Air Force Surgeon General: Better Access to Health Services Helps Force Readiness

Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, Surgeon General for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, highlighted the need for a more unified care system across all major commands to help Airmen, Guardians, and their families locate mental health programs, physical therapy, and other medical support services. He said erasing confusion around important mental health services—like suicide prevention—requires “tearing down stovepipes and consolidating” providers into a single recognizable system.

‘Change Must Continue’: Brown Reflects on Time as Air Force Chief of Staff

With his promotion to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff likely coming soon, Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Q. Brown Jr. marked perhaps his final speech to a large Air Force audience on the job with a simple message: “If we fail to adapt, we risk losing.” Addressing a packed room full of Airmen at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, Brown detailed a realistic picture of the challenges the U.S. while also projecting optimism on the work that has been done and will continue after he leaves the CSAF job.

Experts Talk Potential and Path Forward for Integrating AI Across the Air and Space Forces

Across the Department of Defense, agencies and branches are exploring artificial intelligence tools and all their potential uses, from empowering unmanned systems to catalyzing quicker and better decision-making on the battlefield. The Department of the Air Force is no exception—just last month, DAF released a comprehensive call to industry highlighting eight areas related to command and control where AI could transform the department’s processes and efforts.

Space Force Service Component for Europe and Africa Coming in December

The Space Force will establish a service component for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command in early December, Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman announced in a keynote address Sept. 12—and more may be on the way. The new component will “help, integrate, collaborate and cooperate with our joint teammates, partners, and allies in the region,” Saltzman said at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber conference. 

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Air Force Research Lab Explores Entanglement Distribution, a Key to Future Quantum Networks


As it moves deliberately to make game-changing strides in quantum information science—a buzzy, emerging field with big potential to enable revolutionary advances in computing power and information processing—Air Force Research Laboratory is now placing a sharper focus on entanglement distribution, which marks a key functionality of a quantum internet and large-scale quantum networks.

Air Force Creates Task Forces to Pilot Modern Deployments

Air Force Times

The Air Force in fiscal 2024 will experiment with further changes to how it deploys airmen, service leaders announced at the Air and Space Forces Association’s annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference here this week. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said Sept. 11 the service is creating three “air task forces,” or packages of Airmen that the Air Force can offer to Pentagon planners to tackle crises around the world.

SPONSORED: SAIC Discusses Future of JADC2


Joe Sublousky, Vice President of JADC2 for SAIC, spoke to Air & Space Forces Magazine at the 2023 Air, Space & Cyber Conference about the future of air operations and JADC2.

China, Russia Will Use Cyber to Sow Chaos If War Starts, Pentagon Says

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China and Russia are prepared to unleash a flurry of cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and defense networks should war break out, according to a Pentagon strategy unveiled this week. Such tactics, meant to sow chaos, divert precious resources and paralyze military mobilization, were observed in Eastern Europe during Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, a conflict that colors the Pentagon’s new 2023 Cyber Strategy. An unclassified summary of the document was made public Sept. 12.

Space Force Needs More Cyber Operators for Weapons Systems, Chief Says

Defense One

Protecting weapons systems is a top concern for the U.S. Space Operations Command, but there aren’t enough cyber operators to monitor the myriad interconnected platforms. “We really need to worry about our weapons systems … because every weapons system talks to another weapons system that talks to another system. So we have to make sure that we are secure,” Maj. Gen. Douglas Schiess, the commander for U.S. Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component Command, told reporters Sept. 12 during the Air & Space Forces Association’s annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

Air Force Says It Remains Confident in Osprey Aircraft Despite Recent Deadly Mishaps

Air Force officials told that they remain confident in the CV-22 Osprey amid recent deadly crashes, some of which have been attributed to an elusive ongoing mechanical issue. A Marine Corps Osprey crashed in Australia last month, killing three Marines; the cause is still being investigated. Additionally, another Marine Corps Osprey went down last year in Southern California, claiming the lives of five Marines. Findings revealed in July showed the cause of that crash was a hard clutch engagement, a mechanical issue that has plagued the military for more than a decade.

Quantum Clocks Could Revolutionize Precision Warfare Within a Decade: Experts

Breaking Defense

What difference does a nanosecond make? If you’re using your phone’s GPS to find the nearest Starbucks, not much. But for satellites zipping along in low orbit at five miles per second, radio waves moving at the speed of light, or AI chips doing billions of calculations per second, being off by one billionth of a second actually matters. That’s why the U.S. military wants to move beyond the GPS timing signal—which is accurate to less than 30 nanoseconds, and which enemies can jam—to compact “quantum clocks,” small enough to fit in a missile warhead or small drone and accurate to the picosecond (one thousandth of a nanosecond) or beyond.

SPONSORED: Terran Orbital CEO on Responsive Space

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Marc Bell, CEO of Terran Orbital, spoke to Air & Space Forces Magazine at the 2023 Air, Space & Cyber Conference on how responsive space is changing and how Terran Orbital is helping get space gear into the hands of the warfighter.

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LaPlante Makes Case for Production Readiness to Drive Contract Awards, Highlights Replicator

Inside Defense

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante on Sept. 12 repeated his mantra of "production, production, production," asserting that such an approach should be baked into the weapons design process and prized when it is time to award final contracts. LaPlante, speaking at an annual Air and Space Forces Association conference, said it is good that the Pentagon has its largest research and development budget ever, but stressed that bending metal remains the true measure of success.

Sweden Considering Donating JAS 39 Gripens To Ukraine: Report

The War Zone

The Swedish government is reportedly considering donating a number of JAS 39 Gripen fighters to Ukraine as that country continues to defend itself against Russia’s all-out invasion. This follows news earlier in the summer that the Swedish authorities had agreed to provide Ukrainian fighter pilots and ground personnel with training on the type, reflecting Sweden’s interest in selling or otherwise donating the jets and also Kyiv’s possible interest in acquiring them.

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The CIA Knows a Lot About Other Nations’ Space Programs. You Can Too with Its New 'World Factbook' Update

The CIA wants to share what it knows about world space programs. Some of what it knows, anyway. The United States Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA, has released a new entry in its World Factbook that catalogues the programs and milestones of NASA, as well as other space agencies around the world. Over 90 countries and the European Union are represented in the new Space Programs section of the agency's factbook, spanning from Algeria to Zimbabwe.