transgender policy

DOD to Allow Transgender Troops to Serve Openly

The Pentagon on March 31 reversed its policy on transgender troops, formally opening the door to service for those who meet military standards. “The Secretary of Defense strongly believes that the all-volunteer force thrives when it is composed of diverse Americans who can meet the high standards for military service, an inclusive force that strengthens our national security posture,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a March 31 briefing.
C-17 at Sunset

AMC Considers ‘Family of Systems’ for Future Strategic Airlift

The Air Force might look to a “family of systems” for strategic airlift in the future, as it looks beyond the C-17 to see the mobility needs in future high-end fights. Air Mobility Command boss Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost said ongoing wargames looking at great power competition are feeding into what the group of systems could require to meet a heavy cargo capability. “As we look into what capabilities I’m asking for, when I work with the Marine Corps and the Army, what is it they need to transport? What types of timelines” What kind of capabilities and where might they be positioned?” Van Ovost said during a March 31 Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies event.

COCOMs Want JADC2 Now, Not Later, VanHerck Says

Regional combatant commanders are anxious to use new connectivity and artificial intelligence systems that have worked well in exercises, but are frustrated with the slow pace of introducing them, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Glen D. VanHerck said March 31. An exercise last week highlighted a number of these systems, and VanHerck said he can put them to use immediately, but the acquisition system must catch up.
Pentagon Press Secretary Briefs Media

U.S. Officials Reach Out to Russia Regarding Crimea Build-Up

U.S. military officials are reaching out to Russian and Ukrainian counterparts as Moscow has sent a buildup of forces to the border between the two countries. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on March 31 talked with his counterparts in both the countries as Russian military armor and other systems have been seen deploying to the Crimea region. U.S. outreach to Russia has “just started” and the Pentagon is pressing for no more incursions into Ukrainian territory, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
Raymond and deGrasse Tyson

Watch, Read: Raymond and deGrasse Tyson Talk Space

At the Air Force Association's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium on Feb. 25, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond laid out in plain language the serious threats facing U.S. and allied space capabilities. In a spirited discussion with renowned author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the space Chief and the Scientist shared their common view of the value, opportunities, and vulnerabilities of space in the modern context. Now you can watch the segment or read the transcript here.

Radar Sweep

SPONSORED: Powering ABMS Requires Real-time Data Connecting Sensors, Weapons, and Warfighters

Air Force Magazine

Decisions made using incomplete data can jeopardize the success of the mission and risk the lives of warfighters. Ensuring that personnel have complete, accurate, real-time data at the point and moment of need is crucial, but disconnected systems and sources limit this capability. The challenge is compounded by the growing requirement to coordinate data across domains to support joint operations—a central objective of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). In the first of a three-part series, Elastic spells out the challenges to data access and the opportunities to use real-time information as a mission enabler without needing to move, consolidate, or duplicate resources.

Some ‘Quick Wins,’ But Air Force Struggles With AI

Breaking Defense

The Air Force is seeing limited success using AI “decision aids” to help operators sort through and integrate vast amounts of data to create actionable information for commanders, says Air Force Research Laboratory’s Jean-Charles Ledé.

AFRL to Expand Commercial Space Internet Testing to F-35

Inside Defense

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to expand testing of its commercial space internet services experiment to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, awarding Lockheed Martin a $12.7 million contract modification on March 29 that includes funds for the aircraft’s first flight test.

NASA Exchanged Data with China on Mars Orbiters

Space News

NASA sought congressional approval to talk with Chinese counterparts and obtain information on the orbit of China’s new Mars spacecraft, a move intended to lower the risk of a collision with other Mars orbiters.

Air Force to Test Freedom Radio, Freedom Pod on U-2, Ghost Reaper

Defense Daily

Northrop Grumman [NOC] is watching planned U.S. Air Force tests this year of the company’s Freedom 550 gateway radio on Lockheed Martin [LMT] U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the related Freedom Pod under the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Ghost Reaper concept.

Military GPS User Equipment Capability Heads to Allies

GPS World

The United States Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has established a three-year multinational project arrangement that authorizes the loan of military code (M-code) capable GPS precise positioning service receiver cards to partnering nations for laboratory and field testing.