Q&A With EUCOM Nominee Gen. Tod Wolters
DOD Looks at Air Force Successes as it Revamps Software Acquisition
Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said work is already underway to meet one of 10 key recommendations the Defense Innovation Board issued in its congressionally mandated report on improving software acquisition, to be delivered to lawmakers next week. The Defense Department is offering a government or third-party cloud environment to software developers to cut the amount of time it takes to get code into the field, and the DIB said the rest of the services should consider creating a program executive officer for digital like the Air Force did last year. Read the full story by Rachel S. Cohen.
Dunford: Doesn’t Make Sense to Sell F-35s to Turkey if Ankara Buys Russian S-400s
Dunford Talks Russian, Chinese Threats During Atlantic Council DIscussion
The US has increased its presence in Europe as a “physical representation” of its commitment to NATO, making Russia uncomfortable even as it continues its information and cyber warfare operations on the continent, the top US uniformed official said Thursday. Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford also talked about China’s efforts to modernize its military, and he chastised US companies that may be helping that country’s military innovate. Read the full story by Brian Everstine.
Space Force’s Projected Size Drifts Upward, Drawing Concern on Capitol Hill
Despite “lean” pledges, aides are skeptical about the size of the proposed branch and the number of generals who will lead it. Defense One
Offutt Stands-up Emergency Family Assistance Center
The Offutt Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center is scheduled to host an Emergency Family Assistance Center March 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Air Force News
RAF Lakenheath Demolition Work Clears the Way for US F-35 Campus
Kier-VolkerFitzpatrick has begun demolition work at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in Suffolk in the UK, to prepare the base for the arrival of two squadrons of US Air Force F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft. Airforce Technology
Should Veterans Have to Pay for VA’s Benefits Errors?
A group of Senate lawmakers is again arguing that if veterans are overpaid on benefits because of accounting errors, they shouldn’t be punished for the federal government’s mistakes. Military Times
Marine Corps Commandant Says Deploying Troops to the Border Poses ‘Unacceptable Risk’
The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president’s emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” Los Angeles Times
One More Thing …
Newly Remastered Archival Video Shows the Power of the First Nuclear Weapons Test
The YouTunnel channel atomcentral has been bringing important archival footage about nuclear weapons to the world’s attention for a dozen years now. Its latest video is a look at the very first nuclear weapons test ever conducted. Popular Mechanics