Daily Report

July 21, 2023
cybercom nsa

Air Force Nominee to Lead NSA and CYBERCOM Says They Should Keep Sharing One Leader

Testifying before the Senate on July 20, the Air Force general nominated to head both the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command offered a full-throated endorsement of the “dual-hat” arrangement in which the same official leads both organizations. “Having a single leader with the ability to align the capabilities of NSA and Cyber Command gives us greater speed and agility,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh.
SASC Brown Chairman nomination

SASC Approves Brown’s Nomination to Be Chairman. Full Senate Vote Is Next.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to forward the nomination of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sending it to the Senate for action. Just how long that might take is unclear. Brown's was among 2,699 military nominations approved by the SASC as a bloc in a quick voice vote July 30. The Air Chief garnered bipartisan praise and faces no serious opposition in the Senate, his nomination joins more than 100 others for general and flag officers that have been approved in committee only to be held up on the floor.
E-8 JSTARS divestment

So Long, JSTARS: One of the Last E-8s Hits the Highway for its Final Destination

An unusual vehicle made its way down Georgia State Highway 247 on July 16—an E-8C JSTARS aircraft. Airmen from the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings helped tow the airframe, tail number 2000, four miles down the road from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., to the Museum of Aviation, where it will be displayed to the public after being retired in May 2023, a spokesperson for the 78th Air Base Wing told Air & Space Forces Magazine. 

Radar Sweep

Fertility Testing, Artificial Insemination Would Be Available to Troops Under Proposed Bill


Fertility treatments that could increase the possibility of pregnancy are being debated by the Senate and could potentially be added into the must-pass annual defense policy bill—making them available to Active-Duty troops and their dependents. The treatments and services under consideration include fertility testing and intrauterine insemination, or IUI, a type of artificial insemination that can increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy by as much as 20 percent.

Lockheed Secures $221M Army Deal for High-Powered Air Defense Laser Prototype

Breaking Defense

The U.S. Army has selected at least one company, Lockheed Martin, to develop a new high-energy laser prototype to protect fixed and semi-fixed sites from incoming aerial threats, according to a contract notification. On July 19, the service announced Lockheed has received an “other transaction authority” deal worth up to $220.8 million to “to develop, integrate, manufacture, test, and deliver” an Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) prototype weapon system. For now, though, the Army has provided the company with $154 million in fiscal 2023 funding, and the remaining funds could be funneled toward the effort between now and mid-October 2025.

US State Dept Clears $2.9 Billion Sale of Missiles to Germany

Defense News

The U.S. State Department has approved a sale to Germany of air-to-air missiles worth an estimated $2.9 billion. The possible foreign military sale would see Germany receive up to 969 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and related equipment, according to a July 19 news release by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress of the department’s approval.

Chinese Spy Balloon Exposed Gaps in US Ability to Detect Threats, NORAD Commander Says

NBC News

The Chinese spy balloon that flew across North America earlier this year exposed important gaps in the United States’ ability to detect airborne threats and propelled the development of new surveillance technology, the senior U.S. commander responsible for patrolling the skies told NBC News in an exclusive interview. Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said that U.S. surveillance capabilities have been strengthened with new technology since the balloon was spotted off Alaska in late January.

Go Deeper on Operational Imperatives

Air & Space Forces Magazine

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has defined seven Operational Imperatives for the Department of the Air Force to work on, warning that “if we don't get them right, we will have unacceptable operational risk.” From a resilient space order of battle to the development of next-generation tactical air dominance and global strike platforms, these imperatives will define the Air Force for decades to come—Dive deeper into each one with our new “Operational Imperatives” pages highlighting all the latest news and developments on these critical efforts.

Pentagon Innovation Hub Wants to Field Commercial Tech at Scale

Defense News

The Defense Innovation Unit is about to enter its technology scaling era. Founded in 2015 to help create a bridge between Silicon Valley startups and the Pentagon, the organization’s early work has focused on building partnerships and proving the value of commercial technology for military needs. Now, according to DIU’s new directo, Doug Beck, it’s time to make a deliberate shift toward fielding the most military-relevant commercial technologies at a large scale.

Space Force Using Anduril Software to Integrate US Space Surveillance Sensors


The Space Force is using a software platform developed by Anduril Industries to integrate data from a decades-old network of space surveillance sensors. DOD announced July 12 that Anduril won an $8 million contract extension to field its mesh networking software at Space Surveillance Network sites through December 2024. The software autonomously analyzes data from sensors and provides an integrated picture.

US Military Tests New Smartphone App That Could Help Shoot Down Drones


Special task forces under U.S. Central Command tested a new smartphone app this week that could help the U.S. military crowdsource efforts to defeat enemy unmanned aerial systems. The tool, known as CARPE Dronvm, was put through its paces at McEntire Joint National Guard Base and Poinsett Range in South Carolina, according to a Defense Department release.

One More Thing

The Dodge Challenger and Charger—Kings of GWOT Parking Lots—Will End Sales This Month

Task & Purpose

It’s the end of an era for cash-flush junior enlisted troops and the car salesmen who love them. The end of July will mark the end of new orders for both the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Dodge announced last year that the two muscle cars would end production in late 2023, but dealers will stop taking orders for the car after July 31. In other words, there aren’t too many days left to spend a significant portion of that enlistment bonus, money saved up from a deployment, or cash that you don’t actually have on a vehicle that will in all likelihood spend most of its time sitting in a parking lot.