DOD CIO, JAIC Director Brief on Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

Air Force to Test Fighter Drone Against Human Pilot

Air Force researchers are designing an autonomous aircraft that can take down a manned plane in air-to-air combat, with the goal of pitting the two against each other in July 2021. Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, head of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said the Air Force Research Laboratory team is pushing the boundaries of what the military can build, compared to the aircraft that already fill the service’s squadrons. “[Team leader Steve Rogers] is probably going to have a hard time getting to that flight next year … when the machine beats the human,” Shanahan said during a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event. “If he does it, great.”
Utah National Guard deploys to nation's capital upon request from President

10 States Send Guardsmen to Assist Law Enforcement in D.C.

National Guard troops—including Air National Guardsmen—from 10 states are deployed or slated to travel to Washington to reinforce the District of Columbia National Guard’s support to local and federal law enforcement, amid ongoing civil unrest following George Floyd’s May 25 death in police custody, the National Guard Bureau said in a June 4 release. As of the morning of June 4, more than 32,400 Guard personnel from 32 states and the nation’s capital had been tapped to back up law-enforcement responses to these civil disturbances, the release stated.

Hickam, JBSA, Tinker to Host Next 5G Tests

The Defense Department is rolling out 5G technology for experimentation and testing at seven more military bases, including the Air Force’s main training base. The second tranche of bases includes Naval Base Norfolk, Va.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.; Fort Hood, Texas; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. These bases, in addition to the first tranche announced last year, make 12 total military installations that will explore potential uses for 5G.
RQ-4 2020 rotation of operation in Japan

Guam’s Global Hawks Move to Japan for Typhoon Season

A contingent of RQ-4 Global Hawks are now flying out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, after making their regular trip from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to avoid bad weather. The RQ-4s often move to Japan to stay safe from Andersen's typhoon season. A Pacific Air Forces release said the unmanned surveillance aircraft, owned by the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, started heading to Yokota on May 30. Having alternate locations to perform the Global Hawk mission allows the Air Force to continue collecting reconnaissance images while supporting Japan and keeping peace in the Indo-Pacific, said Lt. Col. Ben Craycraft, commander of 319th Operations Group's Detachment 1.

Virtual Events: Scowcroft Group’s Miller on Mitchell’s Nuclear Deterrence Series, and More

On March 23, the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies will host a virtual Nuclear Deterrence Series event featuring Scowcroft Group Principal Frank Miller. At a time when nuclear modernization programs are accelerating around the world, proposals to recapitalize the U.S. nuclear arsenal are at the forefront of debates over defense spending. Miller will share his insights into the prospects for U.S. nuclear modernization programs and the value of nuclear deterrence in today's competitive security environment. The think tank will post event video on its website and YouTube page after the live event.

Radar Sweep

Snapshot: DOD and COVID-19

Air Force Magazine

Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air Force Preparing for Furloughed Commercial Pilots to Request Return to Duty

Nearly 200 pilots have chosen to stay in the U.S. Air Force as major airlines operate in a limited capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak, sharply reducing the number of commercial flights around the world. While the service is still gathering data, "171 pilots have been approved to stay past their original retirement or separation dates" since March, Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Malinda Singleton said in an email June 4.

Faster Acquisition

Air Force Magazine

The Air Force is leveraging emerging technologies and new legislation to accelerate acquisition decisions and streamline sustainment. Read more here.

Iran Frees American, U.S. Allows Dual Citizen to Visit Iran in Deal


A U.S. Navy veteran who said he contracted the coronavirus while detained in Iran since 2018 was freed June 4 as part of a deal in which the United States allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran, his lawyer and a U.S. official said. Iran’s decision to release American Michael White and the U.S. move to let dual citizen Majid Taheri visit Iran, both of which were confirmed by Iran’s foreign minister, appeared to be a rare instance of U.S.-Iranian cooperation.