How Brown Plans to Battle Bureaucracy: Radical Transparency, More ’Horsepower’

It’s been more than a year and a half since Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. ascended to the role of Air Force Chief of Staff, and in that time, he’s repeatedly said he wants to transform the service in bold ways to make it ready for the future. Speaking at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., however, Brown admitted his efforts have run into a familiar Pentagon problem: bureaucracy.
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Backfilling NATO MiG Transfers to Ukraine Not Quick or Easy

Although the U.S. has offered to "backfill" any old Russian jets provided to Ukraine by NATO allies and other partners, it won't be a swift process to provide replacement aircraft. The quickest solution would be providing Active-duty or Air National Guard airplanes, but the allies may not want aircraft that have been heavily used, unless it was a temporary measure against getting new jets later.

KC-135s, Air Support Ops Team Deploying to Europe

The Pentagon is sending KC-135s and roughly 150 Airmen to Europe to support troops already deployed there in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, press secretary John F. Kirby announced March 7. Approximately 40 members of an air support operations center will deploy to Poland and Romania from Fort Stewart, Ga., where the 15th Air Operations Support Squadron is based.
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ISR Will Require AI, Resilient Networks, and Space Connectivity in Next Peer Fight

Multi-layered, resilient networks that can quickly reconstitute a data picture and artificial intelligence to process vast amounts of data are some of the key requirements for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems in the next peer conflict, industry experts said at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. Industry experts from from Elbit Systems of America, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, and L3Harris Technologies described what a new ISR architecture for contested and denied areas in a peer conflict will require. “It's going to require much more, I think, from a space capability looking down. We also need to be looking up," said Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback, director of ISR for the U.S. Space Force, who moderated the panel.

Radar Sweep

New Pentagon Strategy to Bring in Small Businesses Coming Soon

Defense News

A new Pentagon strategy to maximize small business participation in defense contracting is in the works for this spring, defense officials told Defense News. The Pentagon’s first small business strategy since 2019 would come amid a decline in the number of contracts awarded to small businesses and as Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has acknowledged the barriers to work with his department are too steep.

Israeli F-35s Shot Down Two Drones; First Confirmed Air-to-air Kills for JSF

Breaking Defense

The first Iranian UAV was detected by Israeli sensors at 1:50 AM on March 13, 2021, approaching Israel from the south. The second UAV was detected at 2:12 AM, approaching Israel from the east. Minutes later, both Iranian-launched drones were shot down by Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-35s, the first acknowledged operational air-to-air kill for the fifth-generation fighter. Operation Two Bridges, as the F-35 strike was known, happened almost a full year ago, but the details were uncovered only today during a special briefing by the IAF.

DARPA Wants to Alter Human Skin Biomes to Fight Deadliest Enemy: Mosquitos

Breaking Defense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency may have been created to develop cutting-edge technology to help the U.S. take on the Soviet Union in the Cold War, but now it’s taking on another deadly enemy: mosquitos. DARPA’s latest idea, now entering its second phase, is to get down to the molecular level to make a topical cream that would actually alter the “microbiome” of human skin to make it less appetizing to the disease-carrying insects.

Pentagon to Shut Down Leaking Fuel Tank Facility in Hawaii

The Associated Press

The Defense Department will permanently shut down the Navy’s massive fuel tank facility in Hawaii that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water, and will remove all the fuel, The Associated Press has learned. A senior defense official said the decision, which Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III made Monday, is based on a new Pentagon assessment, but also is in line with an order from Hawaii’s Department of Health to drain fuel from the tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. The tanks, built into the side of a mountain during World War II to protect them from enemy attack, had leaked into a drinking water well and contaminated water at Pearl Harbor homes and offices.

SPONSORED STORY: Partnering for Innovation: How the US Space Force and Millennium Space Systems are Enhancing Missile Defense

Millennium Space Systems

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 traditional missile warning architecture is not designed for the new, advanced hyper glide vehicle threat, putting our nation at risk,” said Jason Kim, CEO of Millennium Space Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. “Adding additional layers to the OPIR (Overhead Persistent Infrared) architecture will allow us to not only warn against oncoming threats, but also track these advanced threats in order to intercept them.”

Gaming Advancements Led BAE to Acquire this Training Company

Washington Technology

Now in the fold of BAE Systems’ U.S. subsidiary, Bohemia Interactive Simulations started in Australia nearly 10 years ago with its headquarters being on farmland at the time with animals making noise in the background. Roughly halfway through that typical startup origin story, company co-founder and former Australian army officer Pete Morrison realized that video games could both inspire and be adapted into training platforms for soldiers.

If Russia Hacks a US Satellite, Is It an Act of War?

Defense One

Russia’s senior space official recently warned that any tampering with the nation’s satellites is grounds for war, underscoring how reliant modern communications and military operations are on the orbiting tools. Whether America views satellite hacking or attacking as a basis for a war declaration, though, isn’t so cut and dry.

DOD Wants ‘Resilient’ Space Systems, But How to Get There is Still Unclear

SpaceNews

An often-heard complaint about U.S. military satellites is that they’re not resilient —which generally means they don’t have enough protections against modern electronic jammers, advanced lasers, and cyber hacks. This is a growing concern for the Pentagon as Russia threatens to extend the war against Ukraine into space, and China continues to roll out advanced technologies that could be used against U.S. and allies’ communications and navigation satellite networks.

How Believers in the Paranormal Birthed the Pentagon’s New Hunt for UFOs

Military.com

In Oregon, a man said his health deteriorated after a glowing blue orb passed through his body. A family in California reported strange lights and a gray figure with spindly legs in their orchard. A werewolf-like creature allegedly prowled around homes in suburban Virginia. All three incidents were probed as part of a secret Pentagon program investigating UFOs. The program, contracted by the Defense Intelligence Agency, plumbed the connection between the flying objects and the paranormal for two years, according to the men who ran it.

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‘My Training Took Over’—This Air Force Cop Went on a 100 MPH Car Chase to Arrest Suspect

Task and Purpose

The average workday for many security forces Airmen, the Air Force equivalent of military police, often involves standing around at the base gate checking service members’ identification. But every once in a while, things rapidly become very real, sometimes at speeds above 100 miles per hour. At least, that’s what Senior Airman Sarah Hardy experienced on Dec. 16 when she was patrolling Patrick Space Force Base, Florida.

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