US, Allies Warn Houthis of ‘Consequences’ if Ship Attacks Continue

The U.S. and its allies issued a firm warning to Houthi rebels in Yemen on Jan. 3, telling the group to stop attacks on shipping in the Red Sea or face “consequences.” The Iran-backed Houthis have carried out 24 attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea since Nov. 19 as of Dec. 2, according to U.S. Central Command. The U.S. wanted to "very clearly send a warning to the Houthis," a senior administration official told reporters Jan. 3.

USAF Proposes Upgrades on Guam to Host Dozen Singaporean F-15s for Training

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is preparing for potential infrastructure upgrades to host up 12 Singaporean F-15 fighters, following a 2019 agreement between the two nations. The proposal, as detailed in a December release, would see around 209 acres of Guam reshaped over the next three to seven years into developed sites or maintaining greenery post-construction. The upgraded site aims to provide training facilities for the Republic of Singapore’s F-15SG, Boeing’s advanced version of the F-15E Strike Eagle.

Radar Sweep

New System to Improve Shipments of Troops’ Household Goods Delayed

Military Times

The vast majority of service members making a permanent change of station in 2024 will not be moving under the parameters of a new $6.2 billion contract that aims to improve the shipment of troops’ household goods. Instead, military personnel will be moving under the current system, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials.

AFA’s Wright to Retire in 2024; Board Launches Search for Successor 


Lt. Gen. Bruce “Orville” Wright, USAF (Ret.), will retire as President & CEO of the Air & Space Forces Association in 2024, after five years as the Association’s president. AFA’s Board of Directors has formed a search committee to identify a successor. ... “Orville Wright will leave big shoes to fill,” said AFA Board Chair Bernie Skoch. “His energy, drive, and outreach are exemplary and were key elements in AFA’s successes over these past five years. We have an outstanding and experienced search committee hard at work on the task of identifying candidates to become AFA’s next President & CEO, and I am confident that we will find exactly the right person for the next stage in AFA’s evolution.”

Flight Recorder Found as Pentagon Investigates Deadly Osprey Crash

Defense One

Crews have found the black box from the U.S. Air Force CV-22 that crashed off the shore of Yakushima, Japan, and killed eight Airmen on board, an official said. The Pentagon grounded its entire fleet of Ospreys a week after the Nov. 29 crash. The fleet remains grounded and the body of the eighth Airman on board has yet to be found, according to Air Force Special Operations Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Rebecca Heyse.

Aurora Flight Sciences Begins Manufacturing X-65 Drone for DARPA


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has given Aurora Flight Sciences the green light to build a full-scale model of the X-65—an experimental unmanned aircraft designed to be able to fly without flaps, rudders or other exterior-moving parts.

Airmen at Grand Forks Air Force Base Displaced After Water Outage, Flooding in Dorms

A water main break in a dormitory at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota has pushed dozens of Airmen off base and into hotels—leaving some to pay the cost up-front. On Jan. 2, a “water main failure flooded the first floor of Eielson Hall” causing damage to Airmen’s personal belongings and stopping all water usage. Another dormitory, Kollinger Hall, also had water shut off due to the incident.

Bombardier Awarded Army Prototyping Contract for HADES Spy Plane

Breaking Defense

The U.S. Army announced Jan. 3 it has awarded Bombardier Defense with a contract for what will be among the service’s first business jets-turned-spy aircraft prototypes. The contract, awarded Dec. 12, is for one Global 6500 jet with options to buy two others to be used for the Army’s HADES, or High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System, project designed to replace the RC-12 Guardrail.

VIDEO: Surge in Drone Warfare Leads Pentagon to Open School for US Troops

The Wall Street Journal

Small inexpensive “off the shelf” drones like those Ukraine is using against Russia, and Hamas is deploying against Israel, are transforming modern warfare. To train American soldiers to counter this threat, the U.S. military recently opened a specialized drone warfare school.

One More Thing

What Is the Oldest Military Equipment Still in Use Today?

Task & Purpose

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The U.S. military occasionally takes that idea to an extreme, using some equipment every day that has been around for decades. Task & Purpose asked the services to name some of the oldest pieces of equipment they still use to this day.