Operational Imperative No. 7

We’re coming off a couple of decades of conflict in which all of our comms were essentially secured, we were not competing with a peer, and I think most of us in the room believe the next conflict will be quite different from that.

Radar Sweep

Air Force Developing New Architecture for JADC2 ‘Kill Chains,’ Wants Faster ABMS Development

Breaking Defense

A key Air Force official said the service is developing an “architecture” to address integrated “kill chains” for its new battle network framework and is addressing operational gaps for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), as the service ramps up its contributions to the Pentagon’s sprawling Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiative. The first analysis of what that architecture would look like was delivered to Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall in June, Brig. Gen. Luke Cropsey, program executive officer for command, control, communications and battle management, said during a keynote speech at the Air Force Life Cycle Industry Days conference in Dayton, Ohio, last week.

US Commission to Investigate China’s Remote-Sensing Technologies


An influential U.S. commission that advises Congress and the White House is soliciting proposals from companies that can produce an unclassified report on China’s remote sensing capabilities. The request for proposals, issued Aug. 8, seeks a report that assesses China’s objectives in remote sensing technologies, the state of the country’s remote sensing technology and its competitiveness. Proposals are due Sept. 8.

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.

DOD’s Failure to Standardize Exceptional Family Member Program Leaves Gaps in Services, Watchdog Finds


The Pentagon has yet to implement all recommendations for improving its Exceptional Family Member Program across the military services, a shortcoming that could leave families with special needs at installations that lack the facilities or specialties required for medical care and support. The office responsible for developing and implementing the program's policies—the Office of Special Needs—has failed to collect detailed data, such as installation-specific information, needed for families and assignments personnel to make informed decisions, according to the Defense Department Office of the Inspector General.

Military Services Can’t Agree on Where Service Members’ Waists Are

Military Times

In a recent brief to a Defense Department advisory committee, fitness experts for each of the military services described how they’re on track to eliminate the inaccuracies in body-fat measurement methods that have frustrated service members with nonstandard builds for decades. But this quest for accuracy has led them to distinctly different conclusions: No two services can even agree on where to measure a service member’s waist when deploying the hated, but hard-to-eliminate tape test.

Long-Overdue GPS Ground Stations Delayed by Pandemic, Chinese Hardware

Defense One

Raytheon Technologies’ long-troubled ground stations that will control the Pentagon’s constellation of GPS satellites won’t be ready till next year—seven years behind schedule. The Space Force is replacing its current ground stations through a program called GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment, or OCX. Back in 2016, when OCX was supposed to be ready, it was already being called the “most troubled program” in the Air Force. Now lawmakers are angry.

Pentagon’s Counter-Drone Office to Demo Swarm Destruction in 2024

Defense News

The Pentagon’s counter-drone office will focus on neutralizing swarms of unmanned aircraft in its next demonstration planned for June 2024, according to a slideshow displayed during an Aug. 8 presentation by the office’s director. The proliferation of drones on the battlefield is rising. For example, Ukraine is losing 10,000 per month while defending itself from Russian invaders, according to the Royal United Services Institute think tank. Flooding the battlefield with a large number of drones, especially those able to fly in a coordinated fashion, is a threat the U.S. military is still trying to address.

Modern ‘Triad’ Aims to Fill Capability Gap, Help US Military Compete with Adversaries


The “modern triad”—a combination of space, cyber and special operations capabilities—is needed to address the new paradigm of activity that is occurring below the threshold of armed conflict known as the competition space or gray zone, officials say. Unveiled last year, the Army has begun exercising and demonstrating this concept in which its components pair their unique capabilities that span across the globe to provide integrated packages for commanders.

Red Flag Expands Out Into The Pacific With An Eye On China

The War Zone

The U.S. Air Force's premier air combat exercise, Red Flag, has been blended together with a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier's capstone Composite Unit Training Exercise, or COMPTUEX, for the first time. The latest iteration of Red Flag was centered on longer-range maritime combat scenarios that American military aviators might expect to encounter in the Pacific, with a particular eye on a potential future conflict with China.

One More Thing

From The Clipper To the 747: How US Presidents Have Traveled in the Past Century

Simple Flying

Irrespective of the mode of travel, transporting the President of the United States is a logistical challenge. The United States Air Force (USAF) ensures that designated aircraft are available when the standing president needs to travel. Air Force One is the official callsign for any USAF aircraft carrying the US President.