Daily Report

Dec. 1, 2023

New Schedule for Sentinel Coming Soon, Says ICBM Modernization Boss

The head of a new office created to oversee the modernization of the Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missile fleet said he expects to receive a schedule update on the Sentinel program “at the end of the year” from contractor Northrop Grumman. Brig. Gen. Colin J. Connor, head of Air Force Global Strike Command’s new ICBM Modernization Directorate, declined to comment on any potential delays in the schedule for the Sentinel.

Latest KC-46 Lot Contract Award Leaves Only Three More to Go

Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.

Air Guardsmen Keep Aging F-15Cs Flying With Spare Parts Made In-House

The average age for America’s fleet of F-15C Eagles is about 38 years old, and many of the aircraft’s spare parts are no longer produced or can take days to order from a manufacturer. Luckily, the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing has a metals technology shop at the Portland Air Guard Station where Airmen fabricate parts in-house to keep the wing’s elder Eagles flying.

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DIU Eyeing Feb-Aug 2025 to Field First Replicator Systems, Wants Industry Input

Breaking Defense

The Defense Innovation Unit is planning a technology summit early next year to increase industry engagement in the department’s Replicator initiative, as the government eyes a first “tranche” of systems that will be ready to field between February and August of 2025. Ahead of that summit, the Pentagon’s tech office is working to understand what gaps exist that Replicator can fill, DIU Director Doug Beck told reporters.

Israel Knew Hamas’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago

The New York Times

Israeli officials obtained Hamas’s battle plan for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack more than a year before it happened, documents, emails and interviews show. But Israeli military and intelligence officials dismissed the plan as aspirational, considering it too difficult for Hamas to carry out.

Slowed Recruiting, Delayed Change of Station Moves: Joint Chiefs Chairman Warns Against Yearlong Stopgap Budget


Military personnel funding would have a $5.8 billion shortfall and no new military construction projects would be able to start if Congress does not pass a regular full-year Pentagon spending bill for this fiscal year, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned in a recent letter to Congress. “DOD has never operated under a year-long CR; it would be historically costly to the Joint Force,” Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Nov. 29.

Poll Finds Strong Support for Arming Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan

Defense News

An annual poll commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Institute found strong public support for arming Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as Congress negotiates a path forward on President Joe Biden’s $106 billion supplemental spending request to arm all three security partners in the weeks ahead. The Reagan National Defense Survey, conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Co., polled 2,506 U.S. adults between Oct. 27 and Nov. 5 on national security issues. The Reagan Institute released the results on Nov. 30 ahead of its annual National Defense Forum.

Satellite Photos Show US Work on ACE Airfield at Tinian in the Pacific

Business Insider

The US Air Force has been scouring the Pacific for more airfields, seeking alternatives to the handful of sprawling bases in the region that it has built up and relied on for decades. The search is part of an effort to disperse US forces to counter the growing reach of the Chinese military, which has developed long-range missiles that could strike the US's main operating bases hard at the beginning of a war. US troops have ventured to remote corners of the Pacific and to bases rarely used since World War II—including the island of Tinian, where they are reclaiming an airfield that last saw major use by B-29 bombers in 1944 and 1945.

Extremism Stand-Down Checked a Box with No Lasting Result, Critics Say

Military Times

An Army nursing specialist was working inside a hospital at Fort Johnson in the spring of 2021 when he was instructed by a supervisor to gather for a training session about extremism. It was just weeks after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, where some veterans and service members joined a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of presidential power. In response, the Pentagon had mandated a one-day training on domestic extremism, with units across the country left to decide the best way to convey the message.

Japan Suspends Its Osprey Flights after the Fatal Crash of a US Air Force Aircraft

The Associated Press

Japan suspended flights by its Osprey aircraft on Nov. 30, officials said, the day after a U.S. Air Force Osprey based in Japan crashed into the sea during a training mission. Tokyo said it also asked the U.S. military to ground all Ospreys operating in Japan except for those joining the search operations at the crash site.

Pentagon’s UAP Investigation Chief to Depart Dec. 1


When he leaves his Pentagon office on Dec. 1, Sean Kirkpatrick—the chief investigator of seemingly unexplainable anomalies that continue to perplex military pilots and raise concerns about national security—will be exiting the building in that capacity for the last time.

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IG: Air Force Not Properly Preventing, Managing B-52 Spare Parts Shortages

Inside Defense

The B-52 Systems Program Office ineffectively managed diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages and subsequently didn't adequately prevent or respond to spare part shortages for the legacy platform, a Defense Department inspector general report found. The SPO didn't establish a DMSMS management team or coordinate management across the B-52 supply chain nor did it identify spare parts by maintaining a “complete and accurate DMSMS list,” the report states.

One More Thing

No, This Is Not a Secret UFO Crash Retrieval

The War Zone

With claims of that the U.S. government has been clandestinely retrieving crashed UFOs for decades making their rounds these days, some images posted by the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) today will definitely raise some eyebrows—at first glance. The images show a weathered flying saucer being unloaded from the cavernous cargo hold of a C-5 Galaxy at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the home of the NMUSAF, and also a place that is steeped in UFO lore.