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China and Russia Space Fleets Grow by 70 Percent in Two Years, DIA Report Says

China and Russia have dramatically boosted their presence in space in the past several years, increasing security concerns for the U.S. now and in the future, according to a new report from the Defense Intelligence Agency. In particular, the “Challenges to Security in Space” report highlighted the dangers of China seeking to use counterspace operations to cripple U.S. military capabilities, and the potential military implications of China and Russia increasing exploration and use of cislunar space, the moon, and beyond.
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Hicks to Congress: Be Patient, Allow Some Failures in New Development Programs Like Hypersonics

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks urged Congress to be more patient with the Defense Department as it develops new systems, like hypersonic missiles. The Pentagon sees “real resistance … on Capitol Hill” to that approach, “and so you get curtailment of programs, … concerns over concurrency, concerns about technically risky approaches.” The U.S., she said, “has to be willing to fail. I think this is a place we want to increase the trust the Congress has in the Department, as it goes after improvements and capabilities.” During a roundtable with reporters, Hicks also was asked where her next trip will be to, and she said “back to California, … very soon,” possibly indicating that the rollout of the B-21, predicted for the April/May timeframe, will happen on schedule.
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Pentagon: ‘Roughly 8 to 10 Flights a Day’ Full of Aid for Ukraine Pouring into Europe

Roughly eight to 10 flights full of supplies and equipment for Ukraine are landing in Eastern Europe every day, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby told reporters on April 12, as the U.S. and other nations race to get their aid packages into the hands of Ukrainians combatting Russia’s invasion. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters in separate April 12 briefing there are packages of U.S. military aid to Ukraine soon to be announced that will include longer-ranged weapons than have been provided so far. She did not name the weapons.

New Power for the B-52

Forty years since the Air Force first started thinking about replacing the eight engines on the B-52, the job is finally underway. The re-engining is the centerpiece of an upgrade that will keep the Stratofortress operationally relevant for another 20 to 30 years. Two new F130 engines have been built and if development and testing proceeds as planned, the first re-engined B-52s will be operational in about five years. Two new F130 engines have been built and if development and testing proceeds as planned, the first re-engined B-52s will be operational in about five years.

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COMMENTARY: We Must Acknowledge Space As It Is: A Warfighting Domain

The Hill

“On Jan. 11, 2007, China launched a direct-ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT), which successfully intercepted and destroyed a Chinese satellite. It took fewer than 15 minutes from launch to impact. At the time, I was serving as the commander of Air Force Space Command, the predecessor of the Space Force. We could track the strike, saw its after-effects, but were powerless to offer leaders proactive options in case a U.S. satellite was targeted. Fifteen years later, threats to satellites have grown but we still lack meaningful options to deter and respond. China and Russia have made space a warfighting domain. It is past time that we recognize and respond to this reality,” writes retired Gen. Kevin Chilton, the Explorer Chair for Space Warfighting Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

‘Battlefield Nukes’ in Ukraine? A Low But Complex Threat.

Christian Science Monitor

“The risk of Russia using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine is very low, and the public concern over nuclear use has far outstripped the nuclear risk,” says Adam Mount, director of the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists. And that is in keeping with Mr. Putin’s “escalate to de-escalate” strategy. “In some ways,” Dr. Mount adds, “it’s the threat that’s meant to do more work than the weapon itself.”

Into the Military Metaverse: An Empty Buzzword or a Virtual Resource for the Pentagon?

Breaking Defense

In December, a small office within the stoic Air Force bureaucracy hosted a meeting with some 250 people, gathered in a conference room with the usual whiteboards, sticky notes, and yellow folders. But the conference room didn’t exist, and the attendees were hundreds of miles apart, spread from the United States to Japan, all wearing Oculus headsets. With that meeting, visitors entered into the beating heart of the explosive, if uncertain, hype-cycle of the metaverse.

US, India Agree to Cooperate on Space Situational Awareness

SpaceNews

The United States and India have agreed to cooperate on space situational awareness, a deal that the U.S. Department of Defense said would “lay the groundwork for more advanced cooperation in space.” The agreement was reached April 11 by officials of the two countries on the sidelines of the U.S.-India 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Washington, co-hosted by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and the Secretary of State Tony Blinken. The Indian delegation was led by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar.

Veterans of Terrorist Attacks and Families Push for Access to Afghanistan Funds

Air Force Times

A group of more than 500 veterans and military family members are pushing lawmakers to broaden federal plans for distributing billions in seized Taliban funds to include more victims of terrorist attacks, rather than limiting it to only Sept. 11 victims. In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, the group argues that the move is needed to better recognize all military personnel “who were killed or severely injured as a result of state-sponsored terrorist attacks while serving our country around the world at U.S. embassies, military installations and in international waters.”

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WATCH: Tornado Touches Down at Air Force Base

WWJ Newsradio 950

Luckily, a tornado that touched down near the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas the evening on April 11 only caused minor damage to the base. “We are thankful for the outpour of support from our community following last night's severe weather,” said the base in a Tweet Tuesday morning. “We have observed only minor damages at this time and are focused on cleaning up minor debris.”

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