Texas National Guard Soldier Missing After Mission to Rescue Migrant From River
A Texas National Guard Soldier was missing after trying to rescue migrants in a river at the state’s border with Mexico. Law enforcement sources initially told Fox News that the service member had drowned. However, the sources later said that the body that had been recovered was in fact a migrant, not the service member.
USAF Says Boeing E-4B Replacement Will Need Four Engines
The Air Force is ramping up its spending for its next airborne nuclear command-and-control aircraft, and it most likely will choose used aircraft. The service’s fiscal 2023 budget request calls for $203.2 million in research, development, test, and engineering funding for the Survivable Airborne Operations Center.
This Is the Pentagon’s Plan to Be a More Thoughtful, Inclusive Steward of Your Tax Dollars
On the day he took office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order setting the stage for a host of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the entire federal government. On April 15, the Defense Department unveiled its 25-page plan, with a list of values, goals, and some moves already made toward a more inclusive workforce, as well as more equitable business dealings.
UK, India Promise Partnership on New Fighter Jet Technology
Britain and India will strengthen their defense and security ties, including partnering on development of combat jet technology, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during a trip to New Delhi on April 21. Johnson said the defense cooperation pact would boost procurement across several areas but offered few details during a press conference wrapping up the two-day visit to India. The trip was aimed principally at progressing talks about a free trade deal between the nations.
NATO Membership for Sweden Would Be ‘A Small Step for the Military, but a Giant Leap for the Political System’
Looking nervously to the east, Sweden and Finland are considering giving up their long histories of military independence by joining NATO, a potentially seismic shift driven by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A decision to apply for membership would kick off a protracted political process and reshape European geopolitics, but Swedish military officials have no qualms about integrating with allies with whom they already train and fight closely.
AI Is Already Learning from Russia’s War in Ukraine, DOD Says
Less has been said about the use of artificial intelligence in the Ukraine war than, say, anti-tank missiles, but the Pentagon is quietly using AI and machine-learning tools to analyze vast amounts of data, generate useful battlefield intelligence, and learn about Russian tactics and strategy.
US Eyes Proposal to Prohibit Tampering With National Security Satellite C2 Systems
The United States sees its new proposal for a limited anti-satellite weapons test ban as only a first step toward a larger package of international norms to bound national security space activities—and already has developed concepts for a number of other steps, a senior State Department official said. This includes a potential proposal to refrain from “purposeful interference” with the command and control systems of national security satellites.
South Korea ‘Welcomes’ US Moratorium on Anti-Satellite Missile Tests; China Skeptical
South Korea “welcomed” America’s self-imposed ban on direct-ascent anti-satellite missile tests that create orbital debris. “The government [of the Republic of Korea] welcomes the United States’ April 18 announcement of its commitment to banning direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests,” said foreign ministry spokesman Choi Young-sam in an April 21 press briefing. “In addition to this, the government, as an advocate of creating a UN resolution on responsible behavior in space, will continue to play a role in advancing rules that will ensure peaceful and sustainable use of outer space.”
Space Fence Now Has a Direct Link to Key Space Force Data Hub
The Space Force announced says cloud-based data environment can now ingest observation information directly from the Space Fence radar, demonstrating its ability to connect with sensor nodes in the Space Surveillance Network. The Unified Data Library is a key component of the Space Force’s digital architecture, built to collect and integrate space object tracking data drawn from Department of Defense sensors as well as commercial, Intelligence Community, and foreign systems.
She's the First Woman in the Air Force to Lead a B-52 Squadron, and She's at Barksdale
Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Wilcox became commander of the 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Operations Group, during a change-of-command ceremony April 21, marking her as the first female B-52 squadron commander.
Skunk Works’ A-12 Cygnus Looked Even More Sinister With Canards
While it's hard to imagine Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works' A-12 Oxcart—which would eventually evolve into the SR-71 Blackbird—looking any more sinister than it already does, during the type's development, a configuration included a pair of huge canard foreplanes that appeared absolutely demonic-looking.