The U.S. government can't explain 143 of the 144 cases of unidentified flying objects reported by military planes, according to a highly anticipated intelligence report released June 25. That report, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was meant to shed light on the mystery of those dozens of flying objects, spotted from 2004 to 2021, but instead said it didn't have adequate data to put all but one of them into a category. That one UAP — shorthand for "unidentified aerial phenomena" — was a large, deflating balloon, the report said. "The others remain unexplained," the report, which was required by Congress, added.
Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on June 24. In addition, several hundred additional American forces will remain at the Kabul airport, potentially until September, to assist Turkish troops providing security, as a temporary move until a more formal Turkey-led security operation is in place, the officials said.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Mike Lee (R-UT) are holding the nomination of former Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall to become Air Force secretary, according to sources close to the matter. Warren's office declined to comment, while Peters' and Lee's offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sources said Warren is holding Kendall's nomination in a bid to extract additional ethics and recusal pledges from him.
AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Luca Goretti and Italian Air Defense Attaché Maj. Gen. Stefano Cont to share their views and priorities regarding resourcing the Italian Air Force (IAF) on June 24. As a NATO member and international partner with the United States on the F-35 fighter program, the Italian Air Force is a critical U.S. ally. Generals Goretti and Cont shared their near-term goals and perspectives on air power, Italy’s fifth-generation aircraft program, and future opportunities to share and exercise allied aerospace power. The Italian Air Force leaders also shared views on geopolitical competition with Russia and China.
The U.S. Space Force is eager to tap into the vibrant commercial market for space services enabled by increasingly capable small satellites and cheaper access to orbit. Commercial services of particular interest to the military include imagery, analytics, weather data and broadband from low-Earth orbit constellations.
Airbus is selling its C295 tactical airlifter to a mystery Southeast Asian customer and is fulfilling a follow-on order for Thailand, the company announced Monday. The European aircraft manufacturer announced the sale of an additional C295 to Thailand for its Army. The aircraft will be delivered in 2023, outfitted in a utility transport configuration, although no contract values were disclosed in the announcement for either buy. The announcement also mentioned a recent sale of three aircraft to an “undisclosed military customer in the region.”
In episode 28 of the Aerospace Advantage, “Next Generation Air-to-Air Targeting,” host John Baum speaks to combat aviators and technical experts about how the game of finding and striking air-to-air targets is rapidly evolving. It takes sensors to harvest data and processing power to turn it into actionable information. Adversaries understand the value of information, so they do everything in their power to blind us. That’s what electronic jamming is all about, and it’s why they are pursuing stealth. So, for us to maintain an edge, we need to pursue numerous concurrent pathways of sourcing data so the adversary can’t block us in one move.
On the night of June 25, 1996, a bomb was detonated near the Khobar Tower housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Airmen and injuring more than 400 U.S. and international military members and civilians. The towers housed coalition forces supporting Operation Southern Watch, a no-fly zone operation in Southern Iraq. Master Sgt. Norma Gillette, U.S. Air Forces Europe - Air Forces Africa Innovation and Transformation Office superintendent and survivor, shares her memories from that event..
The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has suggested that portions of a future Aegis Ashore site on the strategic American island of Guam in the Pacific could go into bunkers underground or onto mobile platforms. Ostensibly, this is due to Guam's terrain and limited overall space, but it also speaks to the potential vulnerabilities of such a facility, especially in a major conflict with a near-peer adversary, such as China.
Lockheed Martin built and donated a special 1/3 scale GPS IIIF satellite mockup to the University of Colorado Boulder Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. The model was installed June 21-23, 2021 on the 4th floor overlook of the Aerospace Building—check out the timelapse video of the installation.