U.S. F-35s forward deploy to NATO's eastern flank

F-35s, B-52 Arrive at NATO’s Eastern Front as Russia Invades Ukraine

Six F-35s operating from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, ordered to NATO's eastern front by President Joe Biden Feb. 22, arrived to the Baltic Sea and Black Sea regions Feb. 24 to reassure Allies as Russian forces move into Ukraine. “We are facing a dynamic environment, and the deployment of F-35s to NATO’s eastern flank enhances our defensive posture and amplifies the Alliance’s interoperability,” said Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Force in Europe–Air Forces Africa commander, in a statement. The F-35s will join 24 F-15s and F-16s in Romania and Poland taking part in NATO Enhanced Air Policing Missions. USAFE said the aircraft, originally from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, will deploy “for a period of time” to the Baltics at Estonia’s Amari Air Base and Lithuania’s Siauliai Air Base, and the Black Sea region at Romania’s Fetesti Air Base.

Russia Invades Ukraine, Biden Calls on NATO for ‘Strong, United’ Response

More than 160 Russian mid-range ballistic and Caliber cruise missiles hit Ukrainian military targets across the country throughout Feb. 24 after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Russia was launching a “special military operation” in Ukraine, and a senior U.S. defense official assessed that Russia's intention is to "decapitate" Ukrainian leadership and install a pro-Russia government. Before dawn, Russia began a three-pronged land invasion and air attack from positions in Russia, Belarus, and occupied Crimea. Putin's forces seized control of the Chernobyl nuclear power station and continue a seize on the capital of Kyiv. "It's our assessment that they have every intention of basically decapitating the government and installing their own method of governance," a senior defense official told Pentagon reporters. "We have seen indications that they are resisting and fighting back."
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Biden Orders 7,000 Troops to Europe, Sanctions Russia but Holds Back SWIFT

President Joe Biden announced new sanctions against Russia and ordered the deployment of 7,000 additional service members to Germany to reassure NATO allies after Russia invaded Ukraine, but the President withheld the most serious punishment, citing disagreement among European partners. “This is a dangerous moment for all of Europe, for the freedom around the world,” Biden said from the East room of the White House after a day that included a meeting with his National Security Council and G-7 world leaders. “It’s a large conflict already,” Biden said. “The way we're going to assure it's not going to spiral to a larger conflict is by providing all the forces needed in the Eastern European nations that are members of NATO.”
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Sanctions, Aid, Cyber Concerns Dominate Congressional Response to Ukraine Invasion

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in the early hours of Feb. 24, members of Congress issued a deluge of statements condemning the attack and calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease hostilities. Now, as the invasion continues to unfold, lawmakers are set to consider massive economic sanctions against Russia, as well as military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine in the coming days, all while watching carefully to see the ripple effects the conflict may have for Europe, NATO, and across the globe.
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Spark Tank Finalists: How a Dentist Came up With the Idea of Custom Oxygen Masks for Fighter Pilots

The Department of the Air Force’s annual Spark Tank competition takes place March 4, as six teams will take to the stage at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. Each team will pitch the most senior leaders in the Air and Space Forces on how their innovations can save money, improve the lives of Airmen, and transform the department. Air Force Magazine is highlighting one team each day from now through March 3. Today, we look at “Custom Facemasks for Fighter Pilots and Beyond,” led by Maj. Ryan Sheridan from the 10th Air Base Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Biden has been Presented with Options for Massive Cyberattacks Against Russia

NBC News

President Joe Biden has been presented with a menu of options for the U.S. to carry out massive cyberattacks designed to disrupt Russia’s ability to sustain its military operations in Ukraine, four people familiar with the deliberations tell NBC News. Two U.S. intelligence officials, one Western intelligence official and another person briefed on the matter say no final decisions have been made, but they say U.S. intelligence and military cyber warriors are proposing the use of American cyberweapons on a scale never before contemplated.

