KC-46 record

KC-46 Sets AMC Endurance Record With 24.2-Hour Flight

A KC-46 Pegasus crewed by Airmen from the 22nd Refueling Wing flew for more than 24 hours, establishing a new Air Mobility Command record and covering more than 9,000 miles. The 24.2-hour, record-breaking flight was intended to gather data on the “feasibility, limitations, potential risks as well as unique benefits of the KC-46 for long-duration flights,” according to the Air Force.
Pacific

DOD’s Pacific Plans Aren’t Scaled Back to Finance Ukraine Aid, Say Austin and Milley

A hearing of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee drew attention to perceived funding shortfalls in the U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, but Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said plans to counter China have not been curtailed by the demands to defend NATO and supply weapons to Ukraine. Austin said the DOD's "pacing challenge remains countering aggression from China,” noting $6 billion in the fiscal 2023 budget for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative. “We’re going to enhance our force posture, our infrastructure, our presence, and our readiness in the Indo-Pacific, including the missile defense of Guam,” Austin said.
space domain awareness

Pentagon Watchdog: Space Command HQ Selection Process ‘Reasonable’

The Air Force didn’t break the law, nor did it violate Defense Department policy, when it chose Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command in 2020, according to DOD’s internal watchdog. However, the Office of the Inspector General recommended that Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III more firmly solidify the headquarters selection process for a unified combatant command and found other irregularities and concerns.
hbtss

MDA Hopes to Add Its Own Satellites to Missile Tracking Architecture

As the Space Development Agency moves forward with plans for missile tracking and warning satellites, the Missile Defense Agency hopes to add its own satellites to that architecture. Two prototypes are scheduled to launch in March 2023 and will be placed in orbit so that they can "monitor tests" in the Indo-Pacific region, said MDA's director, Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill.

Radar Sweep

Military Stores Scrambling to Get Baby Formula—What New Parents Need to Know

Military Times

Military families are seeing the same shortage of baby formula in military stores that customers are finding in many civilian stores across the U.S. For now, however, overseas and remote commissaries have adequate supplies of baby products on hand. “We will ensure all orders for overseas and remote stores receive priority for baby formula shipments,” said a spokesperson for the Defense Commissary Agency, adding that it would be airlifted to overseas commissaries if necessary.

Record Contract Awarded for F-35 Facilities at Tyndall Air Force Base

WJHG

The single largest military construction contract on record in the Air Force database was awarded to build Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., up to be the Base of the Future. Tyndall officials announced that the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $532 million construction contract to Hensel Phelps to deliver 11 projects that will directly support flight line operations for the F-35A Lightning II aircraft. The jets are expected to arrive at Tyndall in September 2023. Officials say that accounting for contingencies and contract oversight, this represents a $604 million investment in rebuilding Tyndall.

Pentagon Tests High-Power Microwave Systems Against Drones

Defense News

The Pentagon’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office has wrapped up a demonstration of high-power microwave technology capable of taking out multiple drone threats at once. Army officials running the effort said the vendors that pitched high-power microwave capabilities were successful in defeating incoming drone threats, including two at a time.

Training, Logistics Snafus Show How US Advisers Could Help Ukraine, Volunteers Say

Defense One

Endless images of damaged Russian tanks show how Ukrainians are putting U.S. Javelin missiles to use—and yet they could be fighting even more effectively if more U.S. advisers were there to help, say two U.S. volunteers who recently returned from the war-torn country. Mark Hayward, a retired U.S. Special Forces operator from Alaska, went to Ukraine shortly after the war broke out and soon found himself training Ukrainians to use the shoulder-fired Javelin anti-tank missile. He said the United States is missing a key opportunity by not sending more military advisers to offer training on weapons and help with logistics.

The Air Force Wants to Shutter an Air Training Center Congress Just Spent $25 Million Fixing

Military.com

Dozens of fighter jets from across the country have congregated at a center on Georgia's coast this month for "Sentry Savannah," the Air National Guard's largest air combat training exercise. At least 48 combat jets have taken over the runways at the Air Dominance Center, located at the Savannah Air National Guard Base, in an example of how planes from the Active-duty Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as reserve units, use the space. But President Joe Biden's 2023 budget proposal cuts funding for the center, which could put 120 jobs on the line; make a recent $25 million military construction project for a new hangar useless; and, ultimately, close one of the largest regional installations for reserve air combat exercises.

AFSOC Working to Embed Chaplains to Combat ‘Moral Injuries' in Its Squadrons

Northwest Florida Daily News

Air Force Special Operations Command is working to embed a chaplain and a chaplain assistant into all of its squadrons to address what Lt. Gen. James C. “Jim” Slife, who leads the command, called "moral injury" in recent testimony to a subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee. AFSOC comprises a number of squadrons at Hurlburt Field, Fla., elsewhere in the United States, and in various locations around the globe.

Space Force to Invest in Testing Infrastructure to Evaluate New Systems

SpaceNews

The Space Force, in a vision document, calls for the service to invest in infrastructure and a skilled workforce to support the testing of new satellite designs and other systems. In the “Space Test Enterprise Vision,” the service says the traditional methods for testing hardware and software are no longer adequate to evaluate future systems. Satellites typically have been tested for their technical performance but not for their survivability against anti-satellite weapons, said Gen. David D. Thompson, vice chief of space operations.

Pentagon R&E Office Announces Reorganization to Bolster Tech Transition

Inside Defense

The Pentagon's research and engineering office is shaking up its organizational chart by redesignating three positions as deputy chief technology officers and shifting the purview of those roles in an attempt to streamline the technology-to-capability pipeline. The changes target the current trio of defense R&E directors within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

Outgoing DIU Head ‘Frustrated … We’re Not Supported’ More by Big Pentagon

Breaking Defense

When Michael Brown, a former CEO of cybersecurity firm Symantec, joined the Pentagon in September 2018 to lead the Defense Innovation Unit, his goal was direct: to scale up the work being done by the department’s office dedicated to strengthening ties between the department and commercial technology firms. Brown formally announced his plans to leave DIU at his four-year anniversary. In an interview, he opened up about the challenges the office faces, including what he said was a critical lack of support from Pentagon leadership, the optimism he still holds for the office, and the ways the DOD must course-correct to bring cutting-edge technologies to the military.

One More Thing

Passenger With ‘No Idea How to Fly' Lands Plane at Florida Airport After Pilot Goes ‘Incoherent'

NBC Miami

A passenger with no flying experience managed to land a small plane at an airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., after the pilot suffered a medical emergency during the flight. The single-engine Cessna 208 with two people onboard landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport around 12:30 p.m. May 10 thanks to the help of an air traffic controller guiding the passenger to pilot the plane.

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