We missed the hint earlier this month of a significant change within the Air Staff. It was the announcement that the Air Force has tapped Lt. Gen. David Deptula for assignment as the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence. (Deptula currently serves as vice commander of Pacific Air Forces and commander of the Kenney Warfighting Center.) As of March, intelligence had been part of the job of the director of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance within the DCS for air and space operations.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.