The U.S. military must widen opportunity and improve advancement for Black service members, who remain vastly underrepresented in some areas, including among Air Force pilots and in the most senior ranks, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said May 5. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley told a Howard University ROTC commissioning ceremony that diversity is an important strength of the military but is still inadequate. “We must get better,” he said.
“… Arguably, chaplains are the most dynamic professionals in the military. Besides dozens of smaller responsibilities, four core duties compete for a chaplain’s precious time: Congregational pastor, confidential counselor, commander’s advisor, and unit chaplain. As my squadron’s chaplain’s assistant used to say, ‘Chaplains are pastors to some, chaplains to all,’” writes Air Force Col. Denny R. Davies, national security affairs fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, in The Hill.
The Air Force school to prepare Airmen to become high-end cyber defenders will introduce an online training tool in its upcoming curriculum. U.S. Cyber Command mandated that all services must adopt the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) at schoolhouses. Designed as the premier training tool for the Department of Defense cyber force, PCTE allows Cyber Command’s warriors to log on from anywhere in the world for individual or group training and mission rehearsals.
Frosty’s made of it, kids play in it, and Christmas carolers sing about it. And now we know bomb blasts can be hushed with it. That’s what a team of innovative Airmen in Alaska confirmed recently during a four-day experiment into how effective snow is at dampening dangerous shockwaves from ordnance blasts. Ordnance teams normally use sand or water barriers for that job.
Pentagon officials are considering new restrictions on service members’ interactions with far-right groups, part of the military’s reckoning with extremism, but the measures could trigger legal challenges from critics who say they would violate First Amendment rights.
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has contracted low-Earth orbit broadband venture OneWeb to demonstrate managed satcom services in strategic Arctic locations. Project prime contractor Hughes Network Systems, a OneWeb investor supplying parts of its ground segment, will test the services between certain U.S. Northern Command sites.
It’s that time of year when the defense establishment tries to predict what will be included in the President’s defense budget request and what will be left out. Lobbyists, experts, and journalists analyze—or, more often, over analyze—just about every word uttered by any defense official, looking for hints and clues about what the military wants or doesn’t. Here are a few things we already know: The 2022 Pentagon budget request will total $715 billion, up from the $705 billion Congress appropriated for this year. …
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has contracted Bell to research a high-speed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The laboratory granted Bell a $950,000 contract to conduct applied research into the concept, it disclosed in an online notice posted on April 28. … The research contract comes several months after the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) said it was looking ahead for a VTOL aircraft with “jet speeds” to replace its Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
A SpaceX Starship prototype successfully carried out a brief suborbital flight May 5 after four previous vehicles were destroyed during or shortly after landing. The Starship SN15 vehicle lifted off from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas, test site at 6:24 p.m. Eastern. The vehicle flew to an altitude of approximately 10 kilometers before descending and landing back at the test site six minutes after liftoff.