The Pentagon's cross-functional team overseeing efforts to connect sensors and shooters for the military’s ambitious joint all-domain command and control initiative could phase out in the next three to five years, according to a top general. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis A. Crall said Nov. 4 that the Joint All Domain Command and Control Cross-Functional Team could phase out as the military services make progress rolling out capabilities to enable JADC2.
The United States needs a better strategy and more advanced tools for information operations, Lt. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, the Joint Staff’s chief information officer, said Nov. 4. The government has become slower and less confident in its approach, a reticence it can’t afford as artificial intelligence drastically increases the pace of messaging and information campaigns, said Crall, who is also the Joint Staff’s director for command, control, communications, computers, and cyber.
At Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md., 16 A-10C Thunderbolt II attack planes of the 104th Fighter Squadron lined up down the runway Nov. 3 for an ‘elephant walk,’ in which aircraft line up in formation on the airstrip. The ‘elephant walk’ tradition dates back to large numbers of World War II bombers taking off to attack targets in Europe, but the 104th used the maneuver as a chance to showcase “the capability of pilots, airfield operations, and maintainers of the 175th Wing,” according to a news release.
The German Air Force is preparing to send fighters, tankers, and transport aircraft across the world to the Asia-Pacific region in a little less than a year, as its colleagues in the European Union continue to assess how the bloc should increase its involvement in the region. The Luftwaffe will deploy six Eurofighter aircraft, three Airbus A330 tankers and three A400M transport aircraft in support of Australia’s Pitch Black exercise, scheduled for Sept. 5-23, 2022.
In episode 48 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, Operation Enduring Freedom: A 20-Year Air Commander Retrospective, Part 2, retired Gen. Buzz Moseley, retired Gen. Chuck Wald, retired Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, and retired Maj. Gen. Larry Stutzriem provide first-person air commander perspectives regarding the air campaign they led against the Taliban, which began Oct. 7, 2001, ushering in a new era as B-2s set new bombing mission endurance records—flying over 40 hours on a single sortie—while remotely piloted MQ-1 Predators introduced a new form of unmanned combat airpower.
Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Cocoa, Fla., is one of 10 schools nationally in JROTC to agree to change its affiliation from Air Force to Space Force. On Nov. 2, Durango High School in Las Vegas became the first unit to make the switch official.
“The Space Force is embarking on an aggressive effort to incorporate commercial technology from new entrants into its current and future architectures. High-profile efforts like the Space Enterprise Consortium, SpaceWERX, and others are all designed to help bring nontraditional space companies into the fold by overcoming the Defense Department’s acquisition hurdles and barriers to entry. This effort is laudable and has yielded small-dollar successes. Yet, while the service is working to bring down contractual barriers, security clearances remain a key obstacle,” writes Joshua C. Huminski, director of the National Security Space Program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress.
A new survey on the best and worst places for veterans to live put a Florida city on top for the second year in a row and Detroit at the bottom—again. Tampa led the list based on factors ranging from housing affordability, job opportunities, and availability of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities to quality of life and a welcoming atmosphere for veterans. Motor City came in last among 100 cities in the annual survey conducted prior to Veterans Day by the WalletHub personal finance website.