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Air Force C3 Modernization Czar: ‘We’re Deploying Capability Starting Now’

After years of planning, experiments, and discussion, the Department of the Air Force is ready to start modernizing its command and control capabilities now, the top general overseeing the effort said Sept. 11. “The modernization of C2 isn't tomorrow, it’s today,” Brig. Gen. Luke C.G. Cropsey, integrating program executive officer for command, control, communications, and battle networks, told reporters at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

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US Marks 9/11 with Tributes and Tears, from Ground Zero to a Military Base in Alaska

The Associated Press

Americans looked back Sept. 11 on 9/11 with moments of silence, tearful words, and appeals to teach younger generations about the terror attacks 22 years ago. … President Joe Biden, speaking at a military base in Anchorage, Alaska, urged Americans to rally around protecting democracy. His visit, en route to Washington from a trip to India and Vietnam, is a reminder that the impact of 9/11 was felt in every corner of the nation, however remote.

Air Force Satisfied with SpaceX Services, Not Concerned About Its Growing Dominance


Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said his department is comfortable working with SpaceX despite recent reports about Elon Musk restricting the use of the company’s Starlink satellite services in Ukraine. During a news conference Sept. 11 at the Air Space & Cyber conference, Kendall said he could not comment on reports—from news media and from Musk’s biographer Walter Isaacson—that SpaceX’s boss thwarted Ukrainian forces by shutting off Starlink’s satellite network over Crimea—a territory occupied by Russia that Ukraine was fighting to reclaim.

Four-Star to Push for Top Unit Award for Airmen Involved in Kabul Evac

Air Force Times

The four-star head of Air Mobility Command said Sept. 11he plans to nominate Air Force units and service members who participated in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan for the nation’s highest military awards, after Airmen were left out of a group selected to receive the Presidential Unit Citation for their collective courage.

KC-135 Tankers Being Eyed For Drone Launcher Role

The War Zone

The U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command is still exploring a concept that could see KC-135 aerial refueling tankers gain the ability to launch up to 100 commercial-of-the-shelf drones. The command's top officer says that drones launched by KC-135 motherships could act as decoys and remote sensors, help forces navigate to their destinations, scout out new places to land, aid in the rescue of downed pilots, and more.

SPONSORED: Achieving Information Dominance with SAIC


Jay Meil, Chief Data Scientist of SAIC’s AI Innovation Factory, met with Air & Space Forces Magazine at the 2023 Air, Space & Cyber Conference on getting data to the warfighter to achieve information dominance.

Biden Inches Toward Decision on Long-Range Missiles as Ukraine Ups Pressure


The Biden administration is in active conversations about whether to send long-range missiles to Ukraine amid an intense campaign for the U.S. to transfer the weapon, according to two U.S. officials and a person close to the Ukrainian government. It’s unclear if a decision memo has reached President Joe Biden’s desk. The officials said a final call would be made with Ukraine’s input, but Washington and Kyiv aren’t engaged in discussions about an announcement or a rollout of Army Tactical Missile Systems.

Republican Bill with Massive Boost to Junior Enlisted Pay Sparks Veto Threat from Biden

The White House is taking issue with a House Republican proposal to give junior enlisted troops a more than 30 percent pay bump next year. The opposition to rewriting the pay scale for E-6s and below was included in a broader statement the White House issued Sept. 11 threatening to veto the House's proposed fiscal 2024 Pentagon spending bill, largely over the administration’s objection to “divisive policy provisions” that target abortion rights and LGBTQ+ service members.

SPONSORED: Rolls-Royce: Delivering for the Air Force Every Day


From Rolls-Royce's factories in Indianapolis, originally the Allison Engine plants, thousands of engines have been designed, developed, and delivered to keep the Air Force flying. Today, the company is moving rapidly toward Critical Design Review for the Air Force’s B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP), which will help extend the life of the venerable BUFF by another 30 years. Rolls-Royce has many other programs in operation or development that will benefit the nation’s Airmen.

Military Hopes Commercial Airlines Adopt New Hybrid Plane Design

Defense One

Blended wing body aircraft could benefit the U.S. military by allowing warplanes to fly further, from shorter runways. But making sure the planes are compatible with existing airports is key to giving commercial airlines buy in, too, a top general said Sept. 11. Commercial airlines buying these new, radically different-looking planes would likely lower the cost for the military.

As DOD Readies New Commercial Space Strategies, Industry Frets Funding Gap

Breaking Defense

For the past several years, Defense Department and Intelligence Community (IC) leaders have been vocally touting their determination to take better advantage of cutting-edge commercial space technology—with a handful of studies, strategies and experiments in various stages of completion, including a new commercial acquisition strategy that Pentagon sources say is now on the desk of Space Force chief Gen. Chance Saltzman. But a chorus of industry insiders have told Breaking Defense over the last few weeks that they have a simpler answer to the conundrum: Show me the money.

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RAF Capability Gaps Leave UK ‘Dangerously Exposed’, MPs Warn

Flight Global

Defense chiefs have left the United Kingdom “dangerously exposed” through a series of misguided equipment decisions—in one case branded “irrational” and “perverse”—which have created “unacceptable” capability gaps for the Royal Air Force (RAF), a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

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ACC Commander Announces New William Tell Award

Air Force release

Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of Air Combat Command, announced the establishment of the William Tell Competition “Lt. Col. James Harvey III F-15 Wing Award” during the competition’s ceremony dinner Sept. 10. The new award is named in honor of Harvey, a member of the storied 332nd Fighter Group of the Tuskegee Airmen and winners of the “Best Overall Team Award” during the first-ever gunnery meet held in 1949 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The gunnery meet was the predecessor to William Tell.