Space Force’s New Futures Command Could Reach IOC this Year

Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton, the Space Force’s chief planning officer, is taking the lead on developing the service’s newest field command, Space Futures Command, and hopes to reach an initial capability before the end of 2024. A “task force” of roughly 10 to 15 people will ...

Space Force Leaders Sound Alarm on Budget

For all of its brief existence, the Space Force has enjoyed sizable budget boosts every year as the service grew, expanded, and took on new missions. But with Congress struggling to pass a 2024 budget five months into the fiscal year, the threat of sequestration cuts ...

Autonomous Cargo Planes: Is This the Future of ACE?

In an exercise focused on Agile Combat Employment earlier this year, the Air Force got a taste of technology that could prove pivotal to the concept—autonomous software and hardware that can let conventional aircraft taxi, take off, fly, and land without a pilot at the ...

‘Proliferation Everywhere’: How Space Force Will Answer New Threats

Revelations that Russia is developing a space-based anti-satellite nuclear weapon made headlines earlier this month, posing threats to military and civilian satellite constellations. The Space Force aims to counter that risk by doubling down on its “proliferation” strategy, potentially expanding into other orbits, including seldom-used ...

USSF’s Top Buyer to Industry: Stop Low-Bidding Now

The Department of the Air Force’s space acquisition boss called for industry to stop low-bidding contracts and for the Pentagon to only select realistic proposals on Feb. 23, arguing that failures to do so eventually forces the Space Force to “rob our future to pay ...

What Does the Future Look Like for Battle Managers?

As the Air Force’s command and control enterprise starts the process of a massive transformation, the generals leading the charge have no doubt that the service will always need Airmen capable of making critical battle management decisions. The details of how these battle managers will transition ...

Air Force Field-Testing New Tactical Command & Control Modules

The Air Force has acquired, fielded, and started experimenting with more than a dozen kits of an advanced new command-and-control node, with hopes to get troops’ feedback before acquiring hundreds more, the service’s leading C2 officials said at the AFA Warfare Symposium.