New Study: US Needs Counterspace Weapons for Space Superiority

Space is a warfighting domain, and to ensure superiority in that domain, the Space Force and U.S. Space Command need to field and demonstrate a full range of capabilities—including counterspace weapons—a new paper from the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and a panel of experts agreed. Getting to that point will require changes in policy, classification, force structure, and personnel management. But the threats in the domain and the need to address them can no longer be denied, said Maj. Gen. David N. Miller, director of operations, training, and force development for U.S. Space Command. 

Air Force Risks Sub-Optimizing Fighter Engines—Again 

“The F-35 is the most advanced fighter yet built, but decisions and compromises imposed on it more than a decade ago continue to push up its cost, decrease its reliability, limit its performance, and constrain its ability to exploit new technologies. For fighter pilots of my generation who lived through similar challenges, it’s a current reminder that we ignore the lessons of the past at our peril,” writes retired Air Force Col. Leonard "Lucky" Ekman.

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Making It Easier for Military Spouses to Do Government Jobs from Home? Congress Weighs New Policy.

Military spouses could have more opportunities to work remotely for the federal government under legislation advancing through Congress, giving spouses more options for stable employment as they move from duty station to duty station with their partners in uniform. An amendment added to the House's version of the National Defense Authorization Act last week would specify that federal agencies can hire military spouses to work remotely using an expedited hiring process reserved for those spouses.

US Sending $500 Million in Weapons, Military Aid to Ukraine

The Associated Press

The Biden administration announced June 27 that it is sending up to $500 million in military aid to Ukraine, including more than 50 heavily armored vehicles and an infusion of missiles for air defense systems, as Ukrainian and Western leaders try to sort out the impact of the brief weekend insurrection in Russia. The aid is aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s counteroffensive, which has been moving slowly in its early stages.

Lawmakers Using Russia Rebellion to Push for More Weapons to Ukraine


The turmoil in Russia is giving Ukraine’s allies on Capitol Hill new ammunition in the fight to secure more weapons and aid for Kyiv. It’s still unclear what the brief mercenary rebellion will mean for Russia and Ukraine, but lawmakers argue the schism between Vladimir Putin and Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is a sign Western-supplied weapons are working, and that Washington needs to navigate skepticism in Congress to keep the tap open.

House Appropriators Target Space Force Programs


he House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $826.4 billion spending bill for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2024, about $285 million above the Biden administration’s request. The bill, however, recommends nearly $1 billion in cuts from the U.S. Space Force’s $30 billion request. The HAC defense subcommittee, which in recent years has proposed increased spending for the Space Force, said the cuts recommended in its 2024 markup reflect concerns about programs’ performance and Space Force justifications.

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.

Bell Sees an Opening in Militarizing ‘Cost-Effective’ Commercial Helicopters for Foreign Buyers

Breaking Defense

With increased demand worldwide for low-cost armed helicopters, Texas-based Bell says it’s found a balance between demand, supply and Foreign Military Sales-related obstacles offering militarized commercial helicopters to some customers on tighter budgets. At this year’s Paris Air show, a Bell 429 helicopter was exhibited in the static display in its police configuration, which the company says can be militarized through weapons integration upon request to become what’s known as a special mission aircraft (SMA).

How the ‘Stormbringers’ Are Preparing for War in Space

Defense One

As the U.S. Space Force prepares for conflict in space, the service’s orbital warfare unit is training its Guardians to respond to provocations from Russia or China. Based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Space Delta 9 aims to “cultivate a deep understanding” of “offensive and defensive fires” so it can preserve access to space and respond to on-orbit threats if necessary, said Space Delta 9 Commander Col. Mark Bigley.

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US Air Force Still Determining F-15EX Training, Pilot Needs

Aviation Week

The U.S. Air Force is merging F-15E and F-15EX training as it brings on the new Boeing jets, but it still needs to determine how the Guard pilots will be able to train for its primary air-to-air role on a Strike Eagle that is more focused on defeating ground threats.

OPINION: 100 Years of Air Refueling, Global Reach

The Hill

“The tanker fleet remains essential to United States’ ability to project power, to protect the homeland, and maintain strategic deterrence that has brought stability for generations among the world’s powers. Effective and fail-safe aerial refueling is also instrumental in our global strike capability, rapid global mobility, and coordinated Joint Force and coalition efforts,” writes Air Mobility Command boss Gen. Mike A. Minihan

Pentagon Uses Ukraine Funds to Split Supply Chains from Russia, China

Defense News

More than a year ago, Congress passed a $40 billion Ukraine aid package. Lawmakers allocated a miniscule portion of that package―less than 2 percent―to expedite munitions production and expand access to critical minerals via the Defense Production Act. The Pentagon is now starting to make use of the bill’s $600 million appropriation for Defense Production Act funding.

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Italian Air Force Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Memorable Airshow

The Aviationist

The Aeronautica Militare celebrated its 100th anniversary with an incredible, long-awaited airshow which paid homage to the service’s history. The three-day airshow, which lasted from June 16-18, was hosted by Pratica di Mare air base, near Rome, which in the past was the home of the annual “Giornata Azzurra” airshows. The airshow, one of the many initiatives planned throughout the year to celebrate the centennial, was designed as an immersive experience for visitors to experience all nuances of the Air Force, both the more visible front-line capabilities and the ones “behind the scenes” that are often overlooked by the general public.