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Massive German-Hosted Air Exercise Will Feature 220 Aircraft, Simulated Combat

NATO allies will conduct a massive air exercise in Germany this June on a scale unseen since the end of the Cold War, military officials said. Some 220 allied aircraft and 10,000 personnel will take part in Air Defender 23, against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The German-hosted exercise will bring U.S. Air National Guard aircraft and allied planes together to practice combat, distributed operations, and degraded command and control.
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Space Force Satellite Control Network Is In Urgent Need of Upgrades, Watchdog Says

The Space Force system for controlling a wide range of critical government satellites is growing old, inefficient and unable to keep up with rising demand, the Government Accountability Office warned in a new report. The Satellite Control Network (SCN) is made up of 19 antennas stationed around the world, from Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean to the village of Oakhanger in southern England to Schriever Space Force Base, Colo., where the primary control center for SCN is located.
Thule Air Base renamed putuffik space base

Thule Air Base Gets a New Name: Pituffik Space Base

The northernmost U.S. military base in the world has a new name, as Thule Air Base became Pituffik Space Base on April 6. The renaming reflects both the native Greenlandic culture where the base is located and its primary role supporting Space Force missions. 

Radar Sweep

NATO Member Romania Pushes to Buy US-Made F-35 Fighter Jets

The Associated Press

Romania’s top defense body approved on April 11 the acquisition of an unspecified number of American-made F-35 fighter jets, as the NATO-member state pushes to modernize its air force, Romania’s presidential office said. The office of President Klaus Iohannis did not specify how many F-35 fighters Romania would look to purchase or when it would buy them. The acquisition would also need Parliamentary approval but is expected to be widely supported.

Space Force to Propose Plan to Acquire High-Capacity Satellite Communications


In an effort to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of U.S. military services, the Space Force will propose a new plan to acquire high-capacity satellite communications. Senior members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are set to be briefed on this plan in the coming weeks, said Lt. Gen. Philip Garrant, deputy chief of space operations for strategy, plans, programs and requirements.

From Ukraine to Debt Ceiling, It’s a Balancing Act to Pass FY24 Budget

Defense News

Today, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is deadlocked with the White House over raising the debt ceiling amid Republican demands to curb spending while simultaneously increasing the defense budget. At the same time, he’s likely to face another divisive issue within his caucus in the months ahead: additional emergency defense and economic spending for Ukraine. All of that means Congress is poised to rehash a decade-old fight in a divided government, and the Pentagon may no longer be able to rely on the massive defense budget increases it has grown accustomed to in recent years.

Go Deeper on Operational Imperatives

Air & Space Forces Magazine

Virtually every part of the Department of the Air Force’s drive to modernize is being shaped by Secretary Frank Kendall’s seven Operational Imperatives—lines of effort that address the most important and urgent challenges facing the Air Force today. Now, the department and industry are working together to develop solutions for each imperative, and the results will likely change the Air Force and Space Force for the next generation. Keep up with all the latest news on each Operational Imperative.

Retirement Of MC-130H Speeds Up MC-130J Low-Flying Radar Upgrade

The War Zone

The U.S. Air Force says it has accelerated work to integrate Raytheon's AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight terrain-following/terrain avoidance radar onto its MC-130J Commando II special operations transport/tanker aircraft. This has come amid the retirement of the Commando II's predecessor, the MC-130H Combat Talon II, with its highly specialized AN/APQ-170 radar.

US Has Planes, Boats on Call for Emergencies, Why Not Satellites?

Defense News

With the Civil Reserve Air Fleet and its maritime equivalent—dubbed the National Defense Reserve Fleet—as models for how to take advantage of commercially-owned capacity in times of need, the Space Force is in the early phases of designing its own version, the Commercial Augmentation Space Reserve.

Airman Receives Distinguished Flying Cross for Playing Critical Role in 2019 Afghan Firefight

Task & Purpose

The battlefield is a chaotic and complicated environment. That’s true on the ground, and high in the sky above, where Air Force Tactical Systems Operators (TSOs) are often engaged in providing command and control and helping manage assets for the fight. One such TSO was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for providing all that and more during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2019. The award was presented on March 28 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

One More Thing

How Troops Can See Free ‘Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant’ Advance Screenings

Now that it's safe to go to the base theater again, The Exchange Reel Time Cinema and MGM are giving military members, retirees, and military dependents the chance to catch a movie before it opens to the general public. "Guy Ritchie's The Covenant" will open in select Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) theaters on April 15, 2023.