GBSD Finally Gets a Name: ‘Sentinel’

The Air Force unveiled a name and designation for the intercontinental ballistic missile system long known as the Ground-based Strategic Deterrent: LGM-35A Sentinel. The Sentinel is set to replace the Minuteman III as the land leg of the U.S. nuclear triad, beginning with initial operational capability in 2029 and full operational capability by 2036.
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US Must ‘Slash Costs’ to Afford Space Superiority, Raymond Says

The U.S. military can’t afford the new proliferated, multi-orbit satellite constellations it needs unless military contractors cut costs by an order of magnitude, the Space Force Chief said. “We must also slash costs,” Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Space Force Chief of Space Operations, told the 37th annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 5. “The government cannot afford a distributed resilient force design, unless industry makes this change with us,” he added. Addressing industry directly, he told them, “We need you to deliver. We need you to deliver at cost points of double digit millions rather than triple digit [millions] or billions.”
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US Space Command Formalizes Strategy to Buy More Commercial Satellite Services

U.S. Space Command wants to start acquiring commercial satellite services and released the overview of a new strategy to do so. Plussing up the providers of space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance creates a “many” problem for any entity that wants to interfere with U.S. activities, said the commander of U.S. Space Command, Army Gen. James H. Dickinson. The satellite services may include other activities besides ISR such as space control or modeling and simulation. The command expects benefits to include faster decision-making and acquisition fulfillment.
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Milley Endorses More Permanent Bases in Europe—with a Slight Twist

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reignited talks about more permanent U.S. bases and troops in Europe, especially in the eastern portion of the continent where allies and partners are clamoring for it to counter Russia’s influence. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, testifying to the House Armed Services Committee, noted that Europe is facing a potentially pivotal moment in its history given Russia’s aggression, and said that “as a general rule of thumb,” U.S. presence in a region is a good deterrent.

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US Hypersonic Missile Successful in Flight Test, DARPA Says

Breaking Defense

The US recently completed a successful “free flight” test of a hypersonic missile, according to the Pentagon, but reportedly kept the test quiet in an effort to avoid escalation with Russia over Ukraine. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the test April 5, calling it the “second successful flight in DARPA’s HAWC [Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept] program.”

Biden Nominates Adm. Linda Fagan to Head Coast Guard, First Woman to Lead Military Service


The Biden administration has nominated Adm. Linda Fagan to lead the U.S. Coast Guard, a defense official told USNI News on April 5. Fagan, currently the Coast Guard’s vice commandant, will be the first woman to lead a U.S. military service. Fagan has been the Coast Guard’s number two since June and was the first woman in the service to be promoted to four stars.

Portland Air National Guard Unit Is First to Test Out Robot Dog for Base Security

The Portland Air National Guard's 142nd Security Forces Squadron became the first Guard unit in the nation to receive a new "robot dog" and plans to test the technology for surveillance and base security operations. The Oregon-based Guard unit's "Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicle," otherwise known as the Q-UGV, can conduct video surveillance and patrol a fence line without putting Airmen in danger. Robot dogs first made an appearance at active-duty bases last year, and the equipment and testing are now trickling down to the Guard.

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Air Force Magazine

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Commentary: Don’t Sleep on Russian Information-War Capabilities

Defense One

“At the highest levels of government, world leaders have nearly unanimously come out in support of Ukraine, even hurling a tsunami of sanctions at Russia. On the other end of the spectrum, blue-and-yellow flags now dot American neighborhoods as symbols of solidarity for Ukraine. From this vantage point, Ukraine looks to have Russia beat. But this is only part of the story. Instead of fixating on Russia’s missteps, policymakers and analysts would benefit from studying Ukraine’s sophisticated information campaign while bearing in mind that Russia retains significant information warfare capabilities and a willingness to use them,” Alyssa Demus and Christopher Paul, who both study information warfare, influence, and other defense operations in the information environment at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.

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Boeing’s New Air Force One Hit by Production Mishaps

The Wall Street Journal

Boeing Co. factory problems disrupted production of one of its new Air Force One planes earlier this year, adding to the manufacturer’s stumbles developing the U.S. presidential jets, people familiar with the matter said. The production mishaps, which involved a pair of attempts to place one of the two of jets under development onto jacks, risked damaging the aircraft whose development is already behind schedule, these people said.

PODCAST: Ukraine Update and the FY23 DOD Budget Release

Mitchell Institute Aerospace Advantage Podcast

In Episode 70 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies team gathers to discuss air and space topics that you’ve seen in the national security headlines. The conversation begins with a discussion on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, then moves to initial take-aways from the fiscal 2023 budget submission that recently went to Congress. With the Air Force set to divest 150 aircraft, including a number of F-22s, and reduce the F-35 buy rate, there is much to discuss on this front.

Reports: Attacks On Space Capabilities Rising As Predicted

Aviation Week

Predictions about an increase in attacks on space capabilities made over the last five years are proving true, say a pair of new reports issued by Washington, D.C.-based think tanks April 4. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) both issued annual studies assessing space threats. But this year, the authors contend, past predictions are aligning with new evidence of incidents.

Double Helicopter Crash at Fort Stewart was ‘Not an Accident’

Army Times

An incident involving two Army helicopters that killed a medical evacuation pilot at a Fort Stewart, Georgia, airfield last week was not an accident and is under criminal investigation, Army Times has learned. Capt. James Bellew died March 30 at about 2 a.m. in an “incident” involving two HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at Wright Army Airfield, a dual-use airport between Fort Stewart and the city of Hinesville.