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Adding New AETP Engine to F-35 Means Air Force Alone Would Pay for It

The Air Force would have to bear the full development and integration cost of putting new Adaptive Engine Technology Program engines in its F-35 fleet because the other services can’t fit the powerplants in their versions of the fighter, F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Eric T. Fick told reporters Sept. 15. “If it’s a one-service, ... unique solution, the cost of that solution will be borne by that service,” Fick said. Asked if moving forward with the AETP on the F-35 will depend on whether the Air Force is willing to bear that cost, he replied, “I think so.”
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Biden Announces Deal to Share Nuclear Submarine Technology with Australia

President Joe Biden stood in the East Room of the White House on Sept. 15 alongside video monitors with the leaders of Australia and the United Kingdom to announce the sharing of nuclear submarine technology with Australia, part of a trilateral security agreement to respond to growing Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region. The new trilateral security agreement builds on a defense partnership that has been ramping up with Australia in recent years in areas ranging from rotational troops to joint training and the joint development of hypersonic weapons.
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Milley’s Office Defends Calls to China as ‘in Keeping With Duties’ as CJCS

Facing intense partisan criticism over his actions in the final few months of President Donald Trump’s administration, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s office released a statement Sept. 15 seeking to defend him. Milley’s statement comes after details from the forthcoming book “Peril,” written by reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, were reported Sept. 14. Particularly, Woodward and Costa wrote that Milley, worried about President Trump’s actions following the Nov. 3 election, twice called Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army, once in November and again in January, to reassure him that the U.S. would not strike China with nuclear weapons. In a Sept. 15 statement, Joint Staff spokesperson Col. Dave Butler confirmed that the calls took place but defended them as proper and in keeping with Milley’s role.
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Survey Finds Broad Public Support for Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization

A vast majority of voters believe nuclear deterrence should be one of the highest priorities for the Department of Defense, with a majority also supporting modernization efforts, according to a new survey. The survey, commissioned by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and run by Seven Letter Insight, asked more than 2,000 voters for their views on national security and nuclear arms, at a time when the Pentagon and Congress are working to replace or update all three legs of the nuclear triad.
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Outstanding Airmen of the Year: Master Sgt. Hannah Walters

The Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2021 will be formally recognized at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference from Sept. 20 to 22 in National Harbor, Md. Air Force Magazine is highlighting one each workday from now until the conference begins. Today, we honor Master Sgt. Hannah Walters, an operations superintendent with the 67th Special Operations Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, U.K.

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Undersecretary of the Air Force Talks Mandatory COVID Vaccination Efforts With Air Force Reserve

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During a roundtable discussion at the 459th Air Refueling Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Sept. 11, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones met with Air Force Reservists to discuss the Department of Defense-wide COVID-19 vaccination directive and its quickly-approaching completion deadline of Dec. 2 for the Air Force Reserve established by Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall.

Revolutionary Tech Could Allow Near-Real-Time Space Tracking, Company Says

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The Space Force is testing out new software that could not only improve the accuracy of its current system for tracking satellites and dangerous junk in space, but also enable actual tracking in near-real-time that would allow the service to keep better tabs on adversary spacecraft seeking to hide from prying eyes. The software package was developed by The Mitre Corp., a nonprofit federally funded research and development center, and was turned over to Space Systems Command in July.

The Marines are Copying the Air Force's Efforts to Counter Online Disinformation

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Disinformation and malign influence online are among nascent digital threats the U.S. military is actively countering, top officials said Sept. 13. “Watching Facebook and Reddit and Twitter and [Russian social media site] VK and [Chinese search engine and internet company] Baidu after and during the Afghanistan mission—everyone should take a look,” said Alex Miller, Army G-2 senior advisor for science, technology, and innovation.

EVENT: Understanding American Voters’ Perceptions Regarding Strategic Nuclear Deterrence

Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is hosting a live virtual Aerospace Nation at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time Sept. 16th to discuss its latest research: “Understanding American Voters’ Perceptions Regarding Strategic Nuclear Deterrence.” Mitchell Institute launched this research effort in partnership with Seven Letter Insight to understand where public perceptions really stand regarding strategic nuclear deterrence far past what the headlines, op-eds, and political comments convey.

Five Ways 9/11 Changed the Defense Industry

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On Sept. 10, 2001, Pentagon leaders were preparing to buy a generation of weapons wholly ill-suited to the actual wars that would follow. Two weeks before hijacked airliners slammed into the Twin Towers, Boeing tested a prototype rocket that would become the centerpiece of a limited defensive shield against intercontinental missiles. Nine days after the attacks, the U.S. Air Force ordered its first 10 F-22 Raptors, stealth fighters designed to dominate Russia’s best warplanes. And on Oct. 26, just days after Vietnam-era B-52s began carpet-bombing al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced that Lockheed Martin would build the tri-service combat jet now known as the F-35.

Rival Koreas Test-fire Ballistic Missiles Hours Apart

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The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sept. 15 criticized South Korea’s president and threatened a “complete destruction” of bilateral relations after both countries tested ballistic missiles hours apart. The launches of missiles underscored a return of tensions between the rivals at a time when talks aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear program are stalled.

B-2 Stealth Bomber Damaged During Emergency Landing Incident

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Details remain limited at this time, but there was an incident at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the home of the Air Force's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber force, early Sept. 14. This has resulted in a circular temporary flight restriction, or TFR, being put up over and around the base, extending six miles in every direction and from the ground up to 8,000 feet. The mishap involved a B-2 that was landing at Whiteman's only runway.

What Does the Air Force Do With a Trashed F-35? Turn It Into a Training Tool


Last year, it was an F-35A Lightning II fighter jet—one of the most advanced aircraft the world has ever seen. Now, after a crash that cost an estimated $176 million, it's being cut into pieces for training aids. The Air Force jet was left a mess of scorched metal that would never fly again after a botched landing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May 2020. The pilot ejected safely. Rather than toss the burnt remains on the scrap pile, the service decided on a second life for the F-35 parts as practice for military aircraft maintainers.

3 Former US Intelligence Operatives Plead Guilty to Developing Cyberweapons for the UAE


Three former U.S. intelligence operatives have admitted to selling their hacking talents, connections, and U.S. cyberweapons to the United Arab Emirates, federal officials announced Sept. 14. U.S. citizens Marc Baier, 49, and Ryan Adams, 34, as well as Daniel Gericke, 40, a former U.S. citizen, all were working for an unnamed American company that was developing intelligence capabilities for the United Arab Emirates. However, in January 2016, the three left for a UAE-based company "after receiving an offer for higher compensation and an expanded budget," according to federal officials.

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Steve Wozniak Wants to Clean Up Space Trash

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With space garbage such a problem, it makes sense that someone might want to explore opportunities as a space garbageman. That’s where Steve Wozniak comes in. The co-founder of Apple recently launched Privateer, a service intended to both monitor and discard objects found in space. News of the venture leaked out back in August; this week, Wozniak made a tweet mentioning a new space startup that will be unlike any of the others currently making headlines, such as SpaceX or Blue Origin.