Perhaps the most eye-popping of today’s pledges to ship weapons to the Ukrainian military was the European Union’s announcement that it would soon send fighter jets. Would Ukrainian pilots really be able to jump in a donated jet and fly into combat? Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle says sure, if it’s a type they already know how to fly.
In Norse mythology, the thunder god Thor used his legendary hammer Mjölnir to slay giants. In the Avengers films, it was wielded by superheroes to battle the evil Thanos. But the Air Force is now working on its own Mjölnir, one it hopes will prove to be a revolutionary drone killer.
A federal judge Monday granted an Air Force officer assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit against the Air Force over what the officer contends has been a service-wide effort to stymie requests for religious exemptions from the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Michael Poffenbarger, a second lieutenant assigned to the 455th Operational Support Squadron at Wright-Patterson, sued in January over what he said was the “perfunctory” denial of a request for a religious exemption.
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As adversaries continue to field advanced weaponry, missile threats against the nation are growing rapidly. They’re more complex, survivable, reliable and accurate than ever before.
The Air Force uses two financial systems (one aging and one modern) that aren't fully integrated to manage its finances. This has made it difficult to obtain timely, accurate, and reliable information on its business operations. Although the Air Force has deployed the modernized system in pieces since 2005, it hasn't created a migration plan to guide the transition from its existing system to the new one. Instead, the Air Force has used both systems simultaneously and plans to continue doing so for at least the next 10 years.
USC’s diversity, commitment to the military and wealth of research helped ink the agreement that begins a formal partnership. Together, the university and the military branch will develop research, human capital and a diverse Space Force.
In an exclusive interview, Lockheed’s head of 5G programs described a first demonstration in December, in which Lockheed and Microsoft connected commercial 5G with military datalinks such as Link 16 for simulated missions.
As the Netflix series starts its second season, both the fictional and the real military service are struggling with identity crises.