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Proposed NDAA Would Let Air Force Retire More Tankers, C-130s

The seven subpanels of the House Armed Services Committee are set to begin marking up their respective portions of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act in the next few days, and one is considering letting the Air Force make cuts to its tanker and C-130 fleets. The subcommittee on seapower and projection forces released a summary of its markup to reporters on June 7 and included in its provisions two requirements setting minimums of at least 466 air refueling tanker aircraft and 271 C-130s.
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Andrews Is 4th Base Tapped to Get New MH-139 ‘Grey Wolf’ Helos

The Air Force has selected Joint Base Andrews, Md., as the next location to receive the new MH-139 helicopter. If the selection is finalized, the Grey Wolf will replace the aging UH-1N Huey and expand the installation’s fleet size. Once Andrews gets the MH-139, it will join Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., as bases with the new aircraft.

Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, Northrop Grumman Get Stand-in Attack Weapon Contracts

Three of five competitors for the Stand-in Attack Weapon, or SiAW, got small contracts to get the project going, the Air Force said. Lockheed Martin said it is the lead integrator for SiAW, but L3Harris and Northrop Grumman are also participating. The SiAW will succeed the AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missile but add a number of other time-sensitive targets to the portfolio. The F-35 will be the initial platform for the weapon.

Raytheon Announces Headquarters Move to DC Area

Raytheon Technologies will move its corporate headquarters from outside Boston, Mass., to the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Va., the company announced. The announcement came just a month after Boeing announced plans to also move to the National Capital Region.

Taiwanese F-16 Crash Lands at Honolulu Airport After Luke AFB Training

A Taiwanese F-16 crash landed at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on June 6 on its way back after conducting training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., according to local reports. The fighter jet reportedly made a hard landing at 2:45 p.m. local time after its front landing gear failed to deploy. The pilot was not injured. The nose of the aircraft pinned to the 4R runway with commercial aircraft diverted until a crane could remove the aircraft.
Tracking Layer

Study: Combine Missile Warning, Tracking Constellations Into One Multi-Orbit System

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has made missile warning and tracking a priority of his tenure, and agencies across the Pentagon are working on a number of efforts to handle that key mission from space. But instead of relying on a less coordinated approach, one that forces programs to compete for funds, the Defense Department—and particularly the Space Force—would be better served by integrating their efforts into one multi-orbit system, a new study from AFA's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies recommends.

Radar Sweep

Lawmakers Want Clarity on JADC2 Efforts: Who’s Getting What, When?

Breaking Defense

Concerned with the Pentagon’s progress on implementing it’s joint all-domain command and control concept—an effort to connect sensors to shooters across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace domains—lawmakers are directing the defense Secretary to submit a report by the end of 2022 on exactly what capabilities will be delivered to warfighters and when.

‘Assume You Can Be Jammed’—What US Troops Are Learning About Electronic Warfare in Ukraine

Task & Purpose

Russia’s use of electronic warfare in eastern Ukraine provides a preview to U.S. troops about what it will be like to fight an adversary that can intercept and jam their communications, sever all links to their drones flying overhead, and blind their radars and other sensors. “Electronic warfare is almost by definition one of the hardest things to discern on the battlefield,” Russian military analyst Michael Kofman told Task & Purpose. “It seems early on Russia was not well prepared to employ these capabilities, but now there are numerous stories of localized jamming and disabling of drones.”

Why Martell Left Lyft for Pentagon’s Top AI Job

Defense News

The Pentagon’s new chief digital and artificial intelligence officer said the gravity of the situation and the need to get things right motivated him to leave ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. for government work. “It’s not for the joys of the job, because it’s going to be arduous,” CDAO Craig Martell said June 7 at a virtual conference hosted by the Department of Defense. “I’m doing it because of the mission.”

Redwire, MDA to Produce Tactical Communications Antennas for Military Satellites


Redwire and MDA announced June 7 they have won contracts to each produce 42 tactical communications antennas for U.S. military satellites in low Earth orbit. The antennas will be installed on satellites that will be part of the Link 16 tactical data network. The Link 16 standard is used by the U.S. military and NATO allies to exchange data between ships, aircraft, and troops on land.

With Hypersonic Worries, Lawmakers Request Reports on US Missile Defense

Breaking Defense

A House Armed Service Committee panel wants the Defense Department to submit a new assessment detailing the Pentagon’s ability to defend against incoming missile threats, according to draft legislation released June 7. The markup section of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act from the HASC subcommittee on strategic forces also includes several provisions requesting that the department submit reports that detail plans to modernize missile defense systems and enhance sensor architecture, and a report identifying current gaps in the missile defense.

Live, Virtual & Constructive Training

Air Force Magazine

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.

Demands of Military Life Behind Rising Food Insecurity Among Families, Reports Find

With one in five military families experiencing food insecurity in 2021—up from one in eight two years ago—two major reports released this week tried to explain what's causing the rise in families facing the risk of not having enough to eat. The think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies and advocacy group Military Family Advisory Network each released studies finding that structural parts of military life, such as high rates of spouse unemployment, moving, and child care shortages are driving the growing rate of food insecurity among Active-duty military families.

Unvaccinated Airmen Seek Restraining Order in Federal Class-Action Lawsuit

Air Force Times

Nine Airmen who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 want a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to protect them from punishment for violating the military’s coronavirus vaccine mandate. The Airmen argued in court filings that their requests to be exempted from COVID vaccination on religious grounds were wrongfully denied.

Aerial ‘Show of Force’ Missions Are Back Over South Korea

The Drive

Fighter jets from South Korea and the United States came together for an unprecedented—at least in recent years—"show of force" aimed squarely at North Korea, which launched no fewer than eight ballistic missiles June 5 in the latest incident of saber-rattling on the peninsula. A total of 20 fighters from the Republic of Korea Air Force, or ROKAF, and the U.S. Air Force were involved in the airpower demonstration, which was held off the western coast of South Korea.

One More Thing

Airmen With Comic Sans Name Tapes Are Testing the Limits of Air Force Regulations

Task & Purpose

The Air Force has a long tradition of defying the odds and pushing the envelope. Take Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, a hero of World War II who became the first human to fly at supersonic speeds; or Col. John Boyd, who defied his own service to create the F-16 fighter jet. And now, in an era when Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. is encouraging his branch to “accelerate change or lose,” Airmen are taking up the challenge by printing out their uniform name tape in Comic Sans, Wingdings, and Old English instead of the standard block sans serif lettering used by everyone else in the service.