For a controversy that’s dominated headlines and reached the desk of the President, the Pentagon—the largest aircraft fleet owner in the world—has remained largely silent. That’s because right now, it doesn’t know how 5G will affect military aircraft. All told, it will be at least a year and a half after the Federal Communications Commission began selling spectrum for 5G before the Defense Department weighs in on the issue, and it could take months after that for the department to come up with a plan to resolve any technical failures that occur as military pilots continue flying in areas where the 5G deployment is occurring.
The Space Force is a separate U.S. military branch but will have to stay “tightly coupled” to the Air Force in order to be successful, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said Jan. 19.
Moving more than 124,000 people out of one airport in just a few weeks takes more than just pilots. It also takes planning. Few people know that better than Air Force Capt. Adam Solomon, who was awarded a Bronze Star for “meritorious service” while coordinating the massive airlift that marked the end of the American war in Afghanistan in August.
In episode 59 of the Aerospace Advantage, host John “Slick” Baum speaks with Mitchell Institute research analyst and China expert Daniel Rice to better understand how important trends, key events, and leadership decisions will affect the way the Asian superpower approaches regional diplomacy and hard power. Learn more about why things such as the 20th Party Congress, Chinese activities in Afghanistan, and international perceptions of China are going to have an outsized effect on events in the Pacific and beyond.
The Space Force's upcoming budget request will be "bold" and advance the Pentagon's pursuit of an improved satellite architecture that would be more resilient against enemy attacks or other disruptions, the service's top officer said Jan. 18. Defense observers are eagerly awaiting the release of President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget blueprint. Annual presidential budget submissions to Congress typically come in February, but the next one could be delayed until March, according to reports.
Recent Russian and Chinese missile launches raised the stakes in space. Find out the latest news on sensing, tracking, and defending against enemy missile strikes.
The automated system being considered by the VA has proven to shorten the disability claims review process from 100 days to two under certain circumstances and conditions, according to the agency.
This year saw a change in the scope and purpose of WEPTAC geared more toward bringing the future faster and accelerating change in the United States Air Force. “I am extremely happy to see that WEPTAC is changing,” Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said. “It went from being focused on tactical problems to impacting and accelerating the modernization of our Air Force. This new WEPTAC will be vital to solving enterprise-level problems.”
In recent months, congressional lawmakers have rallied around the goal of providing better care and better benefits to troops exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service. But how much that will cost remains a problematic stumbling block for legislators hoping to advance those new ideas.
French-built fighter jets roared Jan. 19 over the Acropolis as Greece races to modernize its military and flaunts new security alliances aimed at checking neighboring Turkey. Six advanced Rafale jets, purchased from the French air force, flew in low formation over Athens before their official handover to the Greek armed forces at a nearby air base.
A team of approximately 20 Air Force medical personnel arrived to a standing ovation from Cleveland Clinic personnel the morning of Jan. 19. The team includes nurses, physicians, and respiratory therapists who will help support Cleveland Clinic staff. "While COVID-19 cases have begun to decline in Cleveland, we still have a high volume of COVID-19 patients and this will also allow us to accept more transfers and better serve our community and region," the clinic said in a statement.