Last year’s defense policy bill passed without language championed by Rep. Donald Norcross that would have gradually increased ‘Buy American’ requirements for major defense programs to 100 percent by 2026.
Decisions made using incomplete data can jeopardize the success of the mission and risk the lives of warfighters. Ensuring that personnel have complete, accurate, real-time data at the point and moment of need is crucial, but disconnected systems and sources limit this capability. The challenge is compounded by the growing requirement to coordinate data across domains to support joint operations—a central objective of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). In the first of a three-part series, Elastic spells out the challenges to data access and the opportunities to use real-time information as a mission enabler without needing to move, consolidate, or duplicate resources.
Army officials said March 30 the service does not believe its push to develop new long-range, deep strike fires and work on new concepts for operating as an “inside force” will conflict with Air Force and Marine Corps roles for future operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Air Force is seeing limited success using AI “decision aids” to help operators sort through and integrate vast amounts of data to create actionable information for commanders, says Air Force Research Laboratory’s Jean-Charles Ledé.
Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship on March 30 as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert.
The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to expand testing of its commercial space internet services experiment to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, awarding Lockheed Martin a $12.7 million contract modification on March 29 that includes funds for the aircraft’s first flight test.
NASA sought congressional approval to talk with Chinese counterparts and obtain information on the orbit of China’s new Mars spacecraft, a move intended to lower the risk of a collision with other Mars orbiters.
Northrop Grumman [NOC] is watching planned U.S. Air Force tests this year of the company’s Freedom 550 gateway radio on Lockheed Martin [LMT] U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the related Freedom Pod under the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Ghost Reaper concept.
The United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has established a three-year multinational project arrangement that authorizes the loan of military code (M-code) capable GPS precise positioning service receiver cards to partnering nations for laboratory and field testing.
Australia's Air Force chief says planning is underway for a new military "space command" amid growing global competition for supremacy in the skies well above Earth.
China successfully launched the Gaofen-12 (02) satellite on March 30, marking the latest in a line of high resolution satellites to boost the country’s Earth observation capabilities.
Taiwan has decided to buy an upgraded version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s Patriot surface-to-air missile, the air force said on March 31, as the island bolsters its forces to guard against a rising threat from China.
The U.S. Air Force’s iconic Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber will be celebrated in Conor Daly’s livery for the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet IndyCar this year.