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Report: F-35 Struggled With Reliability, Maintainability, Availability in 2023

The U.S. F-35 fleet, despite being considered a largely “mature” system, is still struggling to meet reliability, maintainability, and availability requirements, the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s annual 2023 report said. Improving processes for stealth repairs, improving maintenance processes and making more spare parts available should help, the report said.

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Zelensky Removes His Top General, in Major Shake-Up of Ukraine Military

The New York Times

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Feb. 8 removed his top general as part of a sweeping overhaul of his military command, the most significant shake-up in Ukrainian leadership since Russia invaded almost two years ago. The dismissal ended weeks of speculation about the fate of the commander, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, whose relationship with Mr. Zelensky had deteriorated as Ukraine failed to make a breakthrough in its counteroffensive last summer and fall.

Air Force Chooses 17 for $499M Anti-Tampering Tech Contract

Washington Technology

The Air Force has awarded 17 companies positions on a potential six-year, $499 million contract vehicle to develop products that work to prevent military program information and technologies from adversarial tampering efforts. Anti-tampering also refers to the deterrence, prevention, delay, or response to reverse engineering attempts that may lead to an unintended technology transfer or alteration of a military system.

Houthis, Russians Wield Same Iranian-Supplied Drones, DIA Studies Show

Defense News

Houthi rebels based in Yemen are equipped with the same Iranian-sourced attack drones as Russian troops invading Ukraine, according to reports from a U.S. intelligence agency. Both forces have used unmanned aerial vehicles to attack from afar and modernize their arsenals. Since October, the U.S. Navy has shot down dozens of one-way drones bound for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, while the Ukrainian military many miles away contends with what has been described as a drone war in Eastern Europe.

Army Plans to Cancel FARA Helicopter Program in Aviation Portfolio Overhaul


The Army has decided to cancel its multibillion-dollar Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program at the end of fiscal 2024, the service announced Feb. 8. The shift is part of a larger reorganization of the Army’s aviation programs that looks to free up resources for other investments in aviation technology—including new unmanned platforms.

SPONSORED: Boeing on Space, the Newest Warfighting Domain


Kay Sears, Boeing’s Vice President of Space, Intelligence & Weapon Systems, sat down with Air & Space Forces Magazine for a discussion on how Boeing approaches space as a warfighting domain, and how it supports the U.S. Space Force’s mission to protect and defend our nation’s interests in space.

Space Force’s ‘Victus Haze’ Demo to Focus on Rapid Threat Response

Defense News

Last September, the Space Force conducted a record-breaking demonstration showcasing its ability to buy, build, launch, and operate a satellite on rapid timelines. ... For its next demonstration, dubbed Victus Haze, the Space Force wants to achieve similar satellite delivery and launch timelines, but with a twist. This time, the spacecraft will be required to showcase the ability to maneuver from a real-time threat.

Aussies Add $400M AUD for Boeing’s Ghost Bat Loyal Wingman, to Unveil an Armed UAV This Year

Breaking Defense

Australia has pledged to invest another $400 million AUD ($260 million USD) into the indigenous Ghost Bat autonomous drone program, a top defense official announced Feb. 8, while also disclosing for the first time that Canberra plans to unveil its first armed unmanned autonomous vehicle later this year. “I won’t go into details of the nature of that drone for security reasons,” Pat Conroy told reporters in the Australian capital.

US May Cut Info-Warfare Assets as China, Russia Expand Influence Ops

Defense One

U.S. Army information-warfare capabilities are on the chopping block as the Pentagon looks to trim special operations forces, even as China and Russia expand their own influence efforts, according to multiple individuals with direct knowledge of the Army’s future plans who spoke to Defense One.

All 5 Marines Aboard Downed Helicopter in California Were Killed in Crash, Service Says


The Marine Corps said Thursday that all five Marines aboard a helicopter that went missing in Southern California this week were killed in a crash. The service did not release the names of the troops pending notification of their next of kin. The Marines were flying in a CH-53E Super Stallion from Nevada to a Marine Corps air station near San Diego when the helicopter crashed over a mountainous area east of the city during inclement weather.

National Guard, Air Force Working to Resolve Impasse over Space Units


The chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, is in discussions with Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall to examine potential options concerning the future of approximately 1,000 members of the Air National Guard who support Space Force operations in seven states. Hokanson told reporters Feb. 8 that these options will inform the next round of congressional debate over whether the Space Force should have its own force of part-time troops to back up the new service, akin to the structure of the Air and Army National Guard.

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Updated Counter UAS Strategy Will Include Homeland Security Annex

Inside Defense

The Pentagon's Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO) will include a "homeland security annex" in the next update to its CUAS strategy, according to an official from the office. The JCO, stood up in 2020, released a DOD strategy in 2021 that focused on countering small UAS threats in the United States, host nations and contingency locations.

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What Is the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency?

Task & Purpose

The U.S. military has defended our country for over 200 years, often at the expense of service members’ blood and tears. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice, while others became prisoners of war or went missing in action—their families left wondering what happened to their loved ones. As a free nation, America’s duty is to never forget her missing warriors and to promise to never stop looking for them until everyone is found and returned home. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is the agency responsible for upholding that promise and performing that sacred duty.