Breaking Defense polled almost 500 space professionals on a variety of topics, including the greatest threats to America’s space ambitions, the growing role of the Space Force, and which space capabilities need the most investment going forward—including a number of questions about America’s youngest military branch and how well it plays with others.
Lisa Costa, chief technology and innovation officer of the Space Force, said the service is eyeing investments in edge computing, data centers in space, and other technologies needed to build a digital infrastructure. “Clearly, the imperative for data-driven, threat-informed decisions is No. 1, and that means that we need computational and storage power in space and high-speed resilient communications on orbit,” Costa said Jan. 13 at a virtual event hosted by GovConWire.
A female captain who may become the Air Force’s first woman to complete its elite special tactics training raised concerns about the program’s shifting standards as early as April 2021, Air Force Times has learned. Multiple documents obtained by Air Force Times—including performance forms, score charts, and a report the woman wrote shortly after dropping out of a land navigation event—illustrate how she was allowed to return to training after she quit and how physical training metrics were lowered just as she arrived at a challenging schoolhouse last spring.
Over the past few years, Iran has “significantly” increased its use of unmanned aerial vehicles, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet Commander said. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper said unsafe naval encounters with the Iranian military remain relatively flat, but, “what is different, though, is a dramatic uptick in the UAV activity in the region, both in terms of their capability, their profiles, and the density of activity. ... It is significantly different."
The contracts reveal a desire to increase the fundamental tempo of intelligence collection and, with it, targeting. The promise is time savings from algorithms taking a first sweep for potential targets. The possible follow-on effects are impenetrable targeting tools, with errors as classified as airstrikes and harder to attribute.
Melvin Bowling, a retired Air Force major general, Silver Star recipient, and one of the creators of the original Early Bird compilation of military-themed stories in the media, passed away Jan. 10. He was 88.
The night vision glasses would be smaller and more powerful than the optics troops have now.