Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State visit Ukrainian President

Austin in Kyiv Promises New Aid for Ukraine to Fight a ‘Weakened’ Russia

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of State Antony Blinken crossed the Polish land border into war-torn Ukraine April 24 just before Russia attacked five railway stations in central and western Ukraine. In Kyiv, Austin and Blinken met firsthand with the Ukrainian president, defense and foreign ministers, promising sophisticated new weaponry and the training to use it. "We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” Austin reportedly said April 25 from southeastern Poland after returning from Ukraine. More than $713 million in new Foreign Military Financing announced by the State Department will include funding for advanced weapons and air defense systems. That comes in addition to $800 million in defense assistance announced by DOD April 21.
Oct. 19 Intercept

All Quiet on the Northern Front, but Cyber ‘Preparation’ By Russia Underway

While Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues--and Moscow complains about lethal aid to Ukraine from the U.S. and other nations--it hasn't stepped up provocative flights near U.S. borders, although it is conducting an increasing amount of cyber actions against the U.S. homeland, Northern Command chief Gen. Glen D. VanHerck reported. He also discussed U.S. Arctic strategy and warned that North Korea will eventually have enough missiles to overwhelm U.S. defenses.

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‘I Went from Being his Sister-in-law to His Victim.’ Accuser Speaks at ex-AFRL Commander’s Sentencing Hearing

Dayton Daily News

The first instance of an Air Force general officer being convicted in a court-martial moved to its sentencing phase today, with the sister-in-law of Air Force Maj. Gen. William Cooley telling the court how the two-star general’s misconduct upended her life. Cooley’s sister-in-law said she allowed the two-star general into her New Mexico home, a home that had been full of love and friendship, she said in a hearing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

How Commercial Space Systems are Changing the Conflict in Ukraine

Defense News

From detection of GPS interference over Ukraine to satellite images showing a 40-mile-long Russian military convoy headed into the country, commercial space capabilities are providing real-time insight into Russian military activities and providing support to Ukrainian forces, humanitarian organizations, and journalists covering the invasion. They’re also providing a present-day case study for ongoing policy discussions about how much of this intelligence should be shared in open-source environments and how the U.S. should respond if commercial assets are targeted by an adversary.

U.S. Air Force Seeing 50% Decline in Applicant Interest Since the Pandemic

7 ABC News

When it comes to recruiting, Staff Sgt. Kyle Solberg is on the job. "I love telling them about my experience, a little bit about my Air Force story," Solberg said. But the pandemic has a tight grip on recruiting numbers. "Our pool of qualified applicants over the past few years has dropped about 500,000 people," Solberg said.

Nine Respiratory Cancers Added to List of Illnesses Presumed Caused by Burn Pit Smoke

Air Force Times

Veterans Affairs officials this week will add nine respiratory cancers to the list of illnesses presumed caused by burn pit exposure, easing the path veterans suffering from those conditions have to take to get disability benefits. The move follows promises by administration officials last fall to speed up care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pit smoke in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations over the last 32 years.

Mystery Drone: How the Air Force Fast-tracked a New Weapon for Ukraine

POLITICO

The mystery aircraft was developed by California-based Aevex Aerospace, a company that was founded in 2017 and employs 500 people with offices in California, North Carolina and Virginia. The Phoenix Ghost “is a different type of aircraft, it’s a one-way aircraft that is effective against medium armored ground targets,” said retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and member of the Aevex board.

How the US Military is Waging War on Climate Change

Task & Purpose

When coastal U.S. military bases are regularly plagued with flooding, extreme storm surges, and lack of clean drinking water in roughly a few decades, humans may still be arguing over whether climate change is real. But that debate doesn’t really matter to the Pentagon: Considering that more than 1,700 of these bases worldwide are at risk from rising sea levels, what to do about it is far more important.

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