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KC-46, F-35 Provide Lessons for Future Testing, Pentagon Nominee Says

The nominee to take over the role of director of operational test and evaluation for the Pentagon told lawmakers Oct. 19 that lessons from the KC-46 and F-35 will prove useful to the testing community in the years to come. Guertin wrote in response to the Senate panel’s advanced policy questions that “digital technology, including strategic use of modeling and simulation, should be used much more frequently” to provide quicker, more incremental updates for systems. He also told the committee, “It’s especially important that the systems are tested the way they will be operated." 
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DOD Mum on China’s Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Weapon, Hints US Needs to Step It Up

Across the defense establishment, officials have declined to comment on a report that China fielded a nuclear-capable hypersonic weapon in August, but defense policy nominee Alexandra Baker told senators Oct. 19 there was a “sense of urgency” for the Defense Department to develop similar capabilities. For two days, DOD officials representing U.S. Space Command, the Pentagon, and the Defense Secretary declined to comment directly on the alleged Chinese capability, but senators were eager for information about the report during Baker's nomination hearing.

Ukraine Welcomes Austin but Calls for Air Defense and Vocal Support to Join NATO

Laying a wreath for fallen Ukrainian soldiers in the ongoing war with Russia, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III in Kyiv on Oct. 19 voiced support for the 30-year-old democracy, but Ukraine security experts say the Biden administration naively falls short and leaves Ukraine open to Russian invasion. "This administration is eager to have these predictable and stable relations with Russia,” a Ukrainian security expert and former diplomat said of President Joe Biden’s stated goals with his Russian counterpart. “They are not going to irritate [Putin] by boosting support and military hardware, or with the integration vis a vis NATO.”
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Right on Cue, North Korea Testing Ballistic Missiles, as Predicted by DIA

No sooner had the Defense Intelligence Agency issued its North Korean Military Power report, in which it predicted Pyongyang would resume ballistic missile tests, than North Korea did exactly that, lofting a submarine-launched ballistic missile Oct. 19. The test, in which an SLBM launched from the port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan, was detected and characterized by South Korea, which said the missile attained an altitude of about 40 miles, traveling about 280 miles downrange. Japan said two missiles were fired. The report reiterates DIA’s previously stated assessment that North Korea is focusing on ballistic missiles—and its nuclear program—to deter the U.S. from an attack.

Radar Sweep

‘We Go Together’: Space Force Chief Seeks Deeper Space Cooperation with South Korea


The Space Force’s top general expressed hope for deepening cooperation with South Korea’s military Oct. 18, saying “Katchi Kapshida,” which means “We go together” in Korean, a symbolic slogan of the long-standing South Korea-U.S. alliance. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond cited the slogan during his video message for the 22nd International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, a biennial event organized by the Republic of Korea Air Force.

Troops Opposed to the COVID-19 Vaccine Can Get a Waiver, but They’re Rare

Air Force Times

Fewer than 10 percent of the Active-duty force, and 30 percent of the total force, remain completely unvaccinated against COVID-19. Those who don’t have a medical reason but refuse to roll up their sleeves could face administrative or other repercussions, unless they are approved for a rather rare waiver for religious reasons. Determining how common religious exemptions are is difficult. Each of the services is in charge of the process and approval for their service members, and they track exemptions in their own ways.

Q&A: Defense Business Board Chair Deborah Lee James, on Helping Pentagon See ‘Forest for the Trees’

Defense News

Flat defense budgets may be looming. The military’s focus is shifting away from the Middle East to China and Russia. And bills on everything from modernization to AI to the nuclear enterprise are coming due. With that combination of high-stakes missions and financial pressures on the horizon, the Pentagon has never been in greater need of the Defense Business Board’s advice, new chairwoman Deborah Lee James said.

ANALYSIS: Rapid Pulse Laser Weapons Could Be the Pentagon’s Future Edge

Breaking Defense

“Most of the Pentagon’s current research in directed energy weapons concerns continuous-wave lasers, which use a beam to burn out optical sensors or gradually cause other material damage. But defense leaders are increasingly interested in ultrashort pulse lasers (USPLs), unimaginably high-powered beams fired for a tiny fraction of a second to vaporize a small portion of a target’s surface or disrupt its electronics,” writes Joe Shepherd, vice president of directed energy innovation at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Critical US Infrastructure Now Needs Surface-to-Air Missile Protection During a Crisis

The Drive

A senior officer at the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the command is actively engaged in discussions about how to optimize air-defense capabilities, including ground-based surface-to-air missiles, to protect domestic critical infrastructure in a crisis. He said the growing ability of potential adversaries to launch long-range conventional strikes, especially using advanced air, sea, and submarine-launched cruise missiles, has prompted new concerns about threats to the homeland, which is "not a sanctuary any longer."

16 Service Members Sue to Halt DOD's Vaccine Order

More than a dozen unidentified U.S. service members have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccine order, saying they have natural immunity from contracting the illness, are pregnant, or are trying to have a baby and don't want the vaccines. The lawsuit—the second filed by U.S. military personnel against DOD leadership and the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration—seeks exemptions from Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III's Aug. 25 mandate requiring the vaccine, as well as a temporary restraining order to stop the ongoing immunizations.


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For your situational awareness, it’s going to take "One Team, One Fight" for the Air Force to compete, deter, and win today and into the future. In this episode, the 26th Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall outlines some of his priorities that he hopes will ensure an edge over near-peer competition.

JWCC Cloud Contract Providers Will Have to Adhere to FedRAMP-like Cybersecurity Regime


Cloud providers selected for the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability contract will have to pass a cybersecurity test similar to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) regime, according to the Department of Defense’s chief information security officer. Speaking at a CyberWeek session presented by CyberScoop, David McKeown said the cybersecurity inspection for companies participating in the new enterprise-wide contract would be conducted by the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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Oregon Illegal Pot Grows: More Calls to Send National Guard

The Associated Press

On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms has gotten so bad and so brazen that Jackson County commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.”