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KC-46 Flies Without Co-Pilot as AMC Explores Limited Aircrew Operations

A KC-46 tanker at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., flew without a co-pilot Oct. 25, part of Air Mobility Command's push to study limited aircrew operations. Two flights took place with just a pilot and a boom operator, the 22nd Air Refueling Wing announced in a release. The first sortie flew a pattern only, while the second accomplished a “full mission profile,” including “takeoff, aerial refueling rendezvous, air refueling on-load, and offload, [and] landing.”
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No Space War College: USSF Partners With Johns Hopkins for PME Program

Some of the Space Force’s top officers will have a new option for intermediate- and senior-level developmental education starting in 2023. The Space Force announced a new partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The plan is to provide service-specific, in-residence programs at its School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.—part of what the service is touting as a new “independent” approach to professional military education.
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State Department Issues New Plan to Track Weapons to Ukraine

The State Department announced a new plan to track weapons the United States has provided to Ukraine. The plan addresses concerns that the nearly $18 billion in military aid America has provided since Russia's renewed invasion could fall into the wrong hands. If Russia acquires American weapons, it could "develop countermeasures, propaganda, or ... conduct false-flag operations," according to the State Department.

Report: New Intelligence Offices Could Benefit US in ‘Techno-Economic Competition’

A new report suggests that the U.S. military’s “technological edge” could erode—the Defense Department no longer able to fulfill its commitments or to project power in the customary way—if the U.S. doesn’t become a better-informed player in the global “techno-economic competition.” To that end, a one-year-old think tank with its origins in a federal commission proposes the creation of two new intelligence entities to help “fuse more diverse sources of information across all domains” through artificial intelligence.

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Many Military UFO Reports Are Just Foreign Spying or Airborne Trash

The New York Times

Government officials believe that surveillance operations by foreign powers and weather balloons or other airborne clutter explain most recent incidents of unidentified aerial phenomenon—government-speak for U.F.O.s—as well as many episodes in past years. The sightings have puzzled the Pentagon and intelligence agencies for years, fueling theories about visiting space aliens and spying by a hostile nation using advanced technology. But government officials say many of the incidents have far more ordinary explanations.

Is Attacking the Electricity Infrastructure Used by Civilians Always a War Crime?


Since Russia’s grotesquely illegal invasion of Ukraine last February, experts have detailed the failures, incompetence, and savagery of its military. In that context, consider this disturbing new report from CNBC: Since Oct. 10, Russia has launched a series of devastating salvos at Ukraine’s power infrastructure, which have hit at least half of its thermal power generation and up to 40 percent of the entire system. President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Union (EU), immediately charged that “Russia’s attacks against civilian infrastructure, especially electricity, are war crimes.” Let’s readily acknowledge Russia’s horrifying criminality in this war, but let’s also step back and analyze specifics as it is important that we understand exactly how the law of armed conflict applies in this instance.

OPINION: Honoring Filipino Americans’ Legacy of Service

Air Force Times

“My mother came to this country from the Philippines over 40 years ago chasing the American dream. She graduated from University of the Philippines Diliman—and when the opportunity to come to the United States presented itself, she jumped at it. Because she knew—like so many—that if she was willing to work hard, the sky’s the limit in the United States of America. … Every day, I have the pleasure of entering the halls of the Pentagon to ensure our Air Force and Space Force have what they need to protect our American way of life. I believe the core of our nation’s strength comes from, and ultimately through, our people. I am personally convinced that we must have a force that is as diverse as the challenges and opportunities that we face as a country,” writes Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones.

Austin ‘Confident’ About Meeting Recruiting Challenges

Air Force Times

Although headlines abounded this summer that the military faces a recruiting crisis, spurred by the Army’s announcement that it expected to miss its accessions goal by thousands, the Defense Department’s most senior leader says he is confident the services will be able to man themselves appropriately to achieve DoD’s stated goals of competing with and deterring China and Russia.

S. Korea, US to conduct Vigilant Storm Air Drills Amid N. Korea Threats


South Korea and the United States will hold major combined air drills, involving some 240 military aircraft, to verify the allies' wartime operational capabilities, the Air Force said Oct. 28, amid growing North Korean security threats. The five-day Vigilant Storm exercise is set to begin as Seoul and Washington are striving to sharpen deterrence amid concerns that Pyongyang could ratchet up tensions by conducting a nuclear test or other provocative acts.

Russia Threatens a Retaliatory Strike Against US Commercial Satellites

Ars Technica

Russia has made some of its most provocative comments yet about Western commercial satellites, which have provided valuable imagery and communications data to Ukraine this year, suggesting they are appropriate wartime targets. In comments made Oct. 26, a deputy director in Russia's foreign ministry, Konstantin Vorontsov, said the use of Western commercial satellites by Ukraine is "an extremely dangerous trend."

Rain Today? DIU, Air Force Partner on Global Weather Sensing

Breaking Defense

The Pentagon’s commercial innovation arm and the Air Force are jointly developing novel systems to improve global weather sensing from land-, air- and space-based platforms, announcing prototype contract awards to five vendors for everything from nano-drones to large balloons to satellites.

Feds Close 90/10 Loophole Involving Veterans Education Benefits

Air Force Times

Department of Education officials published their final regulations regarding how veterans’ education benefits are classified in federal funding calculations for colleges, closing the so-called “90/10 loophole” that has been the target of advocates for years. “After years of harassment by deceptive and aggressive for-profit college recruiters, veterans, service members, and their families will no longer be viewed as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform,” Carrie Wofford, president of Veterans Education Success, said in a statement.

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That Time They Made a Parody of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Starring Dogs

Task & Purpose

War is hell, and no book captured the suffering in the trenches quite like Erich Maria Remarque’s 1927 novel “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Drawing from his own wartime experience, Remarque made the story of Paul Baumer and his compatriot’s struggles so vivid it became an international hit. So clearly Hollywood needed to make a comedy out of it with dogs.