NSSA Space Time with VCJCS Gen. Hyten

U.S. Poorly Integrates CCMDs, Hasn’t Figured Out Hybrid, Hyten Says

The U.S. hasn't mastered how to close the seams between its combatant commands, and it still is not treating Russia's hybrid warfare activities with discipline and coherence, Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman USAF Gen. John E. Hyten told a Canadian defense conference March 10. He urged “open eyes” in dealing with adversaries, and confronting their behavior that is aimed at undermining liberal democracy in the West.

Watchdog Report Highlights ‘High Risk’ Areas of Afghan Reconstruction

The rate of Taliban violence continues to rise despite the now one-year-old peace deal aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, and the Afghan military still struggles with maintaining its equipment and readiness, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. SIGAR on March 10 released its 2021 “High Risk List,” which outlines specific areas of the U.S. government’s $143 billion reconstruction effort in the country. “Although Afghanistan’s leadership have often stated that their goal is self-reliance, Afghanistan today is nowhere near to being self-reliant—especially in funding its government operations, including military and police—from its own resources,” the report states. “And, as highlighted in our report, reconstruction aid helps keep Afghanistan from reverting to a terrorist safe haven.”

24th SOW Using Machine Learning to Prevent Injuries in Special Tactics Airmen

Tech company Sparta Science is pairing force-plate technology with machine learning to help Air Force Special Operations Command’s 24th Special Operations Wing predict and prevent injuries in its special tactics Airmen. Force-plate scans help illuminate movement quirks that can make people more prone to injuries, and Sparta software creates customized training plans to help people get stronger in order to prevent them. “I think the ultimate goal we’re trying to do is create this vital sign, so … wherever you are, you can quickly be measured by this compared against your history or others’ so you get the best plan to be healthy, right?” Sparta Science Founder and CEO Dr. Phil Wagner told Air Force Magazine.
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III

Austin to Head to the Pacific in First Overseas Trip

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III on March 13 leaves on his first international trip, aimed at “revitalizing” relationships with Indo-Pacific allies while top U.S. diplomats will meet with Chinese officials. Austin will begin the trip by visiting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii, at a time when INDOPACOM is pushing for a large increase in its deterrent fund. He will also meet with leaders in Japan, South Korea, and India. Additionally, Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with top Chinese diplomats in Alaska on March 18.

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

‘We're Going To Lose Fast’: US Air Force Held a War Game That Started with a Chinese Biological Attack

Yahoo! News

Last fall, the U.S. Air Force simulated a conflict set more than a decade in the future that began with a Chinese biological-weapon attack that swept through U.S. bases and warships in the Indo-Pacific region. Then a major Chinese military exercise was used as cover for the deployment of a massive invasion force. The simulation culminated with Chinese missile strikes raining down on U.S. bases and warships in the region, and a lightning air and amphibious assault on the island of Taiwan.

A Radical Plan Calls For Shifting Billions to State from Defense

Defense News

A new report from the Center for American Progress calls for a radical overhaul of the U.S. security assistance program, including shifting roughly $7 billion in funding streams from the Pentagon to the State Department to ensure stronger, more cohesive oversight.

Defense Intelligence Agency Emphasizing Customer Centricity in 5-Year Strategy

Federal News Network

A new strategy from the Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Information Office published at the beginning of 2021 helps lay out the agency’s data and IT goals. The document was not only for its employees and other agencies the DIA works with—it was also a message to vendors and other partners on what the needs are and how they can help.

JAIC Planning Broad-Reaching Projects for 2021 Focused on Business and Logistics

Federal News Network

The Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is now out of its most nascent stages and off and running to make changes in the Pentagon; what that means for the next year is the organization will tackle big projects that have the most potential impact to spread AI throughout the military.

Kosovo Sends Troops on Peacekeeping Mission for First Time

The Associated Press

Kosovo on March 9 sent a military platoon to Kuwait to take part in the country’s first ever international peacekeeping mission. Kosovo is sending the unit on a six-month tour following a request from the U.S. Central Command. Its troops will be under the command of the National Guard of Iowa.

Lockheed-Aerojet Deal Clears Another Hurdle

Defense One

Aerojet Rocketdyne shareholders approved the company’s pending sale to Lockheed Martin on March 9, bringing the $4.4 billion deal another step closer to completion. While U.S. regulators continue to review the deal, Lockheed Martin says the planned acquisition of Aerojet will save the federal government $100 million annually by joining the makers of missiles and rocket motors into one company.

One More Thing

How the Army Combat Fitness Test Exposes the Military’s Unhealthy Focus on ‘Making Weight’

Task & Purpose

Concerns about the way the Army—and the Defense Department as a whole—measures height and weight exists outside the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) and other service fitness tests. As Kristina Fauser-Martin, an Army performance dietician, explained, the body mass index, or BMI, was “never intended to be a measure of health,” adding that BMI was created by an astronomer in the 1830s who took measurements from a population of around 200 white men. Almost two centuries later, those same measurements are still being used for all ethnicities and genders.