‘A Dangerous Act’: How a Chinese Fighter Jet Intercepted an RAAF Aircraft and What Happens Next
The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has denounced an incident in which a Chinese fighter plane forced an Australian plane into a dangerous maneuver. China’s actions were “an act of aggression and a dangerous act”, Albanese told reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 6.
Commercial Providers of Satellite Services Face a Trust Gap with Military Buyers
Despite growing enthusiasm for new space internet services, some military buyers remain distrustful of commercial solutions as a replacement for government-developed systems, a senior procurement official said June 2. “We see the LEO mania, and the new capability available … but customers have a bit of a trust issue,” Clare Grason, chief of the Space Force’s Commercial Satellite Communications Office, said during an online event hosted by the Aerospace Corp.
OPINION: Stop Calling Switchblades ‘Drones’—It’s Causing Policy Confusion
“Words matter, especially when it comes to understanding and overseeing new military technologies. That is why it is especially important to be deliberate and precise in how we talk about a new class of aerial munitions, like the Switchblade loitering munition, which many, including government leaders, are inaccurately referring to as unmanned aerial vehicles,” writes Heather Penney, a senior resident fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
Turkey Seeks to Repair Ties with Western Procurement Club
After the controversial, multibillion-dollar purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system, the Turkish government appears to be taking advantage of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine to force a return to the Western procurement system. “Turkey is a NATO ally and will remain one. The war between our two partners Russia and Ukraine has created a new understanding in favor of strengthening procurement ties with our NATO allies,” a presidential aide told Defense News, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss Ankara’s diplomatic tightrope walk.
Live, Virtual & Constructive Training
The Air Force is transitioning to more virtual training to give pilots an edge, saying some higher end maneuvers cannot be replicated in real-time training. Learn more on Air Force Magazine’s Live, Virtual & Constructive Training page.
For Space Force’s Monthly ‘Reverse Industry Days,’ Space Domain Awareness Next Up
The Space Force’s acquisition command next month will hold a so-called “reverse industry day” on space domain awareness, including in the vast cislunar region between the orbits of the Earth and the Moon, as the next topic in a planned series of events designed to help hash out the service’s future purchase plans. It will be the third time the service has held one of these new types of industry briefings—where Space Systems Command (SSC) officials gather Defense Department stakeholders to explain problems and threats to interested companies and hear what commercial technology industry can bring to bear
ESSAY: Flowers for Joyce
Useful Fiction is a new approach to sharing research and analysis through using the oldest communications technology of all: story. Sometimes called FICINT or Fictional Intelligence, it fuses real data and insight with narrative scenarios. The goal is not to replace the white paper or journal article, but to provide a new means to share insights, in a form that audiences are more likely to read, but also more likely to act upon. If science fiction and technothrillers are like a milkshake, and strategy papers and trend reports are like vitamins or kale, think of useful fiction as the equivalent to a breakfast smoothie for policymakers that blends education and entertainment with a purpose. This essay was produced through an initiative undertaken with the U.S. Air Force's “Blue Horizons” futures team.
KC-46 Tanker’s Recent ‘97 Percent’ Milestone Isn’t The Whole Story
The U.S. Air Force has confirmed that it is still not using its fleet of KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers to support combat operations, and will not for the foreseeable future except in response to "emergency need." This is despite the service recently touting that these aircraft can now "support 97 percent of the daily Joint Force air refueling demands" as part of what it calls an Interim Capability Release plan intended to help move the long-troubled jets toward a truly operational state.
US Military Hackers Conducting Offensive Operations in Support of Ukraine, Says Head of Cyber Command
U.S. military hackers have conducted offensive operations in support of Ukraine, the head of U.S. Cyber Command has told Sky News. Gen. Paul Nakasone also explained how separate "hunt forward" operations were allowing the United States to search out foreign hackers and identify their tools before they were used against America.
WWII Fighter Pilot Reunited with Plane at Georgia Airport
The last time James McCubbin saw his old P51 Mustang was in the German countryside almost 80 years ago, when an enemy plane shot his wing and he had to eject. Fast forward to Wednesday, and the 101-year-old World War II veteran smiling happily as he watched a P-51 Mustang fly once again at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga.