General McConville gives speech at Col. King’s promotion

Army Chief Stakes Claim to Deep Strike, Defense Suppression Missions

The Army is pursuing its own deep strike and suppression of enemy air defense capability—roles and missions assigned to the Air Force. The Army is already setting up a forward-based task force that will direct the employment of hypersonic and mid-range missiles for the mission set, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville told reporters March 11, explaining that the Army will clear away air defenses for the Air Force and Navy.
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JAIC Chief: Culture and Process Biggest Barriers to Pentagon Adoption of AI

If the Department of Defense is going to get AI-ready by 2025, meeting the target set by a blue-ribbon commission this month, it will have to get out of its own way, Lt. Gen. Michael S. Groen, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said March 11. “It's not just technology right? The technology is just a small piece of it,” he told a Government CIO Media and Research event. More important for the DOD when it came to implementing AI was the need for digital modernization and to overcome bureaucratic inertia and other cultural or process barriers.
Balfour Beatty Communities

Military Housing Companies on Track to Meet Tenant Bill of Rights Requirements

Three of the largest companies providing on-base military housing say they are on track to implement all requirements under the Defense Department’s new Tenant Bill of Rights, though one company skipped out on appearing before lawmakers in a joint hearing on housing issues. Representatives of three companies—Balfour Beatty Communities, Lendlease Americas, and Corvias Group LLC—testified before the House Armed Services readiness and military personnel subcomittees on March 10 that they have taken steps, including spending more money to improve housing and improving communication with service members, in the aftermath of multiple high-profile reports of substandard housing. One company, Clark Realty Capital, declined to participate in the hearing.

Air Force Inspector General: ‘Human Error’ Enabled Andrews Breach

A complacent defender failed to prevent an intruder from accessing Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Feb. 4, the Air Force Inspector General found. In a report released March 11, the IG said the intruder came upon a malfunctioning gate and, because of other Airmen’s mistakes, accessed the Andrews flight line and boarded a C-40B aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing.
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First Air Force to Become SPACECOM’s Air Component

First Air Force will provide Air Force support to the recently re-established U.S. Space Command, making the organization responsible for both protecting the homeland and now supporting operations in space. The numbered Air Force also will continue to support U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Air Combat Command is working out how to organize, train, and equip First Air Force for the new mission, with initial operational capability expected by the end of calendar year 2021.

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WATCH: Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense Forum: Dr. Mark Schneider

Mitchell Institute on YouTube

AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted a live virtual Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense Forum event with Mark Schneider, senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy. Schneider shared his insights into Russia’s nuclear modernization programs and doctrine, the importance of the U.S. nuclear triad, and considerations for the Biden administration’s approach to nuclear deterrence strategy at a critical time in the relationship between Washington and Moscow.

1 of 3 Surviving Tuskegee Airmen in Arizona Dies at 95

The Associated Press

The Archer-Ragsdale Chapter Tuskegee Airmen confirmed in a news release that Robert Ashby died Friday at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City. He was 95. Born in 1926 in Yemassee, South Carolina, Ashby enlisted at age 17 in the Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force. After graduating from high school in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was called into active duty. By December 1944, Ashby went to Tuskegee, Alabama, for aviation training. Ashby was sent to Japan, where he was rejected by two all-white flying units due to segregation policies. He served in all-Black units for the next five years.

National Guard Member on DC Security Mission Dies After Medical Emergency

“Joint Task Force District of Columbia is sad to confirm the death of a National Guard member serving with the U.S. Capitol security mission due to an apparent medical emergency,” Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a spokesman for the task force's Joint Information Center, said in the statement. “The individual was not on duty at the time, and the incident is under investigation.”

Securing Information Age Combat Capabilities Demands a New Approach


“Joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) is an imperative for the Air Force and the broader Department of Defense with good reason. Success in tomorrow’s battlespace will rely on the ability to gather data, process it into actionable information, and share this in real time across every element of coalition or joint force operations,” writes Heather Penney, senior resident fellow at AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. “The commonly accepted way to achieve this goal is through a concept known as common standards—a standardized technical baseline through which all systems will communicate. But common standards are not the only—or even the best—way to achieve the information sharing fundamental to actualizing JADC2.”

Another Lawsuit Challenges Locating Fighter Jets in Madison

The Associated Press

A group that opposes to basing the new F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison has filed a second lawsuit challenging the military’s environmental review. Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court alleging the Air Force and National Guard Bureau failed to follow the law when it considered the impacts of its decision to locate the jets at the 115th Fighter Wing. The nonprofit group said the military didn’t adequately consider the impact of noise, air and groundwater pollution that could result from the fleet.

Flat Budget Must Prioritize IT, Air Force Official Says


“While we’re entering that world of flat or declining budget, most likely, we are also entering a world where the entire rest of the commercial world, their IT spending is going [up],” Lauren Knausenberger, the Air Force chief information officer, said March 9 at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium. “They’re making trades where better operations means fewer people having to fight through manual process[es], and where they’re spending more and more on their digital infrastructure because they know that it’s the foundation for their future competitive advantage. They will not be in business if they don’t make this investment. And we know more and more that we will not be in business if we don’t make this investment.”

109th Airlift Wing Wraps Up Antarctic Research Support

USAF release

From November through February, the 73 Airmen and three LC-130 Hercules supported the United States Antarctic research efforts as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the Department of Defense’s annual support to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic program. The Airmen and aircraft were based at the Christchurch International Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand, after completing COVID-19 quarantine requirements for the country of New Zealand. Normally, the 109th AW sends six to seven planes and around 250 Airmen to McMurdo Station during the support season, but this year crews based in New Zealand only flew to the Antarctic to conduct missions as needed to minimize the chance of the coronavirus getting loose in the enclosed environments of Antarctic research stations.

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US Air Force is Guarding Against Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks. Should We Worry?


Officials at the Joint Base San Antonio in Lackland, Texas, issued a request for bids to carry out a survey of a facility called the Petroleum, Oil and Lubrication Complex. The survey will identify any equipment that could be vulnerable to an EMP ahead of more detailed vulnerability testing, according to the request. After that, officials would figure out ways to keep that equipment safe in the event of an EMP attack.