Editor’s Note

In observance of President's Day, the Daily Report will not publish on Monday, Feb. 15. We will resume publication on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
31st AMXS perform safe, expeditionary aircraft maintenance anytime, anywhere

Some Airmen See Tours Extended at Several Pacific, European Bases

Single Airmen and Guardians on their first duty assignments to 22 locations in the Pacific and Europe will now have to pack their bags for a longer stay—beginning next month, those tours will last three years instead of two. The Department of the Air Force announced the policy change to a 36-month overseas posting for first-timers on Feb. 11. “A 24-month tour was not adequate for our new Airmen and Guardians to thrive, nor was it enough time to provide the continuity needed for the unit,” Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said in a release.
Department of the Air Force

Air Force Launching Extremism Review as DOD Mulls Problem

The Department of the Air Force will conduct its own comprehensive assessment of white supremacy and other forms of extremism in its ranks, while senior leaders in the next few weeks begin to discuss the problem with Airmen and Guardians as part of a Pentagon-wide look at the issue. In question are the effects on the force—and the United States at large—of personnel who sympathize with or actively participate in local militia groups, white supremacist organizations, and other extremist factions. “There is a small subset who fall short and are eroding the respect our nation’s citizens have for its military,” Air Force and Space Force leaders wrote Feb. 11. “We have a responsibility to defend the nation for all Americans.”
Joint Base Andrews

Andrews Commander Addresses Breach, Teases Next Steps in Letter to Defenders

Joint Base Andrews’ installation commander expressed faith in the 316th Security Forces Squadron’s ability to do its job following a Feb. 4 breach at the Maryland installation and said he will push for more time and resources to help Airmen effectively guard the base, according to a Feb. 9 memo obtained by Air Force Magazine. “We must do better, we must learn from this unacceptable incident, and we must ensure an intrusion like ... this never happens again,” wrote Col. Tyler R. Schaff, who commands both the 316th Wing and its home base.
Resilience

Air Force Reviewing Support Services Amid Suicides, COVID-19

The Department of the Air Force is launching a review of its mental health, family advocacy, and other support programs for Airmen and Guardians, as part of an ongoing struggle with suicide in the ranks and to offer better care during the coronavirus pandemic. The task force is taking the long view, opting for an open-ended, five-year strategy that the department says can give leaders the flexibility they need to tailor support programs to their troops. That strategy is now in the works, and should be done by the end of March.
Oregon National Guard assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

DOD Rolls Out More COVID-19 Vaccines, Ramps Up FEMA Support

The Defense Department has administered more than 800,000 coronavirus vaccines to its personnel so far, as Active-duty troops begin heading out to help the general public get vaccinated as well. The Pentagon had ordered 1,040,825 vaccine doses as of Feb. 11, with 966,280 delivered to military treatment facilities across the globe, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. Of those, 800,135 doses have made it into people's arms—including 580,442 first shots and 210,693 second shots.

30 Years After Desert Storm: Feb. 12-15

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.

Virtual Events: AFSOC’s Slife on Mitchell Institute’s ‘Aerospace Nation’

On Feb. 16, the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies will host Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, on the next installment of its virtual “Aerospace Nation” series. The event discussion will cover AFSOC's priorities for the year, the development of emerging technologies for special operations, and the implementation of AFSOC's Strategic Guidance. The think tank will post event video on its website and YouTube page after the live event.

Radar Sweep

Subscription Required

Air Force Wants to Know If Key Pacific Airfield Could Disappear Under Rising Sea

Stars and Stripes

The Air Force is spending $1.75 million to gauge the effects of future sea-level rise at Wake Island Airfield, located on a remote Pacific atoll that is a key asset in America’s missile defense system. The “inundation study” was contracted out by the Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center in September and is slated for completion in March 2022, Pacific Air Forces said in a statement provided to Stars and Stripes on Feb. 10.

Culture, Not Tech, Is Obstacle to JADC2: JAIC

Breaking Defense

“This is not a panacea,” the deputy director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center says. “You can’t just sprinkle AI on all these legacy systems and expect them to work and talk together….That’s not how it works.”

DOD Grapples with How to Bring in New Space Technology to Military Systems

SpaceNews

The U.S. military has built “very exquisite” satellites that operate for decades and is now looking to transition to a different space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said Feb. 10 at the SmallSat Symposium.

Space Force Releases Draft RFP for Tactically Responsive Launch Missions

Inside Defense

The Space Force this week released a draft request for proposals for two Tactically Responsive Launch missions aimed at providing flexible small launch services. The service's initial launch capability target for TacRL-3 is April 2022 and for TacRL-4 is February 2023. Both launches are Category 1 missions.

OPINION: Air Force Must Address Inequalities, Lack of Opportunities for Hispanic Airmen

Air Force Times

“Based on our collective and personal experience as former senior leaders and minority officers, we suggest the Air Force immediately commission another [Independent Racial Disparity Review]-type review focusing on the largest ethnic minority in the U.S. Air Force, Hispanic Airmen,” write retired Air Force Brig. Gens. Ricardo Aponte and Carlos E. Martinez, members of the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance and the American College of National Security Leaders.

Bombardier to Lay Off 1,600, Halt Learjet Production

Reuters

Bombardier Inc said on Feb. 11 it would halt Learjet aircraft production and slash about 1,600 jobs this year as it becomes a pure-play business jet maker, after reporting an adjusted loss before interest and taxes for the fourth quarter due to COVID-19.

One More Thing

US Military Turns to New Supercomputers to Push the Limits of Weather Forecasting

Nextgov

Two new supercomputers named after a pair of iconic military meteorologists make up one powerful system now operational at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where it supports worldwide U.S. Army and Air Force weather modeling and forecasting operations. The roots of this sophisticated computational tool trace back to a $25 million contract unveiled in 2019. It was since built and recently delivered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise to the Tennessee-based national lab managing it, according to a press release.