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Air Force Pilot Program Identifies Six Techniques for More Efficient Fuel Use

The Air Force believes it can save up to $80 million a year and increase its mission effectiveness per gallon of fuel by up to three percent under a new pilot program announced Feb. 1. The Mission Execution Excellence Program is aimed at more efficiently and effectively using fuel and will start by focusing on the C-17 Globemaster III, the Air Force’s largest fuel consumer, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The pilot phase of the program will run through December 2022 before the program expands to other bases and aircraft.

Pentagon Sending 3,000 Troops to Eastern Europe to Bolster NATO Allies

The Defense Department is moving roughly 3,000 Soldiers to Germany, Poland, and Romania in the coming days, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby announced Feb. 2. The U.S. looks to bolster NATO’s eastern flank while Russia continues its buildup of forces on the Ukraine border. While no Air Force units are being deployed at this time, Air Mobility Command will be tasked with transporting the Army units.
defense industry

New NDIA Survey Gives “F” Grade to Defense Business Climate

The National Defense Industrial Association has given the climate for the defense industrial base a failing grade based on data in the association's latest "Vital Signs" annual report. Supply chain issues, workforce availability, cyber espionage, reduced investment in basic research, and insufficient leadership in key Pentagon positions drove indices lower.

Radar Sweep

Air Force Launches Study of Changes to Flight Training Areas

The Associated Press

The U.S. Air Force is launching an environmental impact study of proposed changes to large flight training areas in rural Arizona to allow military aircraft to fly lower, practice later at night, and cover more territory. Three alternatives to be studied would change flight restrictions in areas northwest of Phoenix, west and southwest of Tucson, and in parts of southeastern and east-central Arizona extending into western New Mexico.

Pentagon’s New Data and AI Office Hits IOC Milestone, Gets $500M Budget

Breaking Defense

The Pentagon’s new central hub dedicated to overseeing its data and artificial intelligence efforts has reached initial operating capability, a key milestone for the department as it works toward becoming a digital and AI-enabled enterprise. It'll take on the mission with a half-billion-dollar budget. The Office of the Chief Digital and AI Officer will be responsible for scaling up data, analytics, and AI to enable faster and better decision-making “from campaigning to conflict,” according to a senior defense official. The office reached IOC Feb. 1, the official told reporters at a roundtable organized by the Pentagon.

OPINION: Germany Helps Putin With Its Double Standard on Arms Exports

Defense News

“Even as the U.S. Intelligence Community warns that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could come this month, the German government has rebuffed Ukrainian requests for defensive weapons. While Kyiv requested urgently needed ships and weapons, Berlin decided to send helmets,” write Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Ryan Brobst, a research analyst.

With Lockheed Deal in Doubt, Aerojet Faces Internal Crisis

Breaking Defense

The future of Aerojet Rocketdyne appears on shaky ground, with its $4.4 billion merger with Lockheed Martin seemingly dead in the water and a public war brewing among the company’s leadership. On Feb. 1, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced it had begun an internal investigation into Warren Lichtenstein, who has been the company’s executive chairman since 2016. Earlier that day, SPH Group Holdings—an affiliate of Lichtenstein’s Steel Partners Holdings—filed documentation to replace four of Aerojet’s existing board members, including CEO and President Eileen Drake.

New Strategy Will Harness Emerging Tech to Beat Adversaries

Defense News

The Pentagon’s research and engineering chief is crafting a new strategy for investment in 14 critical technology areas, writing in a new memo that “creative application” of emerging concepts is key to maintaining an edge over adversaries. The Feb. 1 memo, first reported by Inside Defense, does not lay out a timeline for when the strategy will be complete but notes the work will be informed by the 2022 National Defense Strategy and structured around three pillars: mission focus, foundation building, and succeeding through teamwork.

PAID ADVERTISEMENT: Turning the ABMS Strategy Into a Reality

Air Force Magazine

“The need to enable Joint All Domain Operations (JADO) to keep ahead of the adversary threat has been well documented and studied, as has the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) infrastructure needed to enable JADO. There are two major challenges to realizing the JADC2 vision. The first is finding ways to utilize existing assets in future solutions, and second is determining how best to apply the commercial cloud to military environments. Collins Aerospace is focused on addressing both challenges at the tactical edge,” writes Elaine Bitonti, the vice president of JADC2 Demonstration and Experimentation for Collins Aerospace.

Air Force to Fund Demonstrations of Space Internet Services That Integrate Multiple Constellations


The Air Force will fund demonstrations of space internet services by which military users could access broadband services from commercial constellations in different orbits. The Air Force Research Laboratory announced plans for these demonstrations in a Jan. 31 solicitation. The military wants to be able to use internet services from satellites in geosynchronous, medium, and low orbits relying on a common user terminal, a capability that is being marketed by the industry but AFRL wants to see further demonstrated.

AFGSC Commander Announces Project Tuskegee

AFGSC release

Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, announced the establishment of Project Tuskegee, a new partnership with Tuskegee University in which Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from the university are exposed to the opportunities available as an AFGSC “Striker.” “All Airmen stand on the shoulders of the Tuskegee Airmen,” Cotton said. “The Tuskegee Airmen were critical to the success of bomber forces during World War II, proving that we are better when everyone has an opportunity to contribute.”

One More Thing

Washington Football Team Officially Renamed ‘Commanders’

Military Times

After 87 years as the Redskins and 18 months as the Washington Football Team, the franchise is now officially the Commanders. “Commander, basically, is Washington, D.C.,” retired NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who led Washington to the Super Bowl in 1983, said in a Jan. 31 interview with CBS Sports Radio. ”A lot of commanders in Washington D.C., in the Pentagon, and a lot of different branches of the service.”