The U.S. Air Force says it has conducted its first test of the high-explosive blast-fragmentation warhead that will go inside the boost-glide vehicle that sits at the tip of its AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile, or ARRW. This comes as the service is expected to try again to conduct a live-fire test of the weapon's rocket booster later this month, following its first failed attempt back in April.
“Two things I can never have enough of as a commander are information and the time to consider it. Unfortunately, today’s strategic landscape offers me less of both than I’ve had in the past. For much of the past three decades, the U.S. military was able to project power across the globe without worrying about a conventional attack on its homeland. This level of security was unique, and it allowed the United States to address threats while they remained far away from U.S. shores. However, America’s adversaries have not been standing still. The country now faces competitors capable of striking discrete military targets or critical infrastructure in the United States using cyber weapons, hypersonic missiles, or other limited conventional means of attack. This makes the country less safe, limits the options available to senior U.S. leaders in a crisis, and could rapidly degrade the military’s ability to surge forces from the homeland into other theaters,” writes Gen. Glen D. Van Herck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
The Air Force’s list of career specialties eligible for the Selective Retention Bonus program has edged up slightly to 39, but the number remains low by historical standards due to the service’s record-high retention levels.
The U.S. Space Force opened a new satellite operations center July 7 at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico designed to advance the still nascent service’s space war-fighting capabilities. The Rendezvous and Proximity (REPR) Satellite Operations Center was established by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Innovation and Prototyping Directorate as a new workspace to drive on-orbit experimentation and demonstrations with prototype satellites and payloads.
China's rapidly growing military has added dizzying numbers of ships and aircraft, but the fastest-growing platform may be its airlifters, the heavy-duty planes designed to haul troops and supplies.
When Troy Carter was an infantryman with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, he spent many hours standing in the heat of a concrete watchtower overlooking Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Beneath the blazing sun, Carter wore heavy body armor, a helmet, and a long-sleeved battle dress uniform, but the Army would not let him take off any of it. Countless other American service members have been in Carter’s situation over the past two decades of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and other countries where the summer heat is unbearable. But the Air Force may have a solution.
The project will be part of a portfolio of related efforts supporting the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept.
Senior Airman Ivanna Jenkins won a lot of hearts last week when Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass, the service’s top enlisted leader, surprised her with a promotion at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In a viral video of the promotion, Bass made Jenkins panic for a second by asking, “Jenkins, did you know you’re out of uniform?” which would be quite embarrassing in front of such a senior Airman. But a moment later, Bass cleared the air by presenting Jenkins with the rank badge of a Senior Airman. To make it even more special, the promotion was below-the-zone, a program where a skilled Airman First Class such as Jenkins can be promoted to the E-4 rank of Senior Airman six months earlier than usual.
The 70-year-old Branson and the rest of his Unity 22 crew will depart from Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, on Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo vehicle.
The Lithuanian and Spanish presidents had to abandon their press conference in a hurry while the jet behind them scrambled out of the hangar.