CSO: Why the Space Force Won’t Be Introducing Warrant Officers

The Space Force has no plans to follow the Air Force in introducing a warrant officer corps to its ranks, Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman said Feb. 13. In a media roundtable, Saltzman said factors unique to the Space Force among the military branches made the warrant officer idea a non-starter for now.
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‘Hours Rather Than Days’: USSF Wants to Go Even Faster with Responsive Space

Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman has rarely missed a chance in recent months to highlight the Space Force’s “Victus Nox” mission that procured and launched a satellite in record-breaking time. And during his “State of the Space Force” keynote address at the AFA Warfare Symposium, he did so again, noting with pride that the satellite went from a warehouse to in orbit in just five days in September 2023. Later, though, Saltzman told reporters he wants to go even faster for the next mission, dubbed “Victus Haze” and planned for 2025.

Space Force’s Japan Component Expected to Activate in 2024

Top military space officials from Japan and the U.S. said at the AFA Warfare Symposium that they anticipate the U.S. Space Force will stand up its new component in Japan before the end of 2024. “I think we have everything in place,” U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific commander Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Mastalir said during a media roundtable. “It's going through the staffing process right now. I want to have that component activated this year.”

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Released from Hospital


Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Feb. 13, ending a brief admission that began on Feb. 11. Austin is “well and resumed his full functions and duties Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.,” a statement from the Pentagon read. Austin was admitted to Walter Reed on Feb. 11, due to “a bladder issue related to his December 2023 prostate cancer surgery.” Doctors said Austin’s bladder issues weren’t related to his cancer diagnosis and won’t affect his prognosis.

Space Force Continues to Tweak Plan to Partner with Commercial Industry


The chief of the U.S. Space Force said Feb. 13 the service’s long-awaited plan for partnering with private space companies is in its final stages, and currently is being coordinated with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The commercial strategy has been highly anticipated by companies across the space industry that seek more clarity around how they can compete for future contracts as the Space Force takes shape.

COMMENTARY: The Department of the Air Force Optimizes for Great Power Competition


“Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, along with the Chiefs of the Air Force and Space Force unveiled their designs for optimizing the Department of the Air Force on Feb. 12, 2024 at the Air and Space Forces Association’s annual warfighting symposium. Their visions and rationale for them deserve acclaim as do the pragmatic plans for implementing their changes. Rarely in any large organization—much less one of the nation’s military departments—are reforms instituted of the magnitude and as important as the ones revealed,” writes retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Joint Chiefs Head Says US ‘Credibility Is at Stake’ Following Trump’s NATO Remarks

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The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., said Feb. 12 that U.S. “credibility is at stake” with each of its alliances, including NATO, which former President Donald Trump disparaged in recent remarks. In an interview with NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt at the Pentagon, Brown was asked what he thinks about Trump’s suggesting that he would allow Russia to have its way with NATO members if they don’t contribute enough to the alliance.

'Unexpected’ Engineering Slows Price Negotiations on USAF Radar Plane

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An “unexpected” amount of engineering has the Air Force struggling to reach agreement with Boeing on a price tag for the E-7 Wedgetail radar plane, service officials said. “We’re having a hard time with that one getting a price agreement with Boeing. We're still in negotiations with them and that's not been finalized yet,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told reporters Feb. 13 at the Air & Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium.

‘Weapons Hot’: Lessons and Mistakes on a B-52 Bomber Training Flight

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Stratofortress pilots control six-decade-old hardware with a 185-foot wingspan—and the lives of the four or five Airmen onboard. But the moment the Vietnam War-era bomber’s wheels leave the ground, anything can happen—and some of the most important lessons cover more than routine flight procedures.

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The Military Working Dog Handler Course: Everything You Need to Know

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So you want to be a dog handler in the military—awesome!—but you have no idea where to start or what that journey looks like? No worries, we got you. The Military Working Dog Handler course is where all U.S. military canine handlers receive their training, and the 341st Training Squadron is responsible for training both handlers and dogs for all of the different branches of the military.