Lockheed hypersonics Alabama

Lockheed Martin Opens New Hypersonic Missile Factory

Lockheed Martin has opened a new factory in Alabama for production of hypersonic missiles for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The plant will build the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, but that missile has yet to make a successful test flight. Getting the missile into production by the end of fiscal 2022, as the service has long planned, will require a "quick resolution" to the July failure and two successful flight tests.
SPoC transfer

SpOC Receives First Army Transfers Amid Concern Over Congressional Delays

Space Operations Command welcomed its first six Army Soldiers at a transfer ceremony Oct. 1 at Peterson Space Force Base, Colo., amid concerns that units slated for transfer to the Space Force will be held up until Congress passes a fiscal 2022 defense budget. Space Force spokesperson Lynn Kirby told Air Force Magazine the first round of 50 transfers and a second round of 455 transfers will not be affected by the National Defense Authorization Act delay, but service members who are part of unit transfers will not move.
van ovost confirmation

Van Ovost Confirmed to Lead TRANSCOM; AMC Change of Command is Oct. 5

The Senate on Oct. 1 confirmed Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost to be the next head of U.S. Transportation Command, making her just the third woman to lead a unified combatant command. Next, Lt. Gen. Mike Minihan, deputy commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will pin on his fourth star in a private ceremony the morning of Oct. 5. He will take command of Air Mobility Command from Van Ovost in a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., at 10 a.m. CST. Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. will officiate the ceremony.
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Space Force’s Top Spouse Wants to Connect With Loved Ones of Guardians

The wife of the Space Force’s first Chief of Space Operations is opening up channels of communication to try to connect with the loved ones of members, including an email newsletter to which she hopes to add subscribers. The newness of the Space Force provides “an opportunity to build a culture of care, and connection, and support with our family members and our loved ones,” said Mollie Raymond, wife of Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, during a town hall talk on families during the Air Force Association’s 2021 Air, Space & Cyber Conference. 

Radar Sweep

NATO Secretary General visits Washington, D.C.

NATO release

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Washington, D.C., to meet senior United States officials and lawmakers. On Oct. 4, Stoltenberg met President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss how to further strengthen the transatlantic bond and to prepare for the NATO Summit in Madrid next year. He also met Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and he spoke to Secretary of State Antony Blinken by phone.

Air Force in Pursuit of High-Speed Hovercraft

National Defense Magazine

A new challenge sponsored by the Air Force’s innovation incubator, AFWERX, aims to help the service and Special Operations Command find and develop a hovercraft. The High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing, or HSVTOL, Concept Challenge imagines an aircraft that can take off from any location and operate at speeds comparable to much larger platforms. The aircraft will need to maximize speed, range, survivability, payload, size, and flexibility. The Air Force could use it for various applications.

Air Force Squeezes New Cyber Defense Teams Out of Its Communications Squadrons


The Air Force has been on a multiyear path to redesignate communications squadrons through efficiencies realized by outsourcing mundane IT efforts to private industry, allowing it to redirect its people to conduct cyber defense. As a result, the service has been in the process of building these mission defense teams, which differ from the cyber protection teams that the Air Force, and other services, provide to U.S. Cyber Command.

Space Force Intelligence Organization Established at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


A new organization called the Space Force Intelligence Activity is an interim step before the Space Force stands up a separate National Space Intelligence Center also at Wright-Patterson, according to a memo signed Sept. 24 by Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback and Lt. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien. Lauderback is the Space Force director of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. O’Brien is the Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and cyber effects operations.

Marine Corps F-35s Are About to Be the First Fighters to Fly From a Japanese Carrier Since WWII

The Drive

Short takeoff and vertical-landing F-35B stealth jets from the U.S. Marine Corps are poised to go aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, or JMSDF, helicopter carrier Izumo, which has been modified for Joint Strike Fighter operations. The plan is to deploy the Marine Corps jets aboard the warship to prove the concept of fixed-wing operations before Japan begins to introduce its own F-35Bs in the next few years.

One More Thing

Redesigned Joint Staff Badge Reflects Addition of Newest Military Service

DOD release

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have, figuratively, unsheathed a new sword on the Joint Staff's seal: the Space Force. "The revising of the Joint Staff seal, now including the United States Space Force, demonstrates our commitment to the future and ensuring that we have capabilities in all domains necessary to defend our country—land, air, sea, and space," said Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.