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Meet the Air Force Squadron Preparing PJs for Near-Peer Conflict

In a recent exercise off the coast of San Diego, Calif., Air Force Pararescuemen (PJs) practiced caring for injured patients amid missile strikes, maritime contested airspace, limited supplies, and other challenges meant to simulate what they may face in a war against a near-peer adversary like China in the Pacific.
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Air Force Plans RFP for New Tanker in Fiscal 2025, But Is Still Building Its Acquisition Strategy

The Air Force aims to release a request for proposals for the KC-135 Recapitalization Program—formerly called the “bridge tanker”—in fiscal 2025 but has yet to set an acquisition strategy for the aircraft, waiting for more industry input, a service spokesperson said. The service isn’t saying whether it will hold a competition, after Lockheed Martin withdrew its LMXT from consideration.

Small Base, Big Impact

How a small Air National Guard base in Arizona became the go-to hub for dozens of nations to train their F-16 pilots is one of the military’s least-told stories.

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Senate to Vote on Top Air Force, Navy, USMC Leaders in Coming Days

Defense News

Senate lawmakers in the next few days will move ahead with confirmation votes on key leadership spots for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and Democratic leaders are eyeing ways soon after to force through hundreds of other senior officer promotions which have been held up for months.

Meet One of the Few Airmen to Ever Hit 10,000 Flying Hours

Air Force Times

Lt. Col. Bob “Legend” Volpe occupies rarified air. On Oct. 25, Volpe, an Air Force Reserve instructor pilot at the 5th Flying Training Squadron at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., reached a milestone the service says is very uncommon: 10,000 hours in the cockpit. That’s more than double the hours logged by many four-star generals and higher than the past two Air Force chiefs of staff combined.

China Keeps Up Military Pressure on Taiwan, Sending 43 Planes and 7 Ships Near Self-Governing Island

The Associated Press

Taiwan said Oct. 31 that China sent 43 military aircraft and seven ships near the self-ruled island, the latest sign that Beijing plans no let-up in its campaign of harassment, threats and intimidation. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the figure was current for the 24 hours up to 6:00 a.m. Oct. 31 and that 37 of the aircraft had crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait, which China no longer recognizes as an informal divider between the sides.

Air Force Emphasizes Wellness and Stress Management to Create More Resilient Warriors

Texas Public Radio

When Air Force trainees step off the bus for basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, they undergo a rigorous introduction to military life, where they learn about principles like discipline, physical fitness and teamwork. It’s a stressful transition by design. Trainees lose access to their cell phones and social networks, receive uniforms and basic supplies, and move into dorms with little privacy. But the Air Force also wants to make sure they have the tools to cope.

Retired Space Force Lt. Gen. Armagno Joins Rocket Lab’s Board of Directors


Rocket Lab, a launch services company and space hardware manufacturer, announced Nov. 1 that retired U.S. Space Force Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno has joined the company’s board of directors. Armagno retired from active duty in July 2023. Her most recent assignment was director of staff in the Office of the Chief of Space Operations at the Pentagon. She was the first female U.S. Air Force general officer to transfer to the U.S. Space Force in August 2020.

What the Pentagon Has, Hasn’t, and Could Do to Stop Veterans and Troops from Joining Extremist Groups

For years, military officials had been dismissing calls for greater action against efforts by groups to radicalize either those in uniform or who had recently jettisoned their camis despite examples like the Klu Klux Klan operating, sometimes openly, on military bases. A constant drumbeat of arrests of individuals harboring extremist ideals has lingered for years, with many experts pointing to Army veteran Timothy McVeigh who killed 168 people in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the forefather of a troubling community. Experts worry that the current environment of political violence is increasing the risk.

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Lockheed Touts Successful 5G Demo with Commercial Tech Companies

Inside Defense

Lockheed Martin on Nov. 1 announced the completion of a successful demonstration of its Hybrid 5G-Tactical Mesh Network, noting new collaboration with leading commercial technology companies like Microsoft, Verizon and Intel, partnerships Lockheed's CEO recently told House lawmakers will be vital for the future of the defense industry.

Senior Pentagon Official Calls on DOD Components to More Fully Embrace Irregular, Asymmetric Warfare


Special operations forces have long held the primary responsibility for irregular warfare within the U.S. military, but other Department of Defense components should now take on a larger role, according to a senior official. “I actually push back on the notion that that [U.S. Special Operations Command] should be the lead for irregular warfare. I think we need the rest of the department to embrace it as well,” Chris Maier, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, said at the NDAI SO/LIC Symposium on Oct. 30.

8th Fighter Wing Commander Is Stepping Down after 5 Months in South Korea

Stars and Stripes

The head of the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base will relinquish command due to personal reasons after less than half a year on the job. Col. Timothy Murphy will retire “earlier than planned” on Feb. 1 “solely due to family reasons,” said a news release from 7th Air Force at Osan Air Base, roughly 75 miles north of Kunsan.

A-10 vs. F-35 Close Air Support Flyoff Report Finally Emerges

The War Zone

A report on the controversial close air support-focused flyoff between the A-10C Warthog and F-35A Joint Strike Fighter that took place between 2018 and 2019 has finally emerged. The declassified review, which was only completed last year and has been essentially buried until now, is heavily redacted and raises more questions than it provides answers in many areas. However, it does still offer valuable details that have not previously been made public even as the U.S. Air Force looks to retire the last of the Warthogs no later than the end of the decade.

Getting to MARS: Defense Intelligence Agency AI-Assisted Database to Begin Ops in Spring

Breaking Defense

The Defense Intelligence Agency’s ambitious effort to develop a massive, cloud-based database to ingest all-source intelligence—as well as bots to analyze and make sense of that data—is expected to come online as of this coming spring, according to the agency’s director. The Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System (MARS) will reach initial operational capability in the spring of 2024, and will hit full operational capability in 2025, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier told the Center for Strategic and International Security (CSIS) on Nov. 1.

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Watch an Air Force Recruiter Bench Press 285 Pounds 15 times—in His Blues

Task & Purpose

When Air Force recruiter Greg Butler arrived at a recent event in Springfield, Mo., he found that the space reserved for his recruiting booth was right next to a display from a local gym. And it had an open challenge: how many times can you bench press your own weight? “Even though I was in my blues I had to try it,” Butler told Task & Purpose.