opportunity to meet with—and personally recognize—the 341st Missile Wing’s Total Force Airmen who support, safeguard, and execute the nation’s long-range precision nuclear strike capability.
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.
The Russian military primarily relies on a dogfight missile the design of which dates back decades, but change could finally now be on the way.
As the world witnessed President Joe Biden take his oath of office on Jan. 20, he vowed to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again” as a “strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.” At the Pentagon, that could mean foreign military training programs, some of which came under attack during the Trump administration, could regain their previous status as what former Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper called a “critical long-term investment.”
In another remarkable chapter in the history of the A-12 Oxcart (as well as the M-21/YF-12A/SR-71 family of Lockheed Skunk Works aircraft), Mr. Thornton D. “TD” Barnes, prolific author and former Area 51 test engineer, has provided a series of fascinating photos from the early radar cross section tests of the Lockheed/CIA A-12. The photo series was posted to Facebook by TD Barnes in the last few days.