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Lockheed Endorses New Engines For F-35 Over Air Force’s Choice

F-35 maker Lockheed Martin thinks the Pentagon should reverse course and pursue the more expensive but technologically advanced Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) for future versions of the fighter, rather than the more incremental F135 Engine Core Upgrade chosen by the Air Force in its 2024 budget.

AFCENT Boss: Russian Air Force ‘Compensating’ for Ukraine with Dangerous Flights in Syria

Russia’s war in Ukraine is having far-reaching consequences for American forces in the Middle East, the top Air Force commander for the region said June 21. The aggressive behavior by Russian planes in Syria toward American aircraft may be part of an effort by Moscow to “compensate” for frustrations in Ukraine, Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, the commander of Air Forces Central, said in a conference call with reporters hosted by the State Department. He added that Russia's acquisition of drones from Iran may also embolden Iran as it continues to support militias in the Middle East.

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Need for Speed: F-16 Pilot Calls the Fighter Jets Sought by Ukraine ‘Easy to Fly’

The Associated Press

F-16 fighter jets hurtle pilots through the sky at up to 2,000 kilometers per hour (1,243 miles per hour). In tight turns or sudden climbs, gravity is pressing so hard on their bodies that some of them might even pass out. Speaking at the Paris Air Show this week, the world’s top aerospace trade show, U.S. Air Force Capt. David “Spicy” Brown, an F-16 pilot, said training takes about a year for American military pilots. It’s not clear how long it will take Ukrainian pilots to learn to fly the aircraft.

No Air Conditioning, Parts Stashed in Tents: Report Dings US Missile Defense


Corrosion from seawater. Missiles that lack an updated security system. A confusing reporting and evaluation structure that uses different metrics for assessing unit and equipment readiness. These are some of the problems the Government Accountability Office found during a recent review of the U.S. missile defense system. Ranging from coast to coast and far abroad, the study painted an alarming picture of America's ability to defend itself from missile attacks and concluded that fixes are needed to address the problems.

On the Paris Tarmac, Execs Vie for the Next US Tanker Order

Defense One

At the far end of the tarmac at the Paris Air Show, two gray aerial refueling tankers are parked within eyeshot of one another—prelude, perhaps, to going head-to-head for a double-digit order from the U.S. Air Force. On one side of the ramp, a Boeing KC-46 is among a handful of U.S. military jets. Across the way, an Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport is surrounded by other military aircraft. The two planes, each based on commercial airliners, are expected to compete as the U.S. Air Force looks to replace dozens of 60-plus-year old KC-135s.

Advancing the Warfighter

Air & Space Forces Magazine

The way modern Airmen and Guardians prepare for the future fight is changing, with live, virtual, and constructive training offering new ways to practice essential skills. Learn more about how virtual and augmented reality, simulated environments, and other technologies are helping train warfighters everywhere from the cockpit to the maintenance depot.

West Eyes Romania as Possible F-16 Training Site for Ukrainian Pilots


A coalition of Western countries is eyeing Romania as a possible location to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets, according to three people with knowledge of the planning, indicating that NATO countries are moving closer to starting a program that could see the warplanes above Ukrainian skies within months.

FCAS Air Chiefs Rally Around ‘Collaborative’ Air Combat Concept

Defense News

The air force chiefs representing the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) partner nations took a step toward establishing a synergistic concept of air warfare on June 21, signing a joint document outlining the path ahead as the trinational program moves forward to a new phase.

Upcoming Space Force-NRO Critical Thinking Wargame to Focus on Space Conflict in 2030


The Space Security Defense Program (SSDP)—a joint Space Force and National Reconnaissance Office organization—is planning a “great power space competition event” to brainstorm the technology and techniques that will be needed for the United States to compete in future conflicts in space. The confab will bring together experts from industry, academia and government to think through challenges and what solutions—available both now and in the future—will be required, according to a solicitation posted on Sam.gov.

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Sentinel ICBM Silo Construction May Be Done with Cost-Plus Contracts

Inside Defense

The House Armed Services Committee approved June 21 an amendment to the fiscal year 2024 defense policy bill that would allow the Defense Department to award cost-plus incentive-fee contracts for construction projects for the Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program's facilities. Cost-plus contracts for Sentinel launch facilities, control centers and other infrastructure would be limited to the first two low-rate initial production lots of the ICBM under this amendment.

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Watch F-35 ‘Headbutt’ Private Plane During Low-Level Intercept Over Marin

The War Zone

Video has emerged depicting the moment a U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II fighter intercepted a Mooney M-20J single-engine airplane over San Francisco on June 20. According to an official announcement by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the intercept concluded without incident.