A U.S. Air Force War Game Shows What the Service Needs to Hold Off—or Win Against—China in 2030
The U.S. Air Force repelled a Chinese invasion of Taiwan during a massive war game last fall by relying on drones acting as a sensing grid, an advanced sixth-generation fighter jet able to penetrate the most contested environments, cargo planes dropping pallets of guided munitions, and other novel technologies yet unseen on the modern battlefield.
Iran Blames Israel for Sabotage at Natanz Nuclear Site
Iran on April 12 blamed Israel for a sabotage attack on its underground Natanz nuclear facility that damaged the centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium there, warning that it would avenge the assault.
OPINION: The United States Considers Reinforcing its ‘Pacific Sanctuary’
Could Japan see an increase in the presence of U.S. military capabilities and personnel in the years ahead? It’s looking possible. Soon after he took office, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered a posture review to ensure the U.S. global footprint is the right size to support U.S. strategy. The results of the review will inform the Biden administration how best to allocate military forces in pursuit of U.S. interests, write retired Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson Jr., a former commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan, and former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs; and Jeffrey W. Hornung, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation.
Sponsored Content: People Make the Difference: Sustaining and Modernizing America’s ICBM Enterprise
The nuclear enterprise is built on trust and experience. Sustaining and modernizing that enterprise is a delicate business. Darrell Graddy, president of Integrated ICBM Support Services, a joint venture company formed by Leidos, Amentum, and Apex, shares a vision for sustaining ICBM systems today and the imperative to modernize both the missile systems and the infrastructure for tomorrow.
Exploring Hate: An Inside Look at Anti-extremism Training in the Military
Nearly one in six people charged in the January 6 Capitol siege are military veterans. To address the growing concerns of misinformation and extremism within the ranks, Secretary Lloyd Austin implemented a stand down to train active troops around the world to combat the issue. Special Correspondent Michael Cerre gives us an inside look at the anti-extremism training at a Marine unit. This segment is part of our ongoing initiative: Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and Extremism.
MacDill Airmen Share Feedback on Day-Long Pause to Discuss Extremism
Airmen requested clarifications on what they should and shouldn’t post on social media. They called for more morale and team-building events. They discussed the readiness of local military and civilian leaders to address issues of extremism.
We’d Love to Have More’: Shot Clinic Turnout Disappoints Air Force Official on Okinawa
The coronavirus vaccine is becoming more widely available to U.S. service members and their families in Japan but turnout April 9 at a Kadena shot clinic left a health care professional disappointed.
New Type of Non-Structural Modification Contract to Return C-5 Transports to Fleet More Rapidly
A new type of aircraft modification contract, focused on non-structural avionics, electrical, and mechanical upgrades, is to return U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy transports by Lockheed Martin to service more rapidly than traditional contracting, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center said this month.
OPINION: Air Force Hair Standards and the Invisible Labor Changing Institutions
“Cast your gaze across the faces of U.S. Air Force servicewomen in the days after Feb. 10, 2021, and you cannot help but notice the joyous reaction to the recent policy change in hair standards for women,” writes Kelly Atkinson, an assistant professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a major in the U.S. Air Force, and a career intelligence officer.
Bill Aims to End ‘Terrible Practice’ That Hits Late Veterans’ Accounts
New federal bipartisan legislation aims to prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense from clawing back or recouping some final retirement payments from veterans after they die.
ASTERX 2021: French Space Forces Reach For Higher ‘Orbit’
France led its first multinational military space exercise last month, with Germany, Italy, and the U.S., marking the country’s effort to re-vamp its forces and operations to meet 21st century threats.
Dear Military, Please Invest in This Dude’s Lightsaber
Is there any weapon more sophisticated and sought after than a lightsaber? It’s cool, compact, customizable and colorful. Not to mention it leaves absolutely no mess behind when slaying Sith lords or stacking up inept Stormtroopers. While the U.S. military has previously dabbled in adding Jedi-inspired technology to its arsenal — like the Tec Torch, a breaching tool that can cut through steel — it has yet to fully embrace the power of a plasma, combat-ready lightsaber.