Kendall

Kendall: USAF to Discard 386-Squadrons Goal, Skip Demo Phase for New Autonomous Aircraft

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is more interested in quality systems that are able to deter an adversary than the size of the force structure, signaling an end to USAF's pursuit of 386 squadrons as a force-sizing goal. Speaking during a Brookings Institution event, Kendall said he's confident enough in uncrewed platforms that the services can skip more technology demonstrations and proceed directly to programs of record.
Howard

‘Challenge the Status Quo’: Top Airman Calls for More Diversity in Aviation While Visiting HBCU

Only about 2 percent of Air Force pilots are Black, and that proportion hasn't increased much in the past three decades. In fighter aviation, the imbalance is even more stark: Just 60 fighter pilots in the entire Air Force are Black, and one is the service's top officer, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. The challenge of changing that ratio was a key theme of "We Fly Too" on April 30, a half-day event at the historically Black Howard University that was co-organized by 1st Lt. Dontae Bell, a distinguished alumnus. With about 100 attendees, mostly from Civil Air Patrol and ROTC programs, it kicked off with a town hall conversation between Brown and Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, Howard's president.
air force academy space force

Air Force Academy Gets Its First Space Force Permanent Professor

The U.S. Air Force Academy got its first Space Force permanent professor on April 29, as Col. Luke Sauter transferred over to the new service. Sauter, the Academy’s astronautics department head, joined the Space Force in a transfer ceremony presided over by Brig. Gen. Linell A. Letendre, dean of the faculty, according to a USAFA press release.

Correction

The "This Day in Airpower" in the May 2 Daily Report misidentified the pilot shot down over Yugoslavia in 1999. It was Lt. Col. David L. Goldfein. Goldfein was rescued and went on to become the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Radar Sweep

Japanese and Australian Air Forces Demonstrate ‘Breakthrough in Interoperability’

EurAsian Times

Australia and Japan are two important planks of wider Indo-Pacific policy that aim to counterbalance China’s growing power in the region. Recently, the air forces of the two countries demonstrated a breakthrough in interoperability by carrying out refueling operations mid-air. The Royal Australian Air Force conducted its first-ever air-to-air refueling flight test with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Troops Packed on the Pounds in Pandemic's First Year, Posing Risk to Force Health

Military.com

Nearly half of U.S. adults put on excess pounds during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and several new studies show that service members were not immune to the weight gain. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, 18 percent of Active-duty U.S. service members were classified as obese, having a body mass index, as calculated using weight and height, equal to or greater than 30. Thirteen months later, 19.3 percent of the force had reached that threshold.

How the Space Force Is Working With US Allies

Defense News

When Deanna Ryals joined what was then the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in 2012, her focus was on building partnerships with international allies, specifically around satellite communications. She is now director of the Space Force’s International Affairs Directorate at what is now Space Systems Command. Her office’s mission spans the service’s entire portfolio, including SATCOM, weather, and missile warning and tracking.

Biden’s Javelin Factory Tour Spotlights Struggle to Backfill Ukraine Munitions

Defense News

President Joe Biden is slated to visit Alabama on May 3 to tour a Lockheed Martin facility tasked with manufacturing the Javelin anti-tank missiles that the U.S. has steadily provided to Ukraine with almost legendary success. While a presidential-level visit will draw the American public’s attention to the U.S. defense industry’s role in producing the weapons that have helped the Ukrainian military repel Russian advances, it will also highlight its struggles to replenish the stocks of munitions that the Biden administration has sent abroad.

As Battle for Ukraine Enters a New Phase, So Does Lethal US Aid

Breaking Defense

It’s been two months since Russia began its unprovoked invasion in Ukraine, and a new phase of the war is starting as Russia turns away from its failed assault on Kyiv and begins to coalesce artillery and air support in the eastern Donbas region. For the United States, which has provided a total of $3.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the invasion started Feb. 24, a similar transformation is in progress.

The UFO Briefings on Capitol Hill Have Begun. Lawmakers Aren’t Impressed.

Politico

Lawmakers receiving the latest secret briefings on UFOs say national security agencies still aren’t taking seriously the reports of highly advanced aircraft of unknown origin violating protected airspace. Members of the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees received classified progress reports in recent weeks on a series of new data collection efforts the Pentagon and spy agencies are now required to pursue to more rigorously investigate reports of UFOs, three people with direct knowledge confirmed.

Lawmakers Worry Pentagon Will ‘Shortchange’ INDOPACOM’s Budget Request

Defense One

Some lawmakers are urging their colleagues not to lose sight of the threats posed by China, voicing concern that the Pentagon is trying to “shortchange” its mission in the Pacific. Military leaders have named China the top threat facing the Defense Department, but the Pentagon’s 2023 budget request for the region appears lower than the amount Indo-Pacific Command officials said they need in a March 2022 report to Congress obtained by Defense One. More than a dozen lawmakers are asking leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to boost funding to suit.

Railgun Ammo-Firing Cannon Being Eyed by Air Force for Cruise Missile Defense

The Drive

The Air Force is asking for funds in its budget request for fiscal 2023 to build and test a prototype self-propelled gun designed to shoot down incoming cruise missiles. The service has presented the weapon, which could use ammunition originally developed for the Navy's abortive railgun program, primarily as a possible expeditionary base defense asset.

One More Thing

‘Space Force’ Canceled By Netflix After 2 Seasons

Deadline Hollywood

Netflix has opted not to renew Greg Daniels and Steve Carell’s comedy series “Space Force” for a third season. The decision on the series, which starred John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz alongside Carell, comes two-and-a-half months after Season 2 was released Feb. 18.

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