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Ukrainian Pilots Start Training on the F-16 in Arizona

The U.S. has begun training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16s, the U.S. Air Force announced Oct. 25. A small number of Ukrainian pilots began training with the 162nd Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard earlier this week in “F-16 fundamentals,” according to a service spokesperson. “The training curriculum will align with the foundational knowledge and skills of each pilot and is expected to last several months,” a U.S. Air Force spokesperson said in a statement provided to Air & Space Forces Magazine.

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Biden Warns of Response If Iran Attacks US Troops


President Joe Biden warned Iran’s supreme leader on Oct. 25 that the U.S. would respond if Iran or its allied proxies attacked U.S. service members stationed in the Middle East. Speaking at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the White House, Biden said: “My warning to the Ayatollah was that if they continue to move against those troops, we will respond. And he should be prepared.”

US Wants to Build More Arms with Pacific Allies

Defense One

The United States will work with Japan to develop a new interceptor to hit hypersonic missiles. And it will work with Australia to produce Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets, or GMLRS. It’s all part of a new strategy to bring partners into the process of manufacturing key weapons to ensure a steady supply of arms in the event of a major conflict, and to deter China from military action, Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante said Oct. 25.

1s and Many 0s: RTX to Sell Cybersecurity Unit for $1.3 Billion

Breaking Defense

Defense firm RTX has decided to sell off its cybersecurity and intelligence unit for more than a billion dollars to a mystery buyer, the latest reorganization for the company formerly known as Raytheon. Along with its third quarter 2023 earnings, on Oct. 24 on RTX said it “has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Cybersecurity, Intelligence and Services business within its Raytheon segment,” adding that the sale price is “approximately $1.3 billion” and subject to regulatory approvals.

Space Force Planning $8 Billion Satellite Architecture for Nuclear Command and Control


The Space Force is gearing up for a major procurement of strategic communications satellites that provide nuclear-survivable communications for the U.S. military and national command authorities. The Space Systems Command expects to issue a request for proposals in early 2024 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications System (ESS) constellation, a program estimated to be worth $8 billion.

Give Guardsmen and Reservists the Same Parental Leave as Active-Duty Troops, Lawmakers Tell Defense Bill Negotiators

A push to give National Guardsmen and reservists the same parental leave benefits as their active-duty counterparts is brewing as lawmakers negotiate a compromise defense policy bill. Four lawmakers from both parties and chambers of Congress sent a letter this week to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them not to drop a proposal for expanded parental leave for reserve components from the negotiated version of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

Atlas, Other ‘Troubled’ Space Force Programs to Miss 2023 Deliveries


The Space Force will not meet its target to deliver three long-delayed programs by the end of this year, despite a push from the service’s top acquisition official. The projects include the Next Generation Operational Control Segment, or OCX, an in-demand ground system designed to operate modern GPS satellites; the Advanced Tracking and Launch Analysis System, dubbed ATLAS, a key space command-and-control system; and the Military GPS User Equipment program, MGUE, which is developing cards that enable anti-jam capabilities for GPS receivers.

US, Australia Eyeing Deeper Drone Technology Cooperation with Japan


Senior officials from the United States and Australia are poised to explore new opportunities for trilateral cooperation with Japan explicitly focused on making and deploying drones for military operations, according to an announcement the White House published Oct. 25 ahead of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s official visit and state dinner in Washington.

US Air Force Activates Units Dedicated to Electronic Warfare

Air Force Times

The U.S. Air Force has activated two detachments at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia dedicated to electronic warfare and its future applications. The green light, given Oct. 25 at a ceremony inside an aviation museum, marks a step toward the realization of the 950th Spectrum Warfare Group, tasked with assessing the effectiveness of electronic warfare across dozens of aircraft while improving jamming and spoofing capabilities in large military exercises.

US Space Force’s 1st Official Painting Shows Military Space Plane Intercepting Adversary Satellite

The United States Space Force has unveiled an official painting depicting a space plane intercepting an adversary satellite, perhaps illustrating a hint of what we can expect if orbital warfare is in our future. Space Operations Command (SpOC), which provides orbital warfare and intelligence capabilities to the U.S. Space Force, unveiled the painting during a ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado on Oct. 20. The artwork, titled "High Ground Intercept," was commissioned with artist Rick Herter and is SpOC's first official painting.