Israel recently tested a laser weapon system that knocked drones, mortars, and rockets out of the sky in what a senior Israeli officer called a “game-changer” for ground-based airborne defense. “The laser is a game-changer thanks to its easily operated system and significant economic advantages,” said Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, head of the Israeli military’s research and development department.
Russia said its lead warship in the Black Sea sank on April 14 after an explosion and fire that Ukraine claimed was caused by a missile strike, dealing a blow to Moscow as it readied for new attacks that were likely to determine the conflict's outcome. The Moskva, Russia's flagship in its Black Sea fleet, sank as it was being towed to port in stormy weather, Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying.
With two major nuclear programs ramping up, the Air Force had to make hard choices on fighter procurement in fiscal 2023, the Air Force’s top officer said. After three budgets in which Air Force fighter buying soared to heights of more than 60 aircraft per year, the service requested 33 Lockheed Martin F-35As and 24 Boeing F-15EXs in fiscal 2023, for a total of 57 jets. Asked about the decision during an April 12 roundtable with reporters, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said the service had to prioritize keeping the B-21 Raider bomber and newly christened LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile on track.
Pandemic-related acquisition issues have sparked a backlog in the U.S. delivering $14.2 billion worth of military equipment to Taiwan that the island has purchased since 2019. With much of Washington’s attention focused on how to rapidly deploy a steady stream of military aid to Ukraine, some lawmakers are concerned the delay is undermining Taiwan’s ability to deter a potential Chinese invasion.
When China fired a missile into one of its own weather satellites in a 2007 show of force, experts called the demo the beginning of a new anti-satellite arms race. Fast forward to 2022, and a Chinese space tug is spotted towing a dead navigation satellite into a graveyard orbit above the geostationary belt. “This is the type of space event that makes the hair on the back of people’s necks stand up,” said Brian Young, a former space control officer at the U.S. Air Force Space Command and now vice president of KBR’s military space business.
Pentagon officials are talking to the leaders of America’s largest defense firms about ways to replenish the U.S. military’s weapon stockpiles, which are being raided to assist Ukrainian forces. As the U.S moves to send Ukraine more sophisticated and more lethal weaponry, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks met with defense CEOs at the Pentagon to figure out how quickly companies could resupply these arms.
President Joe Biden regularly deviates from the recommendations made by his national security team, one of his top advisors revealed. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Biden overruling decisions from top national security officials, including when there’s agreement between Sullivan, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is not uncommon and is “one of the humbling things” about his job. Sullivan argued that the president’s questioning of his aides improves the overall decision-making process.
Lt. Col. Addison Baker’s B-24 was in flames as he led a bomber formation over oil refineries in Romania on Aug. 1, 1943, during World War II. His plane was riddled with anti-aircraft flak and steadily losing altitude. “Ignoring the fact he was flying over terrain suitable for safe landing, he refused to jeopardize the mission by breaking up the lead formation and continued unswervingly to lead his group to the target upon which he dropped his bombs with devastating effect,” states the citation for the Medal of Honor Baker was awarded for his actions that day. On April 13, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Baker’s remains, unaccounted for all these decades, had been identified on April 8.