Russia’s Rocket Barrages Reveal Bad Planning, Cruelty—and the Absence of Crucial Skills
After poor planning and combined-arms ineptitude sank Russia’s plan for quick victory in Ukraine, Moscow shifted to Plan B: bombarding Ukrainian cities. “I think the Russian army reformed into this thing we call the New Look Army. They task-organized themselves into smaller battalion tactical groups, and, fundamentally, that is not a bad construct,” Lt. Gen. Scott D. Berrier, who leads the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee. “I think they had a bad plan. And I think their logistics support is not what it needs to be.”
U.S. Intelligence Report: Multinational Efforts Needed to Prevent Wars in Space
The risk that conflicts on Earth will extend to space will grow as China and Russia step up developments of anti-satellite weapons, the U.S. Intelligence Community warns in its annual report on worldwide threats. “As states such as China and Russia increasingly see space as a warfighting domain, multilateral space security discussions have taken on greater importance as a way to reduce the risk of a confrontation that would affect every state’s ability to safely operate in space,” says the 2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
How SpaceX Got Starlink Up and Running in Ukraine: Report
The company was working for six weeks before a Ukrainian government official made a request on Twitter on Feb. 26.
WC-135 Constant Phoenix: US Air Force Launches 'Radiation-Detecting' Jet from UK
The WC-135W Constant Phoenix “nuke sniffer,” previously used after the world's biggest nuclear disasters, touched down at the RAF station in Suffolk, England, after completing a mission over the Baltic Sea.
No, the US Air Force Isn’t Going to Give Ukraine Its A-10 Warthogs
Despite calls from former U.S. defense officials for the Air Force to transfer some of its A-10 Warthog attack aircraft to Ukraine, there are no current plans for the service to give up its tank-busting planes, the Air Force’s top leaders said. “I’m not aware of any current plan, or even any discussion of a current plan, to field or provide A-10s to the Ukrainians,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during a roundtable with reporters at the AFA Warfare Symposium.
Mil-to-Mil Couples Gain Time to Make Separation Decision After Childbirth
Starting March 1, either parent of a Department of the Air Force military-to-military couple may now have up to 12 months to request separation from the service after the birth or adoption of a child. A military-to-military couple is defined as a DAF Active-duty member married to another DAF Active-duty member.
AFRL Program Advances Unmanned Air System Used for Training U.S. Fighter Pilots
The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research contract to Blue Force Technologies to develop an unmanned air vehicle that supports adversary air training missions. The Bandit program contract was awarded as the result of a Strategic Financing proposal selected by AFWERX with a $9 million initial value and options to complete the design and build of up to four air vehicles.
How JADC2 Is Improving Nuclear Command and Control
The Pentagon’s effort to better connect sensors to shooters and shuttle data across the joint forces is inextricably linked with the high-stakes communication systems needed for nuclear warfare, and rightly so, the head of U.S. Strategic Command told Congress.
VA Would Close 3 Medical Centers, Restructure 100s of Outpatient Clinics in New Plan
Veterans Affairs leaders will recommend closing three major medical centers and more than 170 outpatient health facilities in coming years as part of an ongoing review of the department’s footprint across America, according to documents obtained by Military Times. But VA officials will also push for construction of 255 new health care and community living facilities as part of the plan, a trade-off that they say will put almost 200,000 more veterans within a 30-minute drive of basic medical care and 370,000 more veterans within an hour’s drive of specialty care.
An Air Force F-16 Pilot Made an Emergency Belly Landing Look Easy. Here’s Why it’s Anything But
A U.S. Air Force pilot made a dangerous situation risking life, limb, and millions of dollars of equipment look easy after bringing an F-16 fighter jet to a smooth stop on the ground at Aviano Air Base, Italy, without landing gear. The landing, which was captured on video and posted to the popular Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco, impressed a former Air Force pilot for both its smooth execution and the minimal damage caused to the jet.