AMC change of command

Minihan Takes Command of AMC, Van Ovost to Lead TRANSCOM

Gen. Mike Minihan assumed command of Air Mobility Command from Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, who will soon take the reins of U.S. Transportation Command, during a ceremony Oct. 5 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Minihan, who last served as deputy commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, pinned on his fourth star hours earlier. “I couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect to lead AMC,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., who presided over the ceremony. “Warfare is changing," Brown said, and the Mobility Air Forces need Minihan's leadership to stay at the forefront: "Mini, it’s up to you and your leadership and this team to continue to accelerate change—so the only thing impossible is losing.” 
Alex Wagner

Air Force Manpower Nominee Pledges to Make Diversity a Priority

Alex Wagner, the openly gay nominee to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, said in his confirmation hearing that he'll make expanding diversity in the ranks a priority if confirmed. Wagner said he's also willing to look at taking the prosecution of serious crimes out of the chain of command.
f-35 nuclear

F-35 Completes Final Test for Nuclear-Capable B61 Series Weapons

American deterrence efforts came one step closer to a critical new level when the Air Force proved a stealth fighter is capable of delivering a tactical nuclear weapon inside hostile territory, Air Combat Command confirmed Oct. 4. The F-35A is the first fifth-generation fighter to near certification as a nuclear-capable platform after completing the first full weapon system demonstration and completing the nuclear design certification process. During the demonstration, two F-35s dropped B61-12 Joint Test Assemblies (JTAs), which mimic a real-world tactical gravity nuclear weapon, at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.
NATO Secretary General visits the United States

After Afghanistan, Stoltenberg Says NATO Mission Turns to Deterrence and Defense ‘at Home’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III on Oct. 4 and said the following day that after two decades in Afghanistan, NATO will redirect its resources to defense of its 30 member countries. That will include new alliances with Pacific partners and efforts to defend against the “blurred line” between peace and war created by cyber threats. “We are shifting our efforts and resources from large combat operations outside the NATO territory to further strengthen our deterrence and defense at home and prepare for a world of greater state-to-state rivalry,” he said

FirstNet, the Dedicated Communications System for First Responders, Is Coming to Air Force Bases

The Air Force is bringing a new dedicated broadband communications system for first responders to its bases and installations, making it easier for police, firefighters, and paramedics to talk to each other as well as to Air Force security and operations personnel. AT&T will install FirstNet networks on 15 bases while the Air Force weighs a broader rollout. Once up and running, FirstNet will provide interoperable data and voice communications, plus streaming video, to first responders with specially equipped mobile phones or handhelds—whether they work for the Department of Defense, federal law enforcement, or state and local police, fire service, or emergency medical service agencies.

Radar Sweep

OPINION: Between E-3 and Eyes in Space, the Air Force Needs a Bridge, Now

Breaking Defense

The Air Force has valiantly breathed life into the decades-old E-3 Sentry platform, but as top service officials recently suggested, it can no longer wait for the jump to space-based systems, the authors write in this op-ed. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Bradley Bowman, Maj. Lauren Harrison, and Ryan Brobst argue that as Russia and China progress on their own rival systems, the Air Force must act quickly.

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Air Force Might Look at Hawaii for Updated Radar Aircraft

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Hawaii didn’t get 18 Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime aircraft a number of years ago as planned, but it would be a great location for another 737 derivative, the E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control platform, according to one missile defense expert.

Startups and Universities Selected for Space Force Prize Competition


A business accelerator funded by the U.S. Space Force announced it has selected 13 startups and 11 university teams to compete for $100,000 awards. The accelerator known as “Hyperspace Challenge” is run by the Air Force Research Laboratory and CNM Ingenuity. The finalists were selected based on concepts they pitched in several space technology areas.

All DOD Personnel Now Receive Continuous Security Vetting

DOD release

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency has successfully enrolled all Defense Department service members, civilians, and contractors with a security clearance—about 3.6 million people—in its current continuous vetting program.

One More Thing

The Space Force Knows Its Pants Look Terrible: ‘We are Still Working to Get the Fit Right’

Task & Purpose

If you are a Space Force Guardian not feeling great about having to wear this outfit at a formal occasion, there may be some hope. On Friday, the service posted a picture on social media of tailoring scissors and measuring tape placed atop grey fabric resembling that used in the dress pants. “We heard your feedback,” the branch wrote in the post. “New pants, new fit coming soon.”