aggressor F-35s

USAF Doesn’t Expect New Aggressor F-35s’ Camo to Interfere With Stealth

The new “Splinter” camouflage on F-35s assigned to aggressor duty at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., shouldn't negate or interfere with their low observability, meaning they can truly play the role of a stealthy sparring partner for USAF fighters, according to a Nellis spokesperson. The first two F-35s to appear in non-standard markings were revealed at a Nellis ceremony to reactivate the 65th Aggressor Squadron, wearing camouflage reminiscent of both the Russian Su-57 Felon and Chinese J-20 fighters. These were the first F-35s ever to wear anything but the factory-applied, gray-on-gray finish.
Guam defense

Wilsbach: Army Must ‘Step Up’ to Protect Guam, Pacific Air Bases Against New Threats

JOINT REGION MARIANAS HEADQUARTERS, Guam—New missile threats from China coupled with the strategic importance of Guam are heightening the urgency for new defensive systems to protect the island, said Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, commander of Pacific Air Forces. Guam is just a speck in the vast Pacific Ocean, 30 miles long by 12 miles at its widest point, but its location in Micronesia in the South Pacific makes Andersen Air Force Base a crucial hub for fighter and bomber aircraft. The Army's base defense mission is, therefore, paramount to protecting it as a forward position for re-arming and repairing strike aircraft.
space force budget

Space Force Lacks a ‘Credible’ Five-Year Budget, Congressional Report Says

The Space Force is running the risk of starting more programs than it can afford, at least according to its five-year budget plan that isn’t “credible,” according to a key congressional panel. The House Appropriations defense subcommittee offered that stark warning as part of the report it submitted alongside its 2023 appropriations bill, which will be considered by the full committee June 22. 
space force intel

Space Force Set to Establish New Delta to Run Intel Hub

The Space Force will stand up its newest delta with the formation of Space Delta 18, which will operate the National Space Intelligence Center. The new organization will be tasked with helping the Space Force to identify and track threats in orbit, both kinetic and non-kinetic.

Correction

Capt. Jay Zeamer Jr. and 2nd Lt. Joseph R. Sarnoski were flying in a Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress on their flight over Buka, Solomon Islands, in 1943, where their actions earned them Medals of Honor. The June 16 Daily Report incorrectly identified the aircraft.

Radar Sweep

After Delays, Boeing Hopes for MH-139A Grey Wolf FAA Certification This Summer

Breaking Defense

Despite continued challenges pushing the Air Force’s new MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter through the certification process, Boeing hopes to have the chopper completely certified and delivered to the service by the end of this summer, company officials said. A production decision is now anticipated to occur in 2023, having slipped from the original date of September 2021, said Mark Cherry, Boeing’s vice president and general manager of its vertical lift program.

Why This Tiny Island in the Pacific May Be Ground Zero in a War With China

Task & Purpose

In a war with China, the American territory of Guam would likely become the 21st century Pearl Harbor. Stacie Pettyjohn, a defense strategy and wargaming expert, said most wargames involving a Chinese invasion of Taiwan that she has led have begun with the team playing China attacking American bases on Guam and elsewhere in the Pacific to prevent the U.S. military from bringing significant combat power to the early stages of the fight.

The Air Force Builds a Virtual Test Range for Directed Energy Weapons

Federal News Network

When it comes to directed energy technologies such as lasers and microwave weapons, the Air Force just doesn’t have anything that’s quite ready to deploy on a fighter jet. But a new modeling and simulation facility at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is going to try to make sure pilots are ready to use them once they are. The Air Force Research Laboratory just awarded a 10-year, $80 million contract to build a new virtual range for directed energy weapons.

New F-35A Base in Italy to Open by End of Year

Defense News

The Italian Air Force is to get a second air base ready to host the F-35A by the end of this year as deliveries of the aircraft ramp up, according to officials. Work is now underway at Ghedi air base in northern Italy to allow the basing of F-35As there and their inclusion in Ghedi’s 6th Air Force Wing, which currently flies Tornados.

House Armed Services Bill Proposes $75 Million for Rapid Space Launch Activities

SpaceNews

House Armed Services Committee Chair Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act proposes adding $75 million to the Pentagon’s budget for “tactically responsive space,” a program that funds small-satellite launch experiments and demonstrations. Smith on June 20 released his version of the NDAA, or chairman’s mark.

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.

Major Pentagon IT Projects Lack Plans to Secure Networks, Supply Chains: GAO

Defense One

The Defense Department should keep better track of its cybersecurity and supply chain risk management plans, according to a recent watchdog report. The Government Accountability Office found that of the 25 DOD major IT programs it reviewed, only 15 of those programs had a department-approved cybersecurity strategy and just 10 had submitted a system security plan for information and communications technology supply chain risk management.

Canada Investing Billions to Modernize North American Defense

The Associated Press

Canada is investing $4.9 billion Canadian (US$3.8 billion) over the next six years to modernize North America’s aging defensive systems. Defense Minister Anita Anand said the funding is the first of an estimated $40 billion Canadian (US$31 billion) that will be spent over the next 20 years to upgrade the joint U.S.-Canadian early warning system known as North American Aerospace Defense Command and to purchase other military assets to protect the continent.

Biden Administration Commits to Limiting Use of Land Mines

Politico

The White House announced that it will commit to limiting the use of anti-personnel land mines in most places around the world, putting an end to a Trump-era expansion of the policy that President Joe Biden had vowed to reverse. Anti-personnel land mines, designed for use against humans, have a “disproportionate impact on civilians, including children, long after fighting has stopped,” the White House said in a statement.

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Defense Bill Is a Major Cyber Legislation Opportunity for Rep. Langevin

The Washington Post

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), one of the most important cyber lawmakers in history, isn't running for reelection—but he still has work to do. He’s looking at the annual must-pass defense authorization bill as an opportunity to fold in cybersecurity provisions that weren't even on the radar when he first joined Congress two decades ago.

Pentagon Explores Using SpaceX for Rocket-Deployed Quick Reaction Force

The Intercept

The Pentagon envisions a future in which Elon Musk’s rockets might someday deploy a “quick reaction force” to thwart a future Benghazi-style attack, according to documents obtained by The Intercept via Freedom of Information Act request. In October 2020, U.S. Transportation Command, the Pentagon office tasked with shuttling cargo to keep the American global military presence humming, announced that it was partnering with Musk’s SpaceX rocketry company to determine the feasibility of quickly blasting supplies into space and back to Earth rather than flying them through the air.

One More Thing

Air Force Makes the World’s Saddest PB&J Sandwich

Air Force Times

Two slices of Wonder Bread, a dollop of chunky Jif peanut butter, and globs of Smucker’s grape jelly meld together to create one of the most delicious and iconic meals in American history: the PB&J. However, the Air Force Medical Service challenged this timeless recipe, in an effort to encourage better nutrition, with a set of ingredients that would have any kid in the cafeteria wanting desperately to swap his sack lunch.

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