Liquori Mitchell Institute

Space Force Set to Make GMTI, Data Transport ‘Big Piece’ of 2024 Budget, Top Planner Says

The Space Force’s much-increased 2023 budget request highlighted major investments in missile warning and tracking, but the service is hoping to add data transport and space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance as major pieces to its 2024 request, its top planner said June 2. Specifically, the Space Force is looking to define the force structure and build a budget for ground moving target indicator capabilities, Lt. Gen. William J. Liquori Jr. said during a virtual Schriever Spacepower Forum hosted by AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
NATO Secretary General visits the United States of America

Stoltenberg Meets With Austin, Highlights Ukraine Aid as Russia Consolidates Gains

Russia’s gains in Eastern Ukraine and Turkey’s concerns with the NATO bids of Finland and Sweden were top of the agenda of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III at the Pentagon June 2. The two leaders were expected to discuss how the latest U.S. aid package might help reverse Russia’s control of 20 percent of Ukrainian territory without escalating the conflict and threatening the NATO alliance.

Radar Sweep

Biggest Military Pay Raise in 20 Years May be Boosted Even More Because of Inflation Worries

Military Times

Service members are in line for their biggest pay raise since 2003 next January, but lawmakers and advocates are questioning whether that will be adequate to keep military families in good financial health. That’s because the formula used to calculate annual pay hikes doesn’t take into account issues like short-term inflation spikes. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted a 6.1 percent jump in the consumer price index this year, but none of that extra expense is built into the military pay raise formula.

Pentagon Announces New Leadership for Chief Digital, AI Office

FedScoop

The Pentagon’s new Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) has hired nearly a dozen senior leaders to serve in its top positions—and met its June 1 deadline to reach full operating capability, FedScoop learned June 1. This news comes nearly six months after the Department of Defense launched a major organizational restructure to place a number of technology-driving components under this newly established office, with the ultimate aim to better scale digital and Al-enabled capabilities across its massive enterprise.

OPINION: Congress is Right: Accelerate the E-7 Wedgetail Buy

Breaking Defense

After months of speculation, in April the Air Force officially chose the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail to replace its decades-old AWACS planes. But there’s a lag between making the choice and flying the planes—during which Mitchell Institute Executive Director Douglas Birkey says Congress and the Air Force must work together in a hurry to minimize the American military’s vulnerability in the skies.

​​How the Pentagon Plans to Manage Inflation in Contracts

Defense One

The Defense Department knows cost increases due to inflation may begin to affect contracts. But, according to recent guidance, defense contracting officers are urged to “limit the scope” when using clauses for pay adjustments. “The current economic environment requires we understand the impacts of inflation to existing contracts and consider various approaches to manage risk of inflation to prospective Department of Defense (DOD) contracts,” John Tenaglia, the principal director for Defense Pricing and Contracting, wrote in a memo dated May 25.

Live, Virtual & Constructive Training

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force is transitioning to more virtual training to give pilots an edge, saying some higher end maneuvers cannot be replicated in real-time training. Learn more on Air Force Magazine’s Live, Virtual & Constructive Training page.

COMMENTARY: Fighting to Get to the Fight

Military Times

“Today, our competitors possess the means to strike critical infrastructure in the homeland with advanced kinetic capabilities such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles, and sea- and air-launched advanced cruise missiles, while also possessing robust non-kinetic cyber and information capabilities. Beyond their current nuclear capabilities, on their current trajectories, both Russia and China will possess the conventional capabilities, across multiple domains, to present a persistent, proximate threat to North America. If left unresolved, these could place power projection capabilities at risk, resulting in the U.S. military being forced to ‘fight to get to the fight,’” writes U.S. Northern Command boss Gen. Glen D. VanHerck and U.S. Transportation Command commander Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost.

Lockheed’s CEO Wants to Fund a Hypersonic Wind Tunnel, But Says DOD Isn’t Buying In

Breaking Defense

Lockheed Martin is willing to build a new wind tunnel to test hypersonic weapons, but the company hasn’t been able to get a revenue commitment from the U.S. government that would allow it to obtain the financing from Wall Street, Lockheed’s chief executive said June 2. During the Bernstein 38th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference, Lockheed CEO Jim Taiclet said the defense firm would need the Pentagon to sign onto a five-to-10-year minimum revenue commitment in order for Lockheed to finance the project.

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Seen With A Fleet Of Drones On Its Deck

The Drive

Images have emerged online that appear to show multiple examples of at least two different types of commercial or commercial-derivative drones with vertical takeoff and landing capability on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong. The exact circumstances behind these pictures are not immediately clear. They do underscore the Chinese People's Liberation Army's ever-increasing efforts to develop and field various types of unmanned aircraft, including those that can operate together in networked swarms, and often with an eye toward performing various roles in the maritime domain.

How Sweden and Finland Could Reshape NATO’s Northern Security

Defense News

America’s top general, Gen. Mark A. Milley, and senior Swedish officials will open a major multinational exercise from Stockholm on June 7 as the Baltic Sea takes on a pivotal role in NATO’s northern defense calculus. With Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership, which is still pending, the famously shallow body of water would essentially become a sea surrounded almost exclusively by alliance countries, with Russia maintaining its access through naval sites in Kaliningrad in the south and the St. Petersburg region at the far eastern end.

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