ULA Won’t Need Russia to Finish Atlas V National Security Space Launches

CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla.— A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, powered by a Russian-made RD-180 rocket motor, blasted off on a crisp 68 degree Florida day into clear blue skies, carrying the GOES-T National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite into orbit. Seven years after Congress ordered ULA to find another source for its rocket motors, this launch comes at the lowest point in U.S.-Russian relations in decades. And though ULA soon will be cut off from further supplies due to sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine last month, ULA and Space Force officials say they don't expect any National Security Space Launches to be affected.
Russian air superiority

Kelly: Russian Air Defenses Work Well for Ukraine

Ukrainian forces are making good use of their Russian-made air defense systems, and Russia’s slow progress in Ukraine is an indication of how important it is to have air superiority, said Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mark D. Kelly. However, the U.S. needs new weapons to equip its fighters because adversaries are getting better at detecting even low-observable aircraft.
INDOPACOM

INDOPACOM Commander Says Ukraine is a Wake-Up Call to the US, Cautions ‘This Could Happen’ in Taiwan

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provided a wake-up call for U.S. officials who should now recognize that if China has designs on Taiwan, “We have to look at this and say, ‘Hey, this could happen,’” said INDOPACOM’s commander Adm. John Aquilino. Defense Department officials appearing before the House Armed Services Committee affirmed that China “is the most consequential strategic competitor that the United States has faced,” as Aquilino put it, and its government is willing to “uproot the rules-based international order to the benefit of themselves and at the expense of all others.” At the same time, “trend lines” in regards to U.S. military ties with India “are moving in the right direction,” said Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs.
Special Operations AWS22

AFSOC Shifts Focus to Peer Competition, Closer Collaboration With Allies and Partners

Air Force Special Operations Command's shift to great power competition will mean more forward-deployed engagements with allies and partners in Europe and the Indo-Pacific. "It's going to be special operations forces that are forward, that are partnering with our allies and partners to make sure that we are both assuring our allies and we're showing that we are resilient together,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Tony D. Bauernfeind, vice commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, who estimated that 30 percent to 40 percent of missions will focus on competition with a peer adversary such as China, with the remainder in countering violent extremist organizations.

Radar Sweep

Russia’s Rocket Barrages Reveal Bad Planning, Cruelty—and the Absence of Crucial Skills

Defense One

After poor planning and combined-arms ineptitude sank Russia’s plan for quick victory in Ukraine, Moscow shifted to Plan B: bombarding Ukrainian cities. “I think the Russian army reformed into this thing we call the New Look Army. They task-organized themselves into smaller battalion tactical groups, and, fundamentally, that is not a bad construct,” Lt. Gen. Scott D. Berrier, who leads the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee. “I think they had a bad plan. And I think their logistics support is not what it needs to be.”

U.S. Intelligence Report: Multinational Efforts Needed to Prevent Wars in Space

SpaceNews

The risk that conflicts on Earth will extend to space will grow as China and Russia step up developments of anti-satellite weapons, the U.S. Intelligence Community warns in its annual report on worldwide threats. “As states such as China and Russia increasingly see space as a warfighting domain, multilateral space security discussions have taken on greater importance as a way to reduce the risk of a confrontation that would affect every state’s ability to safely operate in space,” says the 2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

No, the US Air Force Isn’t Going to Give Ukraine Its A-10 Warthogs

Breaking Defense

Despite calls from former U.S. defense officials for the Air Force to transfer some of its A-10 Warthog attack aircraft to Ukraine, there are no current plans for the service to give up its tank-busting planes, the Air Force’s top leaders said. “I’m not aware of any current plan, or even any discussion of a current plan, to field or provide A-10s to the Ukrainians,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during a roundtable with reporters at the AFA Warfare Symposium.

Mil-to-Mil Couples Gain Time to Make Separation Decision After Childbirth

Air Force release

Starting March 1, either parent of a Department of the Air Force military-to-military couple may now have up to 12 months to request separation from the service after the birth or adoption of a child. A military-to-military couple is defined as a DAF Active-duty member married to another DAF Active-duty member.

AFRL Program Advances Unmanned Air System Used for Training U.S. Fighter Pilots

AFRL release

The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract to Blue Force Technologies to develop an unmanned air vehicle that supports adversary air training missions. The Bandit program contract was awarded as the result of a Strategic Financing proposal selected by AFWERX with a $9 million initial value and options to complete the design and build of up to four air vehicles.

How JADC2 Is Improving Nuclear Command and Control

Defense News

The Pentagon’s effort to better connect sensors to shooters and shuttle data across the joint forces is inextricably linked with the high-stakes communication systems needed for nuclear warfare, and rightly so, the head of U.S. Strategic Command told Congress.

VA Would Close 3 Medical Centers, Restructure 100s of Outpatient Clinics in New Plan

Air Force Times

Veterans Affairs leaders will recommend closing three major medical centers and more than 170 outpatient health facilities in coming years as part of an ongoing review of the department’s footprint across America, according to documents obtained by Military Times. But VA officials will also push for construction of 255 new health care and community living facilities as part of the plan, a trade-off that they say will put almost 200,000 more veterans within a 30-minute drive of basic medical care and 370,000 more veterans within an hour’s drive of specialty care.

One More Thing

An Air Force F-16 Pilot Made an Emergency Belly Landing Look Easy. Here’s Why it’s Anything But

Task & Purpose

A U.S. Air Force pilot made a dangerous situation risking life, limb, and millions of dollars of equipment look easy after bringing an F-16 fighter jet to a smooth stop on the ground at Aviano Air Base, Italy, without landing gear. The landing, which was captured on video and posted to the popular Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco, impressed a former Air Force pilot for both its smooth execution and the minimal damage caused to the jet.

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