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Lockheed Must Give Up Data to Get Shot at Long-Term F-35 Maintenance Contract

Lockheed Martin must give up proprietary technical data in order to have a chance at long-term performance-based logistics contracts in support of the F-35 fighter, the program executive officer said. If the company fails to satisfy on an initial version of the arrangement, the military services likely will take over more of the jet’s maintenance enterprise.
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Lockheed Says LMXT Bridge Tanker’s Range and Refueling Gear Set It Apart

Officially launching its bid to supply the Air Force’s KC-Y “bridge” tanker, Lockheed Martin said its solution would offer the service longer range and persistence than current tankers by virtue of the aircraft’s larger size. To sweeten the deal, if Lockheed Martin wins the KC-Y contest, Airbus will build A330 airliners, on which the LMXT is based, in the U.S. at the same location.

Outstanding Airmen of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider

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 has highlighted one each workday through today, the beginning of the conference. Today, we honor Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider, a paving and construction senior enlisted leader with the Air National Guard's 200th RED HORSE Squadron at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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‘Tragic mistake’: US Determines Kabul Drone Strike Killed Innocent Aid Worker, Nine Family Members


An investigation by U.S. Central Command has determined that an Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul killed an innocent aid worker and nine members of his family, not a member of the ISIS-K terrorist group, a top general announced Sept. 17. The command now assesses that the man targeted was not affiliated with ISIS-K, the Afghanistan branch of ISIS, or "a direct threat to U.S. forces," Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters. "Our investigation now concludes that the strike was a tragic mistake."

OPINION: How the Afghan Withdrawal Impacts US-China Competition

Defense News

“Each time the world’s most powerful country admits some degree of failure, it is inevitable that such a decision will have sweeping—and lasting—consequences. The United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending a two-decades-long presence, will be no exception. The decision undoubtedly sets a dangerous precedent for the future,” write senior policy analyst Erielle Davidson and retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, who served as commander of NATO’s Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

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France Recalls Its Ambassadors to US, Australia to Protest Submarine Deal

New York Times

France announced Sept. 17 that it is immediately recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in protest of President Biden’s announcement of an agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia without consulting French officials. In a statement, the French foreign minister said the decision was made by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Airmen Hone Expeditionary Skills at Rally in Rockies Exercise

Air Force release

Active duty, Air National Guard, and Reserve Airmen gathered in Colorado and Wyoming for 22nd Air Force’s flagship exercise Rally in the Rockies from Sept. 12 to 17. The exercise is designed to develop Airmen for combat operations by challenging them with realistic scenarios that support a full spectrum of operations during military actions or in hostile environments.

British, Italian F-35s to Get New Missile Types

Defense News

MBDA and BAE Systems have secured additional funding from the British and Italian governments to complete integration of key weapon systems destined to add capability to their F-35 combat jet fleets, the companies announced Sept 17. The cash injection will see MBDA’s SPEAR precision surface attack missile and Meteor air-to-air weapon integrated on the aircraft.

DOD: Best Time to Take Military Spouse Survey is Now

DOD release

Back in July, the Defense Department released the Active Duty Spouse Survey—something it does every two years. In the past, the survey was available by invitation only to a select few military spouses. But not this year. Through late October, all spouses of Active-duty military members—more than 600,000 of them—can visit the OPA Survey Portal and tell the Pentagon what they think about being "married to the military."

DOD Buys Two New Supercomputers That Rank Among Its Most Powerful Ever

Breaking Defense

The Pentagon recently completed a $68 million acquisition of two new supercomputing platforms and related technical services that rank among its most powerful supercomputers ever and will be among the top 100 performers globally. “These are significant assets,” said Kevin Newmeyer, deputy director of the Defense Department’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

Finishing Max’s Mission—Parents of Corpsman Killed in Kabul Offered Home for Afghan Child

Navy Times

Retired Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Praxades was working to get Afghan citizens evacuated when he was contacted by Marines on the ground in Kabul. Praxades, whose evacuation efforts included numerous interpreters he’d worked with, was informed that the mother of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Maxton “Max” W. Soviak had made contact with a heartbreaking request. Rachel Soviak wanted to find and potentially adopt the little boy featured in one of the last pictures taken of her son before he was killed by a suicide bomber Aug. 26 along with 12 other U.S. service members.

NDAA Amendment Seeks Clarity Over Cost of CMMC for Small Businesses


A new amendment to the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to give Congress an estimate of how much new cybersecurity regulations are expected to cost small businesses. If enacted, it could further increase scrutiny of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), which is already under review by the Department of Defense and the Government Accountability Office.

SPACECOM Needs More Data, Sensors to Track On-Orbit Threats

Breaking Defense

Space Command wants much more and more timely observational data, including from private industry, to detect, track, characterize, and determine what space objects are actually doing in near-real time—a mission set now dubbed space domain awareness, or SDA—according to military and industry experts. “We need data in seconds, not in minutes, not in hours, not in days. The more things we can get machine-to-machine, and get humans out of the loop, the better,” said Col. Scott Brodeur, director of Space Command’s National Space Defense Center.

US Generals Planning for a Space War They See as All But Inevitable

Space News

A ship in the Pacific Ocean carrying a high-power laser takes aim at a U.S. spy satellite, blinding its sensors and denying the United States critical eyes in the sky. This is one scenario that military officials and civilian leaders fear could lead to escalation and wider conflict as rival nations step up development and deployments of anti-satellite weapons. If a satellite came under attack, depending on the circumstances, “the appropriate measures can be taken,” said Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command.

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DOD Identifies Most Remains of Those Killed on USS Oklahoma

DOD release

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has identified most of those killed on the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. Between June and November 2015, personnel from DPAA exhumed the unidentified crew members from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for anthropological analysis. Of the 429 killed, 394 had been buried as unknown persons. As of Sept. 15, 2021, 346 had been identified.