An attack with drones hit a compound run by American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters in eastern Syria, the U.S. military said, adding that there were no casualties or damage. The military said the attack took place in the vicinity of al-Tanf base near where the borders of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq meet. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Thailand and China kicked off a joint air force exercise Aug. 14, the kingdom's military said, the first such drills in years following a pause forced by COVID-19. The "Falcon Strike" exercise comes after China's largest military drills around Taiwan, which were conducted in retaliation to a visit there by United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Modern air crews need a lot of data for missions. How does the Air Force plan to protect and inform them in real time?
The Missile Defense Agency is taking first steps for a facility—which will include a command and control center—in Guam as part of a long-term missile defense plan in the Indo-Pacific region. But choosing the right site has been one of the nascent program’s biggest challenges.
Microsoft has taken actions to disrupt hacking campaigns linked to a highly persistent Russian threat actor that has targeted defense and intelligence consulting companies, among other entities, primarily in NATO countries, the company announced. The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has been tracking the Russian state-sponsored group SEABORGIUM since 2017, whose campaigns involve phishing and credential theft campaigns.
An excerpt from the forthcoming book, “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” by journalists Susan B. Glasser and Peter Baker, details the unpredictable and often contentious relationship between former President Donald Trump and senior U.S. military leaders, from retired Marine General and Defense Secretary James Mattis to Trump's hand-picked choice for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley.
The German Air Force has sent a fleet of aircraft around the world for its first-ever deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, a move meant to demonstrate its operational capability during two regional exercises and to show solidarity with its allies there. Six Eurofighter jets—painted with the flags of Germany, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, and Japan—left Neuburg Air Base followed by four A400M multirole aircraft and three A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft.
Montreal-based startup North Star Earth and Space is planning to launch up to 30 satellites for monitoring near-Earth obits to create almost constant coverage of where and how systems are operating in space—creating a revolutionary capability beyond that of most nations right now. “We’re trying to monitor everything,” the firm’s CEO Stewart Bain said.
The Army transferred some of its satellite operations to the Space Force on Aug. 15, marking the latest move to reorganize and grow the youngest military branch. In addition to control of the communication satellites, 500 people will transfer from the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command, based in Huntsville, Ala., to Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado as part of the expansion.
With his West Point pedigree and nearly five decades serving on Active duty, the upper reaches of the Department of Defense, and assorted national security endeavors, Frank Kendall had a highly refined idea for what he would face when took his seat as Air Force Secretary in 2021. Now, after one full year on the job, Kendall’s assessment of what his leadership has brought (and what it hasn’t), and how that has shaped the Air Force and Space Force to better address the global threats facing the United States, is generally positive.
“Responsive space is a concept that the United States continues to pursue but has not yet achieved. As Russia and China continue to proliferate anti-satellite technology, and space increasingly becomes a warfighting domain, the ability to rapidly reconstitute our presence in space is emerging as a national security imperative,” writes Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.).
The Air Force search and rescue community backed up their motto ‘These things we do so that others may live’ earlier this month when several squadrons, aircraft and Airmen scrambled to fly hundreds of miles over the open ocean to save a complete stranger with a life-threatening medical condition. In less than two days, the Air Force and Air National Guard pulled off the complex operation “flawlessly,” according to one statement, despite the challenges of distance and rough seas.