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Austin Warns Troop Pay, National Security at Risk if US Defaults on Debt

As time runs out for Congress to act and avoid an unprecedented debt default, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is joining the chorus of voices trying to pressure the legislature into action. In a statement released Oct. 6, Austin warned that if the U.S. defaults on its debt, national security will suffer by undermining America’s economic strength.
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USAFE Conducts Agile Combat Employment Capstone Exercise

U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa is conducting its agile combat employment capstone exercise at Larissa Air Base, Greece. “We've really been working hard to refine how we execute agile combat employment, particularly in coordination with our partners,” USAFE-AFAFRICA commander Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian told reporters at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in September. “The bottom-level approach really starts with our Airmen, who are embracing it, recognizing that when you empower them, they're going to come up with innovative solutions.”
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B-1Bs Arrive at RAF Fairford as Part of Bomber Task Force-Europe

The first two of four B-1B Lancer bombers and some 200 support personnel from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, had arrived at RAF Fairford, England, as of Oct. 6 to begin a series of U.S. European Command and U.S. Strategic Command exercises with numerous NATO allies and partners across Europe. The Bomber Task Force-Europe will practice integrating with ally and partner capabilities, using unfamiliar airfields, and flying in strategic areas including the Arctic, Baltics, and Black Sea region.

Radar Sweep

'We’re in a Sprint Here’: The Space Force Struggles to Blaze its Own Path


The Space Force has settled on its headquarters structure and recently established the final of its three field commands. It’s officially taken over space operations from the Air Force, including missile warning, space launch, and space intelligence. And it is now operating the military’s nearly 80 satellites. But the service is finding it far more difficult to build its own combination of traditions, heritage, and esprit de corps.

Inside the B-52s’ Deployment to Support the Afghanistan Withdrawal

Air Force Times

The B-52 bombers finished America’s longest war in much the same way as they began: carrying airmen called to military service in the aftermath of 9/11, hunting Taliban fighters through the mountains of Afghanistan, and watching as the seat of government in Kabul changed hands. After 20 years of counterterrorism operations in Southwest Asia, the Stratofortresses’ five-month tour to assist the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was a last-ditch effort for America’s oldest bomber to secure some stability in the final days of the war.

After Afghanistan, What Kind of Wars Does the Pentagon Want to Fight?

Christian Science Monitor

As the last of the U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan and closed the books on the longest war in American history, the general consensus seemed to be that politicians won’t be asking the Pentagon to do that again anytime soon. The “that” includes sending hundreds of thousands of troops, as was the case at the height of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, to win hearts and minds in a counterinsurgency campaign. For 20 years, the U.S. military was enlisted in the laudable if unrealized goal of creating a representative democracy—or at least a tolerably functioning inclusive state. Yet the Pentagon’s boots-on-the-ground experience in Afghanistan will nonetheless leave a lasting imprint on military doctrine in ways that will continue to shape its leaders.

SPONSORED: King Aerospace: Doing Things Right

King Aerospace

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf famously said, “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” King Aerospace President Jarid King says that concept—doing everything possible to do things right the first time to prevent issues later—drives everything they do for the government and military. And, he says, it has since 1992 when his father, Chairman Jerry King, founded the company upon being awarded his first government contract.

America’s First Exascale Supercomputer Is ‘On Track’ for 2021 Deployment

Defense One

Exascale systems are at the core of the next generation of high-performance supercomputing. They will be capable of operating at one quintillion calculations per second, which is immensely faster than most modern systems. Using them, researchers could process massive amounts of data and conduct potentially groundbreaking simulations spanning many fields at much more rapid rates.

Report: US Army Could Field Two New Vertical Lift Aircraft if Service Lives Within Its Means

Defense News

The U.S. Army can simultaneously field two clean sheet-designed future vertical lift aircraft, assuming costs remain affordable, according to an Oct. 6 report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “In many ways, affordability begins with simply living within one’s means rather than optimistically estimating future cost savings that never materialize,” read the report, which was obtained by Defense News in advance of its release.

NGA Looking to Tap ‘All Sources of Innovation in the Commercial Space’


The exploitation and analysis of satellite imagery and geospatial data to understand activities on Earth historically has given the United States a huge intelligence advantage. That lead is now shrinking, requiring the United States to step up its game, a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency official said Oct. 5. “Over the past few years, the world has begun to experience seismic changes in its threat and technological environment, putting our decision advantage at risk,” Cindy Daniell, NGA’s director of research, said in a speech at the 2021 GEOINT Symposium.

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What It’s Like to Call in 688,000 Pounds of Firepower in One Battle

Task & Purpose

The name Joe O’Keefe might not ring a bell for you, but he may be one of the deadliest men to have ever lived. Over the course of five days in 2001, the Air Force combat controller called in hundreds of airstrikes and 688,000 pounds (344 tons) of bombs on a valley in Afghanistan filled with al-Qaeda fighters. The tonnage, more than twice that of the Statue of Liberty, still stands as the most dropped by “a single CCT, or anyone else, during an engagement in the history of airborne warfare,” wrote retired Air Force special operations officer Dan Schilling in his book “Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force.”