Master of the Globe

As the Globemaster III racks up its 4 millionth flight hour, planners ready upgrades and begin to imagine what comes next. The Air Force’s 222 C-17s are the major portion of a global fleet of 275 aircraft flown by nine nations, including an international consortium. They are the go-to airframe to transfer personnel and materiel to combat zones and remote locales around the world, enduring conditions from dirt airstrips in the Syrian desert to ice and snow in Antarctica. Air Mobility Command anticipates keeping “the Moose” relevant out to around 2060, while it develops requirements for a “family of systems” that someday will replace it.

Space Force Looks to Boost Cyber Defenses of Satellites with Acquisition Reorganization

The stand-up of the Space Force, and now its early overhaul and the creation of a new Space Systems Command, are all about resilience: Ensuring that space capabilities, which the whole country relies on, could survive a concerted attack by a near-peer adversary. As part of that drive, a new acquisition system is meant to ensure that new satellites and other space vehicles are cyber-secure before they’re put in orbit and stay that way afterward.
Pentagon Press Secretary Briefs Media

DLA Monitoring Impacts of Cyberattack on Fuel Pipelines

The Defense Logistics Agency is monitoring the military’s fuel inventory levels as a major cyberattack has halted operations of a large-scale fuel pipeline on the nation’s East Coast. Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of gasoline and jet fuel on the East Coast, stopped operations because of a ransomware attack targeting its systems.

Radar Sweep

RAF Typhoon Fighters Exercise With USAF B-52H Bombers Over Romania

The Typhoons are currently operating out of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania as part of 121 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW). During the exercise, two RAF Typhoons carried out a practice intercept and escorted two USAF B-52H Stratofortress bombers through Romanian airspace. This exercise enabled RAF and USAF crew to test their joint operating procedures.

CACI Wins $496M Follow-On IDIQ for Air Force Weapon Test System Support


CACI International has won a potential nine-year, $496 million contract to continue helping the U.S. Air Force maintain depot technology infrastructure used to assess the performance of military weapons systems and components. The company will develop and maintain tools for the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah as part of the Automated Test System Sustainment Initiative II, the Department of Defense said.

A Cold, Foggy Air Force Base Waits Just 200 Miles From Russia


The Air Force just practiced dispersing its Alaska-based F-22 stealth fighters to a small outlying airstrip. As part of the so-called “Agile Combat Employment” exercise, F-22s from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage—the Pentagon’s main Alaska base—flew into King Salmon airport, 300 miles to the southwest.

Air Force Pilot Mom Shares How She Balances Flying and Motherhood

KIRO 7 News

Lt. Col. Rachel Metzgar remembers what it was like stepping into the cockpit for the first time. “I was really scared, a little intimidated, a lot intimidated, but I knew if I didn’t do it, I would regret it,” she said. That outlook has served her well in her life even as she made the decision to become a military mom. Assigned to the 97th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, she’s been an Air Force pilot for more than 23 years—the last 15 as a reservist.

Air Force Selects Eclypsium for Enterprise Device Security Research Project


Eclypsium has received a contract to examine the feasibility of using company-built technology to monitor and secure devices across the Air Force. The company said it aims to show the potential use of an enterprise device security platform to the Department of Defense under a Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 contract from the Air Force's AFWERX organization.

Britain’s Royal Air Force Chief Talks F-35 Tally and Divesting Equipment

Defense News

On March 16, the United Kingdom rolled out its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development, and Foreign Policy, a document that will serve as the guidepost for its military going forward. Included in that document were both cuts to existing systems and investments in new technologies.

String of Satellites Baffles Residents, Bugs Astronomers

AP News

A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on May 5-7 had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others—mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers—lamenting the industrialization of space.

One More Thing

USAFA Recruiting Video: ‘Let’s Take a Long, Hard Look at Ourselves’

Air Force Academy via YouTube

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