Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. speaks about reforming the institution, addressing the rise of China, and a notable lack of diversity within the ranks in this interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
The Pentagon’s implementation plan for its military communications and data-sharing overhaul is a “living document” that will be amended as advances are made and the spectrum of threats worldwide changes. The classified plan for joint all-domain command and control, signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks in March, will be updated as needed to reflect successes and failures, said Arsenio “Bong” Gumahad, director of the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance division in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.
“President Trump visited Asia in November 2017. In Vietnam, he delivered a speech declaring a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific.’ It signified a shift in the language leaders use to describe the world’s most populous region. Mr. Trump actually borrowed the phrase from Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving postwar leader. Abe, who was killed by an assassin, died knowing that his signature geopolitical vision—and the vocabulary used to describe it—had been thoroughly embraced across much of the region and beyond,” writes Matt Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser who coordinated Asia policy from 2017 to 2021.
As the Air Force shifts from the last 20 years of fighting in the Middle East toward a potential conflict against China or Russia and their modern militaries, it needs to change how it rescues downed pilots and other personnel to account for the far more complex threat environments they’d face.
To fight as a joint force, Airmen must train that way. Michael Aldinger, vice president and Air Force lead for HII’s LVC Solutions Group, talks about how to unlock the barriers to joint-all-domain training in this video interview.
Lockheed Martin revealed that it delivered a compact directed energy weapon to the Air Force Research Lab, a key milestone in the service’s effort to equip a tactical fighter jet with a laser capable of shooting down anti-aircraft missiles. “It is the smallest, lightest, high-energy laser of its power class that Lockheed Martin has built to date,” Tyler Griffin, a company executive, told reporters. “It is a critical benchmark in developing an operational laser weapon system in the airborne domain.”
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, when life gives you a couple of busted-up F-35 fighter jets, make them into a kind of zombie jet, but instead of craving brains, they crave remedial training. At Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Airmen are working to refurbish two F-35s into training aids. Both aircraft were involved in accidents in the past several years, and both were condemned to the scrap yard. But after several years, there’s enough left over to create a set of training aids for all the maintainers who keep the remainder of the fleet of the country’s most expensive airframe working.
“For years, there has been little room for argument that Finland is laser focused on how to defend its territory. The Finns have a long history of living with the Russians, including a century of being part of the Russian Empire itself. Knowing the Russians as well as they do, they are organized to prepare when necessary to defend their nation against their big neighbor when a crisis erupts,” writes defense analyst Robbin Laird.
Mere months ago, Ukraine’s space program struggled to compete for funding and wasn’t seen as integral to national defense, but that’s completely changed now, the former head of its space agency said at the Space Innovation Summit on July 11. Before Russia’s February invasion, Ukrainian officials viewed space as “not so critical for national defense—that you should not spend a lot of money on space—because it's expensive, and you should maybe spend on something much more clear, down to Earth,” said Volodymyr Usov, former chair of the State Space Agency of Ukraine.
The Department of Defense wants to leverage artificial intelligence and edge computing for satellite communications, but today’s systems have shortcomings, Pentagon officials say. Artificial intelligence and space technology are critical for enabling the Pentagon’s vision of joint all-domain command and control (JADC2), among other modernization efforts. “Fundamentally, I would like to use edge-based devices to do most of our AI [computation],” Lisa Costa, chief technology and innovation officer for the Space Force, said during a panel at the virtual Space Innovation Summit.
Air Force Maj. Emmett Tullia II escaped death half a dozen times Jan. 19, 1991, when he maneuvered his F-16 through a fusillade of Iraqi surface-to-air missiles during a mission in which two of his fellow Viper pilots were shot down and taken prisoner. Tullia was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his aerial acrobatics that day.