US Space Officials Expect Russia, Ukraine Conflict to Extend into Space


Top U.S. space officials this week said it’s likely Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will extend to space, predicting continued GPS jamming and spoofing and urging military and commercial space operators to be prepared for possible cyber attacks. “Ensure that your systems are secure and that you’re watching them very closely because we know that the Russians are effective cyber actors,” National Reconnaissance Office Director Chris Scolese said Feb. 23 during a National Security Space Association conference in Chantilly, Va. “It’s hard to say how far their reach is going to go in order to achieve their objectives, but it’s better to be prepared than surprised.”

Biden: Sanctions will “Degrade” Russian Space Program


Russia’s space program won’t be shielded from sanctions the United States is imposing in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday afternoon. “We estimate that we will cut off more than half of Russia’s high-tech imports, and it will strike a blow to their ability to continue to modernize their military. It will degrade their aerospace industry, including their space program,” Biden said in a White House address outlining new sanctions.

Missile Warning & Defense

Air Force Magazine

Defending against missile threats launched in, at, or through space has never been more challenging – or important. Learn more on Air Force Magazine’s Missile Warning & Defense page.

Transportation Command Migrating Applications to Air Force’s Cloud One


Senior IT acquisition officials told participants during a virtual industry day Wednesday they have met with the Cloud One team to kick-off the partnership, focused for now on a handful of pilots to migrate USTRANSCOM’s transportation modeling and simulation tool and both classified and unclassified versions of its Global Transportation Planning systems to the cloud. Based on the progress made through the remainder of fiscal 2022 with those first pilots, the command will look to move more of its programs of record to Cloud One’s services in fiscal 2023.

Air Force to Phase Out 13O Career Field, Strengthen all Airmen Joint Capabilities

USAF release

The Multi-Domain Warfare Officer (13O) career field will be phased out while emphasizing that multi-domain capabilities will become fundamental across the Air Force. This phase out impacts 136 currently-assigned Total Force Airmen in the active component, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. “We must be prepared to face future conflicts with our joint and combined partners, and the knowledge Multi-Domain Warfare Officers bring to the fight is too critical to confine to a single career field,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. “To continue outpacing near-peer adversaries, we must reinforce all Air Force members’ multi-domain expertise.”

Air Force Medics Continue Deployments to Civilian Hospitals and Care Facilities

Air Force Medical Service release

While the nation is seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitals and other facilities across the country are still reeling. At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, nearly 1,000 U.S. Air Force active duty, Reserve, and Air National Guard medics are serving in civilian hospitals, care facilities, and other public institutions. The Air Force Medical Service has continued to step up as part of the federal COVID-19 response, working alongside other military departments and federal agencies.

Supreme Court to Decide if Vets Missing Disability Benefits Deadlines Will Get Back Pay

Air Force Times

The Supreme Court will decide whether veterans who missed filing deadlines for disability benefits because of injury or incapacitation should be able to ask for back pay dating to their separation from the military. The decision could potentially give some veterans hundreds of thousands of dollars in retroactive disability payments, a life-changing windfall for individuals struggling with a host of medical issues.

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4 Aviation and Space Achievements to Compete for the 2021 Robert J. Collier Trophy

NAA release

The finalists competing for the 2021 Collier Trophy are: The DARPA, U.S. Air Force, Raytheon Missiles & Defense, and Northrop Grumman Hypersonic Air Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) Program; The Dynetics and DARPA X-61A Gremlins Air Vehicle (GAV) Program; The NASA/JPL Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team; The SpaceLogistics and Intelsat Mission Extension Vehicle 2 (MEV-2) Team. “For well over a century, the Collier Trophy has recognized aviation’s greatest achievements,” said National Aeronautic Association President Greg Principato. “Robert Collier hoped this recognition would provide inspiration for even greater progress. The results show the success of his vision. This year’s nominees are all in the great tradition of this most prestigious award for aviation achievement and I congratulate all the finalists.”