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USAF Pitch Bowl Planned for March

The Air Force is gearing up to host its inaugural “Pitch Bowl” in March 2020, an event that will bring together the best ideas from the growing pool of Pitch Days where companies try to snag a military contract without the years-long wait of traditional procurement.

E-4B Replacement Effort Seeks Industry Input

Air Force officials will gather more information on a future aircraft fleet to replace the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, also known as the “Nightwatch” or “Doomsday” plane, at an industry day in February 2020. The service’s fiscal 2020 budget request noted that the Defense Department could choose one airframe to consolidate the capabilities offered by the Air Force’s E-4B and the Navy’s E-6B Mercury into an “optimized fleet” dubbed the “Survivable Airborne Operations Center.”
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F-16 Damaged, but Pilot “in Good Condition” After Kunsan Crash

The unidentified F-16 pilot who was forced to eject during a routine landing on Dec. 2 at Kunsan AB, South Korea, “was released in good condition” after being sent to a medical center with “minor injuries,” according to the 8th Fighter Wing. “While the aircraft sustained damage after the ejection, there was no damage to other base assets or property,” the wing wrote in a Dec. 4 release. The wing has also resumed flying operations at the base.

First Weapons School Space Warfighting Course Graduates

Six airmen last month became the first graduates of the new US Air Force Weapons School class aimed at training space warfighters. The new 1C6 Space Warfighter Advanced Instructor Course is aimed at providing advanced academic training to plan and “integrate space capabilities into joint operations.”

Radar Sweep

‘If He Was on the Battlefield, He Probably Would’ve Been Shot in the Back’—Inside the Toxic Command of Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee Levy

Task and Purpose

There are good leaders and bad leaders, and then there are leaders whose command climates are so toxic and humiliating that they make deployments seem like a cakewalk. Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee Levy II was in the third category, according to a recent Inspector General report. The 80-page report was unwavering in its condemnation of Levy, who, as head of the Air Force Sustainment Center based in Tinker Air Force Base, was responsible for nearly 43,000 airmen, multiple supply chain wings and air base wings, and nearly two dozen operating locations both within and outside the continental US.

Several Rockets Land Near Iraqi Base Housing US Troops

Military Times

The US-led coalition combating the Islamic State group said Dec. 3 that several rockets landed outside the Iraqi al-Asad airbase, which houses American troops. No facilities were hit and there were no injuries.

Griffin: DOD Can’t Rely on Commercial Satellite Communications

Breaking Defense

Communications satellite constellations such as those being launched by SpaceX, OneWeb, Telesat, and Amazon haven’t proven they can make money so the Pentagon needs to build its own Low Earth Orbit network, says Defense Department Research and Engineering czar Mike Griffin.

When Do Cyberattacks Deserve a Response from NATO?

Fifth Domain

That question, on so-called Article 5 intrusions, has intrigued cybersecurity experts since the organization declared cyberspace a domain of warfare in 2016. But a more immediate question may be how NATO and its member nations confront the daily cyber events that never rise to the threshold of armed attacks.

One More Thing

Astronauts Will Soon Get to Light a Fire Onboard the ISS

MIT Technology Review

It’s usually never a good idea to play with fire, and that goes double inside a spacecraft 250 miles above Earth. But in the coming weeks, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be told to light a fire inside a miniature wind tunnel, in an effort to understand how fire behaves and spreads in microgravity.