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SDA Awards $1.5 Billion for 72 New ‘Transport’ Satellites to Lockheed and Northrop

The Space Development Agency awarded contracts Aug. 21 to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin for 36 satellites each as part of Tranche 2 of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA), a large constellation of satellites in low-Earth orbit. The two deals, worth a collective $1.55 billion, are part of SDA's Transport Layer—envisioned as a constellation of up to 500 satellites that will provide constant coverage over 95 percent of the Earth's surface at all times. The Transport Layer would create a global satellite mesh network, providing high-speed tactical links supporting the Pentagon’s broader plans for Joint All-Domain Command and Control. 
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Air Force Announces ARRW Test—But Offers Few Details on the Results  

The Air Force announced it conducted another test of the AGM-183 Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) hypersonic missile on Aug. 19. But while the service said the event provided useful data, it declined to say whether the vehicle hit its planned target and did not characterize the test as “a success,” as it has done on some previous flights.
Maj. Gen. John Klein, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, left, speaks with Senior Master Sgt. Adrian E. Holguin, 728th Air Mobility Squadron aerial port superintendent, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Feb. 25, 2023.

Accompanied, 2-Year Tours Could Make a Comeback at Incirlik, Turkey

After nearly seven years, the Air Force is looking into the possibility of returning dependents and restoring standard two-year deployments to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. In an Aug. 21 release, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa announced a project task force team visited the base last week to assess the feasibility of returning to standard OCONUS (outside the continental U.S.) tours at Incirlik. 

Radar Sweep

National Guard Chief on Lessons from Ukraine, COVID-19 and Military Promotion Limbo

Breaking Defense

With roughly 430,000 Soldiers and Airmen, the U.S. National Guard represents a sizeable chunk of America’s overall military strength. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the 29th chief of the National Guard Bureau, is the man in charge of organizing and making it all work. And as the National Guard Association of the United States gathered over the weekend in Reno, Nev., for its annual convention, Hokanson was a man in the spotlight.

Russian Jets Playing Chicken with US Planes over Syria, Officials Say

Defense One

Russia’s fighter jets are making dangerous head-on passes of U.S. jets over Syria, a U.S. spokesperson said, even as Russian media outlets are accusing the United States of doing the same. Russian fighters have approached U.S. and coalition forces’ aircraft multiple times over Syria in August, “including several high-speed, opposite-direction, close-aboard passes intended to force a reaction from our aircraft,” said Col. Mike Andrews of the U.S. Air Force Central Command.

New Developments in Warfighter Training

Air & Space Forces Magazine

Driven by advancements in technology and research, the Air Force and Space Force are adapting how they train their warfighters to complete the missions at hand. Keep up with all the latest news on changes and improvements to the services’ training enterprises.

OPINION: Get Ukraine the Airpower It Needs Before It’s Too Late


“As the war grinds on in Ukraine, with every kilometer reclaimed from invading Russian forces costing more lives, firepower, and time, the United States and its allied partners must do everything possible to empower President Zelensky and his forces to achieve success,” writes retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula.

PODCAST: A Conversation with Air Marshal Harvey Smyth: Allied Perspective

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

In Episode 142 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, host John “Slick” Baum, retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, and retired Gen. Kevin Chilton chat with Air Marshal Harvey Smyth, the Royal Air Force’s Air and Space Commander. Working together with other service branches and international operational commanders, Air Marshal Smyth oversees the generation and employment of airpower for the United Kingdom. This conversation explores how Air Marshal Smyth sees the global security environment and where the RAF stands from a capabilities perspective. They also discuss future operating concepts and RAF spacepower objectives.

‘Hard Landing’ Damages F-16 Fighting Falcon at US Air Base in Japan

Stars and Stripes

The Air Force is investigating a hard landing by an F-16 Fighting Falcon in northeast Japan, according to a Misawa Air Base spokesman. Photographs posted Aug. 21 by the Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook group appear to show the damaged fighter accompanied by emergency vehicles Thursday on Misawa’s runway. The plane was tilted to its left, its wing almost touching the ground.

First Military Move Shipments Under New Private Management Set to Begin Next Month

The company that will soon be responsible for all U.S. military troops' worldly possessions during moves begins its phased takeover of the Defense Department's household goods shipment operation in September. HomeSafe Alliance will finally begin managing the pickup, shipping, and delivery of personal belongings during moves to new duty stations after it received the DOD’s estimated $6.2 billion Global Household Goods Contract in November 2021. The joint venture between KBR, a science, technology, and engineering company, and Tier One Relocation describes itself as a “move management service provider.”

US, Japan Working to Negotiate and Finalize New Deal to Develop Hypersonic Missile Interceptor


The Defense Department has agreed to team up with Japan’s Ministry of Defense to jointly produce a new weapon that can counter advanced, emerging hypersonic threats in the Indo-Pacific region. However, details regarding how the two militaries will co-finance and co-develop these next-generation missile-fighting capabilities remain sparse because they are still being hashed out by government leadership, a Pentagon spokesperson told DefenseScoop on Aug. 21.

China’s Constant Spying on Australian Drills from Space a Sign of Shifting Orbital Balance

The War Zone

An Australian defense contractor that provides commercial satellite tracking services says it has monitored hundreds of Chinese space-based surveillance assets making thousands of passes over the country and surrounding areas in recent months. The company's data indicates that the Chinese satellites have been gathering intelligence about major multi-national military exercises hosted by Australia.

One More Thing

9 Best Places to Cry Inside the Pentagon

Military Times

Working at the Pentagon, home to the U.S. Department of Defense, is not exactly an easy job. This five-sided building is designed to be one the world’s largest, most utilitarian office buildings, and to say that it has all the charm of a prison cell is ... generous. The menacing beige building was deemed “ugly as sin” by the Commission for Fine Arts, and frankly, waking up at 7 a.m. every day to sit in one of its thousands of dark cubicles is enough to make a grown man cry.