President Joe Biden

Biden Pledges Tougher Line on Russia, China, and End to Saudi-Led Yemen War Support

President Joe Biden outlined a return to a diplomacy-intensive foreign policy in a speech at the State Department Jan. 4. He pledged to “push back” against Russian and Chinese aggression, and said the U.S. will no longer aid Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen, to include withholding “offensive” arms sales. The U.S. will again stand against human rights abuses and authoritarianism, and make its alliances its top military priority, Biden said.

DOD Makes Masks Mandatory on All US Military Installations

The Defense Department on Feb. 4 issued an order requiring all service members and civilians on U.S. military installations—whether indoors or outdoors—to wear a mask to try to limit the spread of COVID-19, with limited exceptions. However, vaccines against the new coronavirus remain voluntary, and a number of military family members have told Blue Star Families they don't plan on getting a shot.
AFRL Assumption of Command - Brig Gen Heather L Pringle

AFRL Building Space Force Ties, Digital Engineering Plans

The Air Force Research Laboratory is kicking off 2021 with plans to forge closer ties with the fledgling Space Force and a new focus on digital engineering. AFRL boss Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle laid out the lab’s priorities in a Feb. 4 talk with AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. As AFRL now covers science and technology initiatives for two of the armed forces instead of just one, she said they’re working to align programs with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond’s top research needs: space security, space domain awareness, combat power projection, information mobility, and mobility and logistics in space.
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Congressional Defense Panels Name New Members, Subcommittees

Congressional defense committees are moving forward on their work in 2021 with the addition of a few new faces and subcommittees. Senate leadership has hammered out the details of an organizing resolution that dictates how the evenly divided chamber will operate, opening the door for committee chairmanships to flip to Democratic control and for members to shuffle on and off the legislative panels. And the House Armed Services Committee is bringing on more than a dozen new members and splitting an existing subcommittee into two new groups.

Operation Inherent Resolve Reports Uptick in Strikes on ISIS

U.S. and coalition aircraft closed out 2020 with a slight increase in airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, as the group lingers in the region and attempts to regain power. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, coalition aircraft conducted 25 strikes, consisting of 41 engagements. This included 10 strikes against ISIS in Iraq, consisting of 25 engagements killing 49 ISIS fighters and destroying one defensive fighting location, according to a Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve release. In Syria, the coalition conducted 15 strikes, totaling 16 engagements. This compares to 14 total airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in November, according to OIR data.

30 Years after Desert Storm: Feb. 5-7

In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.

Radar Sweep

What the Space Force Is, and Isn’t


While cosmic ambitions are the long-term vision of some military space strategists, the Space Force’s primary mission these days seems to be separating fact from fiction, and often science fiction.

OPINION: Five Progressive Reasons Why President Biden Shouldn’t Cut The Pentagon Budget


“[President Joe] Biden faces a tough challenge holding together razor-thin Democratic majorities in Congress, so there may be some sentiment within the administration for throwing the left a bone by moderating military spending,” writes Loren Thompson, the chief operating officer of the nonprofit Lexington Institute and CEO of Source Associates. “However, trimming military outlays might not have the positive impact that progressives expect.”

AFA’s Mitchell Institute Launches Second Podcast Series

“Aerospace Nation” podcast on Podbean

The Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute is adding another podcast channel to its virtual content offerings by expanding its “Aerospace Nation” video interview series into the podcast format. So if you’d like to hear what top leaders in the Air Force and Space Force are saying while you are on the treadmill or on the road, tune into this new outlet. This offering will join Mitchell’s highly successful “Aerospace Advantage” podcast via all podcast distribution outlets and may also be found on Mitchell’s website.