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US Should Not Be Deterred by Putin, Should Send Aircraft to Ukraine, Former NATO Commander Says

Missteps by the West emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his latest Ukraine invasion, but the United States can still give Ukraine the weapons it needs to overcome Russian airpower if the U.S. is not deterred by Putin, said the participants in a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies virtual discussion. Retired Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove argued that Putin’s true goal is to “completely restructure the security architecture of Eastern Europe. ... In our current state, our nation is completely deterred, and the NATO alliance is completely deterred, and Mr. Putin is not deterred,” Breedlove said. Mitchell Institute dean retired USAF Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula added, “I think all is fair in providing weapons to Ukraine, up to direct U.S./NATO participation.”

Arctic Edge Brings Army’s Patriot, Avenger Systems to Alaska for the First Time

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska—The Army brought its Patriot surface-to-air missile system and short-range Avenger air defense system to Alaska for the first time to take part in the state's largest joint force exercise, Arctic Edge, which wrapped up March 16. “We are very fortunate this year, for the first time ever, to be able to get some of the air defense artillery assets up here to work together with our air operations center, with our fighter aircraft airborne,” Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm, commander of the Alaskan Region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told Air Force Magazine. “We were able to operate and organize a common operating picture that allowed us to seamlessly work together to integrate ground-based air defenses, or GBAD, along with our air defenses, and for our pilots and our operators to train and work together in a different environment.”
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Read, Listen, Watch: One Year Later, CSAF’s Leadership Library Still Growing

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. launched his “CSAF Leadership Library” in March 2021, intended to “spark conversations for you with fellow Airmen, with your family, and with your friends,” Brown wrote in a letter to Airmen. A year later, Brown has added 26 pieces of media to the library, including books, podcasts, films, and television series. The latest four, added March 22, highlight themes of diversity, inclusion, and professional development as well as a continued focus on the pacing challenge leaders have repeatedly emphasized: China.

Radar Sweep

Lawmakers Urge Intel Officials to Declassify Russian War Crimes Info

Politico

The House Intelligence Committee is urging the U.S. spy community to track, preserve, and, whenever possible, declassify information about potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine. The request, contained in a letter signed by all 23 members of the panel and sent this week to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, comes amid growing global concern about Russia’s attacks on civilians in Ukraine as well as Moscow’s veiled warnings about using chemical and biological weapons in the country.

State of Defense 2022

Defense One

How much will Russia’s war change the Pentagon’s immediate plans? When Defense One reporters began conducting interviews for this year’s State of Defense special report, Vladimir Putin was still amassing forces outside of Ukraine. U.S. military planners were laser-focused on the Pacific, rethinking the roles their service branches would play in a new threat matrix that for the first time since September 2001 did not include Afghanistan as an existential concern but more than ever included space and cyber threats. One month later, the world has been rattled by Putin’s war in Europe. So where does that leave the military services?

US Government Urged to Address Supply Risks in the Space Sector

SpaceNews

The U.S. military traditionally relies on a core group of defense contractors to ensure it has access to critical supplies and equipment at all times. But as space becomes increasingly important to military operations, DOD should address supply risks in the space sector given the volatility of the market, experts said at the Satellite 2022 conference.

DOD Overhauls Its Body Composition and Fitness Policy

Air Force Times

The Defense Department updated its physical fitness and body composition program guidelines March 10. The changes open the door for each military branch to revamp their own policies if they so choose, a move that the services have been consistently working toward in recent years.

Missile Warning & Defense

Air Force Magazine

Defending against missile threats launched in, at, or through space has never been more challenging—or important. Learn more on Air Force Magazine’s Missile Warning & Defense page.

Aussies Launch Space Command, Space Strategy; Upgrade Northern Base

Breaking Defense

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton announced the formal creation of the country’s Defense Space Command, the formal launch of a new Space Strategy, and millions of dollars of investment in an aging military base—the next wave in a flurry of announcements from the incumbent Liberal party as it gets closer to election day. Dutton made the announcement at the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Force and Space Power Conference in Canberra.

DOD Launching Efforts to Clean Up Messy SATCOM Ground Segment

Breaking Defense

The Defense Department is wrapping up a study on how to streamline and better protect its vast array of often incompatible ground terminals for satellite communications, with an eye to launching some changes next year, DOD’s SATCOM chief said.

Offutt Air Force Base Rebuilding in Progress After 2019 Flood

KPTM

At Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Maj. Eric Armstrong can hardly believe it’s been three years since massive flooding pounded the base. “It’s really unbelievable.” In 2022, it's out with the old and in with the new. “As things ramp up, we’re looking at having around 1,200 contractors.” Call it a fresh start here. After about one-third of the base went under water, 24 new facilities will eventually get installed.

DOD Announces the Establishment of the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee

DOD release

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced the establishment of the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee, which will address and prevent suicide in the military, pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022. The committee will review relevant suicide prevention and response activities as well as actions underway on addressing sexual assault and recommendations of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military, to ensure SPRIRC’s recommendations are synchronized with current prevention activities and capabilities.

One More Thing

A Sign of the Times? DOD Skips Publishing Weekly COVID-19 Numbers

Military.com

In a sign of the continued decline of COVID-19 across the country, the Defense Department on March 16 skipped its update of coronavirus case numbers—data it faithfully has published weekly since July 2021. The department released the information three times a week during the first year of the pandemic, while states across the U.S. reported the data daily. But as case numbers have dwindled, more than a dozen states have cut their output to once or twice a week, and it appears DOD is following suit.