jadc2 contract

Air Force Awards JADC2 Contract, Worth up to $950 Million, to 27 Companies

The Air Force’s plans for its portion of joint all-domain command and control have taken a major step forward. The service awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple-award contract worth up to $950 million to 27 companies. The IDIQ deal will give 27 contractors the opportunity to compete for work related to the Pentagon’s ambitious effort to connect sensors and shooters across all domains into one network.
Turkey

F-16 Modernization Sale to Turkey Now Awaits Congress After Biden, DOD Voice Support

The fate of a $6 billion deal with Turkey to modernize its F-16 fleet is in the hands of the U.S. Congress, President Joe Biden said. Biden also denied any “quid pro quo” to incentivize Turkey’s lifting of objections to Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance. “We should sell them the F-16 jets and modernize those jets as well,” Biden said in a press conference following the NATO leaders' summit in Madrid.
ukraine

DOD Announces $820 Million in Aid to Ukraine, Including Norwegian Air Defense System

The Pentagon announced an $820 million aid package to Ukraine that includes the same advanced Norwegian air defense system used to protect the White House. Coupling that with recently arrived multiple-launch rocket systems, the Defense Department said it expects rapid battlefield gains in the Donbas region. “This is something that we have been asking for,” Yuriy Sak, adviser to the minister of defense of Ukraine, told Air Force Magazine. “These are modern, NATO standard systems which are capable of protecting ... the Ukrainian sky from these missile strikes.”
F-35

Pentagon Awards $80 Million for Work on F-35 Engines, Weapons Integration

The Pentagon handed out more than $80 million in contracts for work on the F-35’s engines and weapons integration as well as another $25 million to support the development of a joint simulation environment for the F-22. The largest of the deals handed out went to engine-maker Pratt & Whitney. The contractor received just shy of $69 million to provide a one-time look at the F135 engine for “early identification, development, and qualification of corrections to potential and actual” operational issues with the engine, including safety and maintenance problems.
eucom

EUCOM Command Changes Hands at a ‘Hinge in History’

Army Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli took the lead of U.S. European Command, succeeding Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters and facing “a hinge in history,” Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dramatically transformed security on the continent. The change of command ceremony at Patch Barracks, Germany, was marked by both celebrations and praise for Wolters and Cavoli and references to the historic situation still unfolding.

Radar Sweep

None of the US Air Force’s Linguists Spoke Ukrainian. Then Russia Invaded.

Air Force Times

The Pentagon knew something was coming in Ukraine. Air Force reconnaissance planes had flown over Eastern Europe for months, staffed with military linguists who could interpret what nearby Russian forces were discussing as they prepared to invade neighboring Ukraine. The U.S. had pledged solidarity with Europe’s second-largest country and approved more than $1 billion in military aid. There was just one problem.

They Graduated From Space Force Boot Camp. What Comes Next for Them, and the Service, Is Less Clear.

Military.com

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond stood at a podium, the Texas sun shining down, and looked out at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland's parade field. In front of him stood 71 Space Force Guardians decked out in navy and light blue dress uniforms for their graduation day. Two months earlier, they had arrived from all over the country to make history as the inaugural class in the first basic training done solely by the new service branch.

S. Korea's Defense Procurement Subpanel Approves New F-35A Purchase Proposal: Officials

Yonhap News Agency

A subcommittee of South Korea's state defense procurement committee has endorsed a basic proposal to purchase some 20 F-35A radar-evading fighters. The Defense Project Promotion Committee's subcommittee approved it in a push for a 3.9 trillion-won (US$3 billion) project to introduce the fighters, manufactured by the U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin from 2023 through the mid- to late 2020s.

Marcos Eyes Bigger Philippine Air Force Amid Territorial Rows

Bloomberg

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he plans a “stronger, bigger, and effective” air force as the Southeast Asian nation contends with territorial spats. “A more modern aerial and surveillance capability is all the more felt given the territorial disputes that we, in the Philippines, are involved in,” Marcos said in a speech at an Air Force event, among the first he attended as president. It would also help the fight against insurgents and extremists, he said.

Navy Report: Multiple Errors Poisoned Pearl Harbor Water

The Associated Press

A Navy investigation revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into tap water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels. The investigation is the first detailed account of how jet fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a massive World War II-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, leaked into a well that supplied water to housing and offices in and around the sprawling base. Some 6,000 people suffered nausea, headaches, rashes, and other symptoms.

DOD Agency Wants to Put Weapons Monitors on the Ground in Ukraine

Breaking Defense

The Defense Department agency responsible for overseeing foreign arms sales would like to have a presence on the ground to monitor the use of U.S. weapons in Ukraine, but when that will happen is still unclear, its deputy director said. “We do think that over time, we would like to be able to extend our insights with a greater presence on the ground going forward,” said Jed Royal, deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Navy, Air Force Running ‘Capstone Test’ of New High-Power Microwave Missile

Defense News

The Navy and Air Force research laboratories are wrapping up a five-year joint effort to advance high-power microwave technology with two months of testing in California. The High-Powered Joint Electromagnetic Non-Kinetic Strike Weapon, known as HiJENKS, uses microwave technology to disable electronic systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research are conducting the capstone tests at Naval Air Station China Lake.

US Chips Are Paving China’s Path to AI Superiority, and There’s No Easy Fix

Defense One

Chips designed by U.S. companies are helping China work toward its goal of becoming the world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030, according to a new report from the Center for Security in Emerging Technology, or CSET. But fixing that isn’t as simple as just passing new controls. Some 97 public records of Chinese military purchases of AI chips show that “nearly all of them were designed by Nvidia, Xilinx (now AMD), Intel, or Microsemi”—all U.S. companies, the researchers wrote.

One More Thing

A Homemade Replica of History’s First Bomber

HistoryNet

Mike Fithian approached his re-creation of a 1912 Etrich Taube with compulsive workmanship and attention to detail. That’s because he wanted to build a faithful representation of the airplane his grandfather flew in World War I.

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