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Biden’s Warning in State of the Union: US Will Defend ‘Every Inch’ of NATO Territory

President Joe Biden in his first State of the Union address said Russian President Vladimir Putin “badly miscalculated” when he launched a “premeditated and totally unprovoked” attack on Ukraine nearly one week ago. Putin’s actions only strengthened and unified the NATO alliance, said Biden, who vowed to protect “every inch” of NATO territory. Biden also called U.S. veterans the "backbone and spine of this country," saying the U.S. has a "sacred obligation" to properly training and equip troops and to take care of their families. He blasted the use of burn pits during recent wars and promised to expand eligibility to veterans suffering from nine respiratory cancers.
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VanHerck: China’s Efforts of Hypersonics ‘Tenfold’ What US Has Done

China’s efforts to develop and field hypersonic weapons has been “tenfold” that of the U.S.’s own push, but the Pentagon will likely increase funding for testing, development, and threat warning in that area in the forthcoming 2023 budget, the commander of U.S. Northern Command told Congress on March 1. That assessment from Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, who also serves as commander of NORAD, comes after months of increased reports about Chinese progress in hypersonics and American efforts to develop its own capabilities.

What’s Next for Space Force Uniforms: Tweaked Collars, Less Baggy Pants, Supply Chain Problems

It’s been more than five months since Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond unveiled the Space Force’s first prototype service dress uniforms to the world at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference. Since then, members of the Air Force Uniform Office have been busy entering what director Tracy Roan called a “true development cycle,” making subtle tweaks, correcting fits, and incorporating Guardians’ feedback.
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Spark Tank Finalists: ACE-ing Logistics When It Comes to Water, Power

The Department of the Air Force’s annual Spark Tank competition takes place March 4, when six teams will take to the stage at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. Each team will pitch the most senior leaders in the Air and Space Forces on how their innovations can save money, improve the lives of Airmen and Guardians, and transform the department. Air Force Magazine is highlighting one team each day from now through March 3. Today, we look at “Project Arcwater,” led by Senior Master Sgt. Brent Kenney and Tech Sgt. Matthew Connelly of the 52nd Fighter Wing stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

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Here’s Why a No-fly Zone Over Ukraine is Off the Table

Defense News

Experts told Defense News a no-fly zone would present multiple challenges—up to and including worries it could ignite a larger conflict between Russia and NATO. “As much as we would love to say no-fly zones are super easy and it’s a clean way of doing business, this is simply not the case,” Heather Penney, a former F-16 pilot and senior resident fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, said in an interview.

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What Happened to Russia's Air Force? US Officials, Experts Stumped

Reuters

Before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence had predicted a likely blistering assault by Moscow that would quickly mobilize the vast Russian air power that its military assembled in order to dominate Ukraine's skies. But the first six days have confounded those expectations and instead seen Moscow act far more delicately with its air power, so much so that U.S. officials can't exactly explain what's driving Russia's apparent risk-adverse behavior.

Ukraine’s Drone Strikes Reveal Russian Planning Failures, Expert Says

Air Force Times

Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a small portion of the defenders’ arsenal has had a disproportionate effect — Ukraine’s handful of Bayraktar TB2 armed drones. Videos of their exploits have millions of views. They’ve destroyed surface-to-air missile launchers and logistics trains. They’ve inspired songs and are a common refrain in videos taunting the Russian invaders.

Satellite Photos Show 40-mile-long Russian Military Convoy Nearing Ukraine's Capital Kyiv

Space.com

Satellites have captured images of a massive convoy of Russian military vehicles 40 miles long (65 kilometers) nearing the besieged Ukrainian capital Kyiv as the country continued its resistance against Russia on the sixth day of that country's invasion. The images, captured Monday (Feb. 28), show the convoy stretching from the town of Prybirsk, in the north, near the border with Belarus, all the way to the Antonov International Airport in the outskirts of Kyiv.

Despite U.S.-Russia Tensions, the First All-Commercial Flight to ISS is Still On

Defense One

The United States and Russia are maintaining their peaceful, working relationship in space despite the crisis in Ukraine, a senior NASA official said on Monday—but America’s space agency is weighing its options if Russia does not hold firm on its responsibilities associated with the International Space Station. “We are not getting any indications at a working level that our [Russian] counterparts are not committed to the ongoing operation of the [ISS]. We, as a team, are operating just like we were operating three weeks ago,” NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Operations Kathy Lueders said during a press briefing.

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What a Russian Soldier’s Panicked Text Home Reveals About Ukraine’s Information War

Task & Purpose

“There is a real war raging here. I am afraid,” the soldier’s text said, according to the UN translation. “We are bombing all of the cities, together. Even targeting civilians. We were told that they would welcome us and they are falling under our armored vehicles, throwing themselves under the wheels and not allowing us to pass. They call us fascists, Mama, this is so hard.”

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