Cooley

Two-Star General Convicted of Sexual Assault After Historic Military Trial

The former two-star commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory was convicted of abusive sexual contact following a historic court-martial of an Air Force general officer. His sentence is expected to be handed down April 25. Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley was found guilty of forcibly kissing his sister-in-law in a car in Albuquerque, N.M. His trial, which began April 18, is the first full court-martial and conviction of an Air Force general officer in the service's 75-year history.
CMSAF JoAnne Bass

Dear Tomorrow: CMSAF’s Perspective on the Air Force of 2030

In a guest commentary piece, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass describes the need for the service to develop “the innovative problem solvers of 2030” and touts "The Blueprint" released as a guide for Airmen throughout their careers. "When we look at projections of what a strategic competition with a near-peer adversary could involve, it becomes clear that the Airmen of 2030 will need to have an innate ability to critically think through myriad situations, develop innovative ideas and solutions to address complex challenges, and maximize a teaming concept to ensure success across the entire enterprise," writes Bass. "These skills will weigh heavily on future operations, as we build an Air Force that requires a deeper understanding of the digital environment from its Airmen."
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Air Force Releases ‘The Blueprint’ to Help Guide Airmen’s Careers

Basic information on the Air Force’s history and structure, details on core values and skills, links to information on professional development and other resources, all gathered into one place—that’s the idea behind “The Blueprint,” released by the Air Force on April 21 to help guide its enlisted force development. “When I grew up, we had more of a pyramid, if you will. And if you do all of these things in your career, ultimately, here's how you become a senior noncommissioned officer or whatever,” Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass told Air Force Magazine. “And I just don't see things in that light anymore. We see them as a blueprint, and there's many paths, many ways within an Airman’s career.”
Ukraine aid

Long-Term Ukraine Aid to Be Discussed at Ramstein Meeting

“Stakeholders” from up to 40 nations will meet with Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on April 26, to discuss how to deliver extended and more lethal aid to Ukraine, the Pentagon said. The meeting is “not a NATO ministerial” but instead a gathering of those interested in providing aid to Ukraine in its resistance to Russia’s invasion, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told reporters April 22. More than 20 nations have accepted the invitation, he said.
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New ICBM, Family Housing Get Big Boosts in Air Force’s 2023 Military Construction Budget

Although the overall military construction request decreased slightly from fiscal 2022 to 2023, spending on infrastructure for the Air Force's new intercontinental ballistic missile more than quadrupled, according to newly released budget documents. In 2022, the department requested $2.38 billion for projects across its Active-duty, Guard, and Reserve components. This year, it’s asking for $2.26 billion in total, a decline of nearly five percent. Of that, $444 million, nearly 20 percent of the entire 2023 MILCON budget, is devoted to projects related to the LGM-35A Sentinel, or as it was called until recently, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

Radar Sweep

Texas National Guard Soldier Missing After Mission to Rescue Migrant From River

Fox News

A Texas National Guard Soldier was missing after trying to rescue migrants in a river at the state’s border with Mexico. Law enforcement sources initially told Fox News that the service member had drowned. However, the sources later said that the body that had been recovered was in fact a migrant, not the service member.

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USAF Says Boeing E-4B Replacement Will Need Four Engines

Aviation Week

The Air Force is ramping up its spending for its next airborne nuclear command-and-control aircraft, and it most likely will choose used aircraft. The service’s fiscal 2023 budget request calls for $203.2 million in research, development, test, and engineering funding for the Survivable Airborne Operations Center.

This Is the Pentagon’s Plan to Be a More Thoughtful, Inclusive Steward of Your Tax Dollars

Military Times

On the day he took office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order setting the stage for a host of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the entire federal government. On April 15, the Defense Department unveiled its 25-page plan, with a list of values, goals, and some moves already made toward a more inclusive workforce, as well as more equitable business dealings.

UK, India Promise Partnership on New Fighter Jet Technology

Defense News

Britain and India will strengthen their defense and security ties, including partnering on development of combat jet technology, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during a trip to New Delhi on April 21. Johnson said the defense cooperation pact would boost procurement across several areas but offered few details during a press conference wrapping up the two-day visit to India. The trip was aimed principally at progressing talks about a free trade deal between the nations.

NATO Membership for Sweden Would Be ‘A Small Step for the Military, but a Giant Leap for the Political System’

Defense One

Looking nervously to the east, Sweden and Finland are considering giving up their long histories of military independence by joining NATO, a potentially seismic shift driven by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A decision to apply for membership would kick off a protracted political process and reshape European geopolitics, but Swedish military officials have no qualms about integrating with allies with whom they already train and fight closely.

AI Is Already Learning from Russia’s War in Ukraine, DOD Says

Defense One

Less has been said about the use of artificial intelligence in the Ukraine war than, say, anti-tank missiles, but the Pentagon is quietly using AI and machine-learning tools to analyze vast amounts of data, generate useful battlefield intelligence, and learn about Russian tactics and strategy.

US Eyes Proposal to Prohibit Tampering With National Security Satellite C2 Systems

Breaking Defense

The United States sees its new proposal for a limited anti-satellite weapons test ban as only a first step toward a larger package of international norms to bound national security space activities—and already has developed concepts for a number of other steps, a senior State Department official said. This includes a potential proposal to refrain from “purposeful interference” with the command and control systems of national security satellites.

South Korea ‘Welcomes’ US Moratorium on Anti-Satellite Missile Tests; China Skeptical

SpaceNews

South Korea “welcomed” America’s self-imposed ban on direct-ascent anti-satellite missile tests that create orbital debris. “The government [of the Republic of Korea] welcomes the United States’ April 18 announcement of its commitment to banning direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests,” said foreign ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam in an April 21 press briefing. “In addition to this, the government, as an advocate of creating a UN resolution on responsible behavior in space, will continue to play a role in advancing rules that will ensure peaceful and sustainable use of outer space.”

Space Fence Now Has a Direct Link to Key Space Force Data Hub

C4ISRNet

The Space Force announced says cloud-based data environment can now ingest observation information directly from the Space Fence radar, demonstrating its ability to connect with sensor nodes in the Space Surveillance Network. The Unified Data Library is a key component of the Space Force’s digital architecture, built to collect and integrate space object tracking data drawn from Department of Defense sensors as well as commercial, Intelligence Community, and foreign systems.

One More Thing

Skunk Works’ A-12 Cygnus Looked Even More Sinister With Canards

The Drive

While it's hard to imagine Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works' A-12 Oxcart—which would eventually evolve into the SR-71 Blackbird—looking any more sinister than it already does, during the type's development, a configuration included a pair of huge canard foreplanes that appeared absolutely demonic-looking.

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