Air Forces Africa Balances Engagement With Human Rights in Rwanda Meeting

Security is what many Rwandans love most about their country. Police officers man the corners of city streets in the capital Kigali, and the Rwandan military participates in peacekeeping missions across the continent, with the U.S. Air Force providing strategic lift to Rwandan defense forces. But another Rwanda emerged since President Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front entered the country from Uganda, overthrew the government, and ended the 1994 genocide that killed nearly a million Tutsis. Kagame’s government is accused of targeted assassinations and disappearances. U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian told Air Force Magazine that balancing human rights concerns with the U.S. military’s strategic objectives requires engagement that can lead to improvements.
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ISIS Leader Dies in Raid as Pentagon Opts Against Airstrike

Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi died Feb. 2 during a U.S. counterterrorism raid in northwest Syria, President Joe Biden announced, removing a “major terrorist threat to the world.” The raid was conducted by U.S. Special Operations forces under the control of U.S. Central Command, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said in a statement, with no American casualties. Kirby declined to provide any more information about the personnel who carried out the raid.
Transportation Command

How TRANSCOM is Preparing for Possible Conflicts with Russia, China

The role of U.S. Transportation Command is likely to evolve under the upcoming National Defense Strategy, as the Defense Department shifts its focus to China and Russia. “One thing that has become really clear is that TRANSCOM has been the force that ‘deploys the force, sustains the force, and redeploys the force,’” said TRANSCOM's commander, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost. “Now we're going to be deploying the force, maneuvering the force, sustaining the force, and redeploying the force."
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Senate Confirms New Air Force Inspector General

The Senate on Feb. 2 confirmed Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Davis for a third star and assignment as the Department of the Air Force's new inspector general. Davis will take over as the Air Force’s top investigator at a time when the department is taking hard looks at several key issues. These include ongoing racial and gender disparity reviews and a look into whether Air Force Special Operations Command lowered its standards to push a female Airman through special tactics officer training, among others.

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Air Force to Upgrade F-35A Gas Tanks to Weather Lightning Strikes

Air Force Times

The F-35A Lightning II could start flying near thunderstorms again soon, once the Air Force finishes upgrading its first jet for extra protection against lightning strikes. If the upgrades go according to plan, one F-35A—the most widely used Joint Strike Fighter variant—by July would be allowed to resume unrestricted flight for the first time in almost two years.

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Glasses With Facial Recognition Are Here—and the Air Force Is Buying


Clearview AI, the facial recognition company backed by Facebook and Palantir investor Peter Thiel, has been contracted to provide the Air Force with augmented reality glasses combined with facial recognition. The contract with the Air Force is just $50,000 and promises to help protect “airfields with augmented reality facial recognition glasses.” From the contracting records, first highlighted by Jack Poulson from technology industry accountability nonprofit Tech Inquiry, there’s little more information on just how many pairs of glasses will be provided or how they will be used.

US Rejects Charge That Starlink Satellites Endangered China’s Space Station

Breaking Defense

The United States, in an official “note verbale” to the United Nations, has refuted China’s unusual diplomatic accusation that SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have endangered, and continue to endanger, its crewed space station. “If there had been a significant probability of collision involving the China Space Station, the United States would have provided a close approach notification directly to the designated Chinese point of contact,” asserts the Jan. 28 missive filed with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs in Vienna.

Missile Warning & Defense

Air Force Magazine

Defending against missile threats launched in, at, or through space has never been more challenging—nor important. Learn more on Air Force Magazine’s Missile Warning & Defense page.

Space Force Extends L3Harris’ Contract to Upgrade Space Tracking System


The Space Force has extended L3Harris Technologies’ contract to develop a software platform used to monitor space launches, satellites, and debris in orbit, the company announced Feb. 3. “L3Harris has been developing applications in a new architecture that will allow ATLAS to scale and handle the exponential growth of commercial constellations, increased debris, anti-satellite tests and adversarial threats,” the company said. The contract extension is for the integration of government equipment and to oversee the deployment of ATLAS at military command centers in Colorado and California.

Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications Are Leading to Preventable Deaths, Report Says

At least 439,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with brain injuries since 2000, with more than 83 percent of those classified as "mild" and roughly 36,000 defined as "moderate" or "severe." These common labels for defining a traumatic brain injury may obscure the severity of head injuries, however, leading to inadequate treatment and potential harm to the patient, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

'A Crisis of Confidence'—After Decades of Failures, VA Secretary Seeks 'Game-Changers'

The War Horse

As the 11th Secretary of Veterans Affairs since President Ronald Reagan established it as a cabinet-level organization in 1988, Secretary Denis McDonough hardly has big shoes to fill. Each of those former secretaries made promises. They spoke of honoring veterans. They referred to Abraham Lincoln and the gratitude of a nation, and they laid wreaths and visited hospitals. And each time, veterans wondered what they could believe. McDonough has come forward with a new set of promises: transparency. A proactive, rather than reactive, system. Again working for internal cultural change so veterans no longer chant: “Delay, deny … until you die.”

One More Thing

Boxer, Grunt, Flyboy: the Wild Life of the First Black American Combat Pilot

Task & Purpose

If there were ever a candidate for a real-life ‘most interesting man in the world,’ it would be Eugene Jacques Bullard. The son of a former slave, Bullard ran away from home in Georgia and moved to Europe at an age before most learn how to drive. He went on to fight in two world wars; brush elbows with some of the most famous artists of the early 20th century; become a French national hero; and, on a bet, become one of the world’s first black combat pilots. But despite Bullard’s many accomplishments, his story remains little known in the United States. It’s unclear exactly why, but the racism he encountered in his home country throughout his life may have played a role.