“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.
The administration has said Russian chemical weapons use in Ukraine would trigger a ‘proportional’ U.S. response. Its pledge may soon be tested.
“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.”
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.
The deputy defense secretary has voiced concerns that a “substantial decline” in competition in the defense-industrial base, particularly around small businesses, will complicate the Pentagon’s efforts to capture innovation and value for taxpayers.
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.
Indiana's Guard Swapped its F-16s for A-10s a Decade Ago. Now the Air Force Wants to Send F-16s Back.
In the fall of 2010, the Indiana Air National Guard took on the task of replacing its old, 1990s-era F-16 Fighting Falcons at the Fort Wayne airfield with a fresh fleet of A-10 Warthogs. But under the latest Air Force budget proposal, nearly two dozen of the Indiana Air National Guard's A-10s would be retired and the 122nd Fighter Wing would bring on new aircraft—F-16s. Again.
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.”
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.”