Everything to Know About Switchblades, the Attack Drones the US is Giving Ukraine
President Joe Biden announced March 16 that the United States would send $800 million worth of military assistance to Ukraine to aid the country as it fights a defensive war against Russia’s invading military. Among the anti-tank, anti-aircraft, and anti-personnel weapons included in the aid package was a line entry for “100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.” Later that day, those systems were confirmed to be Switchblade drones, a kind of piloted missile that can also be a scout.
SpaceLogistics Sees Potential Defense Market for Orbital Life-Extension Spacecraft
SpaceLogistics’ robotic satellite servicing spacecraft have sparked interest from the Space Force—with an eye not just on keeping military satellites operating longer but also opening the possibility of upgrading or adding new payloads while in orbit, says new company president Rob Hauge.
Hindu Airman Who Waited Nearly 2 Years Gets Waiver to Wear Religious Symbol While in Uniform
A Hindu Airman at Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., who had been waiting nearly two years was granted approval in February to wear the Tilak Chandlo religious symbol—a red dot on the forehead—while in uniform. Senior Airman Darshan Shah, an aerospace medical technician assigned to the 90th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, first applied for the waiver during basic training in June 2020 and was ecstatic to find out it had finally been granted.
Air Force Senior Leader Changes
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall announced the retirement of six general officers and the reassignment of several more.
OPINION: Ukraine Should Provide Japan’s Wake-Up Call
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn concern and comparison to what China may have in mind for Taiwan. U.S. partners and allies can use this crisis to help them better understand—and adjust—their response to a potential future Taiwan crisis. In Japan, the public is debating what Ukraine’s invasion could mean for Taiwan, adding momentum to discussions of ‘enemy base strike capability,’” writes Jeffrey W. Hornung, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corp.
The Latest on Missile Warning & Defense
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.
Air Force Deputy CIO Winston Beauchamp Gives Update on Zero Trust, Data Fabrics, and Network Improvements
The U.S. Air Force has made considerable progress in areas such as its adoption of zero trust and the development of an enterprise data fabric, but the service branch still has work to do in transforming its networks and moving its data centers to the cloud. Currently, the Air Force is leading the way in the Department of Defense’s zero trust implementation, according to Winston Beauchamp, deputy chief information officer for the Department of the Air Force.
How the Ukraine War Could Go Nuclear
Not since the Cold War has the specter of nuclear war hung so heavily over a President’s crisis diplomacy. As President Joe Biden meets with fellow NATO leaders, calls for a ceasefire in Ukraine are growing more urgent than ever—to alleviate the widespread human suffering, but also to dial back what veterans of nuclear planning consider an alarming potential for it to spiral into a clash of atomic superpowers.
Application Window Opens for Olympic Hopefuls
The application window for Airmen, Guardians, Reservists, and Guard members who dream of Olympic competition is now open. Following on the heels of 2022 Winter Olympian Airman 1st Class Kelly Curtis, Department of the Air Force and Space Force athletes have 45 days to apply to begin their training with the hopes of competing in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.