The U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up on Hypersonics. Here’s How.

The United States is on a crash course to field prototype hypersonic weapons within three years, with more elaborate and mature systems to follow soon after. Flight tests will ramp up quickly this year, with follow-on tests as frequently as every six weeks over the next four years. But before the weapons can go mainstream, the U.S. must build the human and physical infrastructure to support them, said Michael E. White, the assistant director for hypersonics in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. James C. McConville

Army, Calling Itself an ‘All-Domain’ Force, Prioritizes Long-Range Strike

The Army's new vision dubs it an “All-Domain” Army and envisions “expanding … into the maritime, air, space, and cyber domains” while seizing new roles in long-range strike and suppressing enemy air defense. A new white paper released March 16 declares that, while part of the Joint force, the Army holds a pre-eminent role in combat by virtue of its size, and surmises that the other services should adopt its methodologies. Titled, “Army Multi-Domain Transformation: Ready to Win in Competition and Conflict,” and released by Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville, the paper envisions a “bold transformation” of Army organizations, weapons, and strategy, to “provide the Joint Force with the range, speed, and convergence of cutting-edge technologies that will be needed to provide future decision dominance and overmatch required to win the next fight.”
Biden press conference

US Prepared to Respond If North Korea Escalates After Ballistic Missile Test

President Joe Biden said the U.S. will “respond accordingly” if North Korea continues to escalate following the March 25 test launch of two short-range ballistic missiles, which he said violated a United Nations resolution. During his first press conference in office, he said the test launches show that North Korea is the top foreign policy crisis the U.S. faces. His administration is consulting with allies, and Biden said he is “prepared for some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”
Secretary Austin Visits Afghanistan

Biden: Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline ‘Hard to Meet,’ but Troops Will Leave Soon

President Joe Biden on March 25 reiterated that it will be difficult for U.S. forces to leave Afghanistan by the May 1 deadline, but said American troops will come home soon. “It’s hard to meet the May 1st withdrawal deadline,” Biden said during his first press conference in office. “We are working with our allies. We are not staying a long time. We will leave, the question is when we leave.” When asked if U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan next year, Biden was definitive, saying, “I can’t picture that being the case.”
Clarke SOCOM

SOCOM: ‘Stretched Thin’ Forces Need New Armed Overwatch Solution

U.S. special operations forces need a new armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft to fully support all its missions, Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 25. “In many remote areas, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and close air support assets are stretched thin and come at high cost,” he said. “We continue to work with DOD to address this issue.”

Radar Sweep

EXPLAINER: What North Korean Missile Tests Mean for US Relations

The Associated Press

New U.S. president, same old North Korean playbook. Almost. Two months after President Joe Biden took office, North Korea is again turning to weapons tests to wrest outside concessions. But the tests so far have been relatively small compared to past launches. That indicates Washington has a window of engagement before North Korea pursues bigger provocations.

Big New Interceptor Deal Part of Biden Missile Defense Push

Breaking Defense

“The real differentiator here is the acquisition strategy, with a lot of competition—a lot of ‘fly before you buy’—built in,” CSIS' Tom Karako says. “The relatively longer NGI development timeline for homeland ballistic missile defense can be mitigated by near-term improvements” in ground missile defense.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles in message to US

The Associated Press

North Korea on Thursday test-fired its first ballistic missiles since President Joe Biden took office as it expands its military capabilities and increases pressure on Washington while nuclear negotiations remain stalled.

One More Thing

WATCH: A Pilot’s View of the F-35

Quora

An F-35 pilot makes a video that looks to break down why he thinks the Joint Strike Fighter has garnered such “negative” attention lately.