Biden, Harris, Milley & Austin

Biden Outlines Views on Using Military Power in 1st Pentagon Visit as President

The U.S. military under President Joe Biden will use force as a “tool of last resort” as he aims to bring a responsible end to ongoing wars, though he told Defense Department employees during his first Pentagon visit he will never hesitate to use force if needed. “Our country is safer and stronger when we lead not just with the example of our power, but with the power of our example,” Biden said on Feb. 10. During a brief speech from the Pentagon briefing room, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, Biden also promised service members he will “never politicize the work that you do” and will ensure “every single person is treated with dignity and respect.”
President Joe Biden at the Pentagon

Biden Announces DOD Task Force on China Policy

President Joe Biden on Feb. 10 announced a new Defense Department quick-paced review of the military’s overall strategy toward China. Over the next “few months,” the Department of Defense China Task Force will work to define new priorities and “decision points so that we can chart a strong path forward on China-related matters,” Biden told DOD personnel in a speech from the Pentagon briefing room. The results of that review are expected to be released within the next four months, according to the Pentagon.
379th SRS conducts Deployment Field Training Exercise

Space Force Building Plan to Combine Active-Duty and Reserve Service

Space Force officials are fleshing out the details of a unique approach to military service that combines Active-duty and Reserve commitments, hoping that design will provide more flexibility for families and ultimately keep people in uniform longer. The service may decide to keep a separate Space National Guard as well, Lt. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, staff director at Space Force headquarters, said during a Feb. 10 Space Foundation event.
Bomber trifecta perform flyover at Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl Bomber Flyover Previews Future Tactics

The formation flyover of the Super Bowl is a signal of future dissimilar bomber missions, Air Force Global Strike Command said, revealing a series of recent test flights at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to explore and experiment with such pairings. A B-1B flew a sortie with a B-52 on one flight, and bomber crew members swapped jets to see how the other system is deployed.

Multiple USAF Installations Tweak Security Protocols After Andrews Breach

At least three domestic Air Force bases have changed the way they handle base visitors since the Feb. 4 breach at Joint Base Andrews, Md., in which an adult male made his way onto a C-40B aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing and sparked a global base security review of all Air and Space Force installations. However, Andrews was the only base to identify the incident as the impetus behind its posture shift.
433rd Security Forces defenders return home

Lackland Defenders Return from 6-Month Deployment to Kuwait

Thirty-five Reservists from the 433rd Security Forces Squadron returned home to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, on Jan. 31 following a six-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Spartan Shield, the squadron told Air Force Magazine on Feb. 9. During the deployment, the Lackland defenders “provided air base defense and base security” at Kuwait International Airport.

30 Years After Desert Storm: Feb. 11

In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.

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Air Force Reduces Exhibition Flights on New F-35 Engine Woes


The Air Force F-35 jet team that performs at air shows around the world has had to scale back appearances this year. The problem: a growing shortage of engines because of longer repair periods, some due to previously unreported shortcomings with engine blade coatings. Air Combat Command, which controls the F-35 demonstration team, late last month cut the number of 2021 shows by eight performances, or about one-third, to ensure the flying doesn’t aggravate a worsening service-wide shortage of Raytheon Technologies Corp. engines.

Air Force Buys Streaming Data Warehouse for Pathfinder, JADC2 Concepts


The Air Force’s digital directorate awarded a contract worth up to $100 million over five years for a data warehousing capability that will pull together information from independent systems covering the air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains to create models and visualizations that will improve situational awareness and allow operators to pinpoint threats to the homeland quickly.

OSD, Joint Staff Double Down on DOD-Wide Data Standards

Breaking Defense

The Joint Staff and DOD’s Chief Data Office David Spirk have agreed to lead a new process to set data standards for all future military sensors and weapons to connect at machine speed—the foundation for success in all domain operations, leaders of the J6 say.

Hypersonic Debates Shaped by Politics: Aerospace

Breaking Defense

The intense debate over the capabilities of hypersonic missiles divides US scientists and experts along political lines and that is complicating the Pentagon’s investment decisions, finds a new study by the non-profit Aerospace Corporation.

SPONSORED—VIDEO: 4 Principles of Agile JADC2 Development

Air Force Magazine

Innovation has always been a hallmark of the U.S. Air Force. But with the accelerating pace of technology development, the service needs a new approach to modern design to make the latest technologies profoundly more accessible.

‘They Are Not Cogs in a Wheel’—Congressional Panel to Focus on Humanizing Issues Regarding Troops in 2021

Federal News Network

Entering her third year as chairwoman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she is on a mission to further humanize military service members to the massive organization they serve. Speier, who led the subcommittee to work on sexual assault issues, racial disparity problems, readiness gaps, and extremism in the military, told Federal News Network this year will be an extension of the progress the panel has made in the past.

Judge to Recommend Whether Ex-AFRL Commander to Be Court-Martialed

Dayton Daily News

Government and defense attorneys traded arguments in military court on Feb. 8, with the defense for the former commander of Air Force Research Laboratory contending that USAF Maj. Gen. William Cooley is the victim of a “conspiracy” to end his career, and prosecutors arguing that Cooley sexually assaulted a woman.

Bill Would Cut over 100,000 DOD Jobs

Federal Times

New legislation would require the Department of Defense to cut its civilian workforce by 15 percent by 2025, a move that would result in the elimination of over 100,000 federal jobs based on current numbers.