Space Force Tests Health Monitoring Data to Replace PT Tests

Top leaders in the Space Force enthusiastically reviewed their experiences wearing continuous health monitors that could form the basis for the service to do away with conventional PT testing. They said in press briefings at the AFA Warfare Symposium on March 4 that the black Oura health monitoring rings, which quite a few Guardians wore, were part of a pilot program that’s helping the service flesh out its “holistic wellness” concept. The wellness program may not rely on annual PT tests anymore but instead monitor the troops’ health all year round.

Former Google CEO: AI Will Be ‘Force Multiplier Like You’ve Never Seen Before’

The Defense Department needs to upgrade its IT, add more software specialists, and empower certain programs to be more innovative—especially when it comes to artificial intelligence, the former CEO of Google said March 3. Eric Schmidt, who led Google and its parent company Alphabet from 2001 to 2015 and chaired the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, delivered a keynote address at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., offering what he called several “blunt” criticisms and recommendations for the Pentagon.

Spark Tank 2022: Plan to Save Water, Fuel Crowned Winner

Project Arcwater, a package of technologies aimed at helping Airmen live “off the grid” by generating their own power and water, was selected as the winner of the 2022 Spark Tank competition on March 4. Project Arcwater will take up 60 percent less space and be 78 percent lighter than the equipment currently used, Kenney claimed. It will also be 96 percent faster to set up and cost 98 percent less to operate for a standard mission.
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Putin ‘Surrounded’ by US and NATO Air and Space Power, says AFA Expert Panel

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has united NATO and proven a robust U.S. air and space capability that does not require a no-fly zone, but invasion could have been deterred if the U.S. had stronger air power, said experts at an AFA Warfare Symposium panel on the European theater. “Our Airmen and Guardians surround the Putin regime,” said AFA president and retired Lt. Gen. Bruce "Orville" Wright, who noted that the Air Force presence that extends from the eastern flank of NATO to the far east of Russia in the Indo-Pacific region. “We have everything we need in the context of watching everything that the Russian military, the Putin regime military is doing today,” said Wright. "He, again, is surrounded, certainly vertically, in a three-dimensional way in the integration of our space, and air capabilities."
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Air and Space Force Chiefs: Defense Industrial Base May Be Too Fragile to Surge Production

The aerospace industrial base could pose a risk to U.S. national security because of lack of parts for aging systems, inattention to the future workforce, and the uncertainty that’s historically surrounded the success of space companies. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. and Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond addressed issues at the AFA Warfare Symposium. Raymond cited a report by the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Innovation Unit that called the industrial base “tactically strong but strategically fragile,” while Brown said he worries about "manufacturing resources" and the Air Force's ability to diversify and work with more, smaller companies.

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Around-the-Clock NATO Air Patrols Fly to Keep Russia at Bay

Air Force Times

NATO has nearly doubled the number of military jets on alert across Europe amid concerns that Russia’s reckless flying in international airspace could escalate alongside its war in Ukraine. The alliance’s move to constantly guard its eastern edge highlights how rapidly the security situation has evolved in and out of Ukraine over the past 10 days, as well as the stakes of NATO’s biggest test since its founding in 1949.

New Air Force One Delivery Could be 17 Months Behind Schedule

CBS News

The 17-month delay projection has not been accepted by the Air Force and could change as the military negotiates with Boeing on a new schedule. The original delivery timeframe of December 2024 had already been sliding. "We continue to work closely with the Air Force on a new approved schedule baseline," a Boeing spokesperson told CBS News.

PODCAST—Hypersonic Strike: Have China and Russia Won the Race?

Mitchell Institute Aerospace Advantage Podcast

Host John “Slick” Baum, engages with two leading experts, Mark Lewis and Dick Hallion, to learn more about hypersonic technology and the steps needed to operationalize it. The ability to fly at five at times the speed of sound is a game changer. However, flying this fast on an everyday basis is incredibly demanding from a technical perspective. The reason you’ve heard a lot about hypersonics lately is that we’re in a race with China and Russia to develop operational capabilities in this realm and we’re not at the head of the pack. Leaders are worried because if you think developing hypersonic technologies is tough, defending against them is even harder. The irony is that for decades, the U.S. was the leader in hypersonics, thanks to its work with aircraft like the X-15. Since then, we’ve pursued a few test programs, but it really hasn’t been a priority for defense leaders. That’s all changed now that we find ourselves falling behind our adversaries. It’s caused a massive reset in the Department of Defense, with numerous surge efforts launched to help America regain its hypersonic edge.

Space Command Looking to Ground, Ship-based Missile Defense Radars to Improve Monitoring

Breaking Defense

U.S. Space Command is working to improve its capability keep tabs on what is happening in space—including looking to ground- and ship-based missile defense platforms as additional sources of much needed data, SPACECOM head Gen. Jim Dickinson said today. “My number one priority within the command is: how do I increase my battlespace awareness, in particular, how do I look at the space domain?” he told the Air Force Association’s annual conference in Orlando.

COMMENTARY: Send in the Quadcopters: Arm Ukrainian Citizens with Simple Drones

Defense One

“In a recent Facebook post, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense called upon citizens in Kyiv to help monitor the city for Russian soldiers—and particularly people with drones. “Do you have a drone? Then give it to an experienced pilot! Or do you know how to fly a drone? Join the joint patrol with Unit 112 of the Kyiv City Special Brigade!” It’s a great idea with tactical and strategic implications—and the United States and allied countries should help by sending simple commercial drones and spare parts to Ukraine. It wouldn’t cost much either: cheap off-the-shelf drones available on Amazon can be less than $100 (though higher-end drones can easily run a few thousand dollars each),” writes Zak Kallenborn, the master coordination director for Project Exodus Relief.

Space Force to Reorganize its Acquisition Command to ‘Focus on the Threat’

SpaceNews

The U.S. Space Systems Command — the Space Force organization that oversees procurement of new technology — is being restructured in an effort to re-energize the bureaucracy and bring fresh focus on the competition with China, officials said March 4. Space Force leaders unveiled details of the reorganization at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium.

Defense Trade Association Chief Resigns After Leadership Split

Defense News

The National Defense Industrial Association’s chief executive is stepping down, citing a disagreement about the direction and leadership of the association. In an interview with Defense News, Carlisle pointed to disagreements with NDIA Chairman Arnold Punaro and Vice Chairman Michael Bayer. “We just could not get on the same sheet of music, across the governance and in the direction of NDIA,” Carlisle said, adding that he handed in his resignation in December.

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