Kendall: Don’t Mirror China on Hypersonics; No ‘Big Bang’ on ABMS

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall warned of putting too much emphasis on hypersonics just because China is advancing in that area, saying hypersonic missiles are better suited to China's strategy and that USAF has yet to determine the right munitions mix for the future. He also said the Advanced Battle Management System won't be achieved with a "grand solution" but instead a series of incremental steps that better match the Air Force's need to get capabilities in a timely way.
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Space Force Foresees Need for Cislunar Space Domain Awareness Within Decade

The Space Force’s top officer thinks the U.S. needs to be able to surveil cislunar space as soon as five years from now to defend U.S. interests on and around the moon. "As the nation goes further away, as the world goes further away, from the Earth, I think there's going to be a requirement to have, at least—at a minimum—some domain awareness on that environment,” Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond said. “I would say in … the next five to 10 years, we're going to have to have some capability to be able to support those operations.”

Radar Sweep

As 5G Rollout Begins, Pentagon Still Doesn’t Understand Impact on Military Aircraft

Breaking Defense

For a controversy that’s dominated headlines and reached the desk of the President, the Pentagon—the largest aircraft fleet owner in the world—has remained largely silent. That’s because right now, it doesn’t know how 5G will affect military aircraft. All told, it will be at least a year and a half after the Federal Communications Commission began selling spectrum for 5G before the Defense Department weighs in on the issue, and it could take months after that for the department to come up with a plan to resolve any technical failures that occur as military pilots continue flying in areas where the 5G deployment is occurring.

PODCAST: China in 2022: Top 5 Security Factors

Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

In episode 59 of the Aerospace Advantage, host John “Slick” Baum speaks with Mitchell Institute research analyst and China expert Daniel Rice to better understand how important trends, key events, and leadership decisions will affect the way the Asian superpower approaches regional diplomacy and hard power. Learn more about why things such as the 20th Party Congress, Chinese activities in Afghanistan, and international perceptions of China are going to have an outsized effect on events in the Pacific and beyond.

Space Force Submitting 'Bold' Budget Request for 2023

National Defense Magazine

The Space Force's upcoming budget request will be "bold" and advance the Pentagon's pursuit of an improved satellite architecture that would be more resilient against enemy attacks or other disruptions, the service's top officer said Jan. 18. Defense observers are eagerly awaiting the release of President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget blueprint. Annual presidential budget submissions to Congress typically come in February, but the next one could be delayed until March, according to reports.

The Latest on Missile Warning & Defense

Air Force Magazine

Recent Russian and Chinese missile launches raised the stakes in space. Find out the latest news on sensing, tracking, and defending against enemy missile strikes.

CSAF Addresses Warfighters During WEPTAC 2022 at Nellis AFB

Air Force release

This year saw a change in the scope and purpose of WEPTAC geared more toward bringing the future faster and accelerating change in the United States Air Force. “I am extremely happy to see that WEPTAC is changing,” Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said. “It went from being focused on tactical problems to impacting and accelerating the modernization of our Air Force. This new WEPTAC will be vital to solving enterprise-level problems.”

Everyone Wants to Help Military Toxic Exposure Victims. Not All Want to Pay.

Air Force Times

In recent months, congressional lawmakers have rallied around the goal of providing better care and better benefits to troops exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service. But how much that will cost remains a problematic stumbling block for legislators hoping to advance those new ideas.

Greece Boosts Air Force with Advanced French Jets

Defense News

French-built fighter jets roared Jan. 19 over the Acropolis as Greece races to modernize its military and flaunts new security alliances aimed at checking neighboring Turkey. Six advanced Rafale jets, purchased from the French air force, flew in low formation over Athens before their official handover to the Greek armed forces at a nearby air base.

One More Thing

WATCH: Air Force Medical Team Arrives to Standing Ovation at Cleveland Clinic

A team of approximately 20 Air Force medical personnel arrived to a standing ovation from Cleveland Clinic personnel the morning of Jan. 19. The team includes nurses, physicians, and respiratory therapists who will help support Cleveland Clinic staff. "While COVID-19 cases have begun to decline in Cleveland, we still have a high volume of COVID-19 patients and this will also allow us to accept more transfers and better serve our community and region," the clinic said in a statement.