Study Shows Higher Rates of Some Cancers in ICBM Personnel

The Air Force found increased rates of breast and prostate cancers in service members who worked on nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles compared to the general population, according to a preliminary study of data publicly released on March 13. “What we don’t know is whether these rates specifically for breast and prostate are due to increased screening or access to care or whether these are due to unique military exposures,” Col. Tory Woodard, the head of U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, said.

Air Force Delays T-7 IOC Another Year, Slashes 2025 Production

The Air Force is poised to start buying production T-7A trainer jets in fiscal 2025, but at half the rate previously planned. Budget documents also revealed that the service is pushing back planned Initial Operational Capability (IOC) from 2027 to the second quarter of fiscal year 2028. IOC is generally when end users can start operating and maintaining new equipment. 

KC-46’s New Remote Vision System Likely Delayed Until 2026

The KC-46's improved Remote Vision System, dubbed RVS 2.0, is “likely” to be delayed into 2026, the Air Force’s top acquisition executive said March 12. Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics Andrew P. Hunter also said the service is poised for progress on two other refueling tanker projects: the KC-135 replacement, previously called the bridge tanker or “KC-Y,” and the Next-Generation Aerial refueling System, or NGAS.

Air Force Programs Boss: No Need to Decide on More than 100 B-21s for at Least a Decade

While former generals, airpower experts, and even the head of U.S. Strategic Command have all endorsed the idea of the service buying more than 100 B-21 bombers, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and programs suggested a formal decision on that front isn't coming anytime soon.“ The decision point, with lead time accounted for, to go past 100 is not until the mid to late ’30s,” Lt. Gen. Richard G. Moore Jr. told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee on March 12.

Radar Sweep

To Build More Missiles, the U.S. Looks to an Ally 10,000 Miles Away

The Wall Street Journal

At an Australian military base on the outskirts of Sydney, an unassuming shed-like structure known as Building 215 is set to play an important role in Washington’s strategy for confronting rivals such as China and Russia. Inside, officials plan to establish the first factory outside the U.S. to help make a type of missile that’s been pivotal in the Ukraine war: Lockheed Martin’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, or GMLRS. The U.S. has already sent Ukraine thousands of these missiles, which are fired out of vehicles known as Himars.

Vets, Cops Should Teach Firearm Storage Safety to Troops, Study Finds

Military Times

A key element in preventing suicide among troops and veterans could be the background of the people who deliver the message, according to a recent study on the effectiveness of safe firearm storage training. The people best situated to teach firearms safety to troops are law enforcement officers, as well as other service members or veterans, according to a study by Rutgers University researchers published earlier this month.

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BlackSky Awarded $23.7 Million for Air Force's Fourth Operational Imperative Effort

Inside Defense

The Air Force awarded BlackSky Geospatial Solutions up to $23.7 million for work on Global Moving Target Engagement—one of service Secretary Frank Kendall's seven Operational Imperatives—according to a Defense Department notice. BlackSky, a space-based intelligence firm that provides on-demand imagery, analytics and monitoring, will perform research and development around Ground Moving Target Engagement, with work expected to be complete by June 15, 2028. The service awarded BlackSky $3.5 million at the time the contract was signed.

Today’s Battles Happen at the Pace of Software. The Pentagon Needs to Hit the Accelerator

Defense One

The right software can dictate a battle’s outcome, and the Pentagon’s not changing fast enough to keep up, a panel of experts told lawmakers March 13. “Can commanders access data to control highly distributed forces? Can we invent new ways of fighting that put the [People’s Republic of China] on the backfoot and dissuade aggression? These are the issues that the Department of Defense must tackle if it wants to compete. And now every one of these issues now depends on software,” Daniel Patt, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, IT, and Innovation.

The Big AI Research DARPA Is Funding This Year

Defense One

In its most recent budget request, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is asking for increased spending for a handful of key AI projects focused on human-machine teams, AI reasoning, and highly autonomous AIs that follow the Defense Department’s AI ethics principles.

Pentagon May Build a Second Track for Hypersonic Ground Testing

Defense News

The Pentagon is exploring options to build a second track to test hypersonic systems that can travel at speeds above Mach 5. George Rumford, director of the Test Resource Management Center, told lawmakers this week the effort is in the study phase, but he expects adding another test track to the Defense Department’s inventory could offer a significant boost to hypersonic development efforts.

New Images of China’s J-35 Naval Stealth Fighter Could Depict Third Example

The War Zone

Recent imagery show what could be the third flying prototype of China's carrier-based Shenyang J-35 stealth fighter. The new visuals, which depict the aircraft from its underside, come after growing indications that the J-35 might eventually operate from China's two in-service carriers, Type 001 Liaoning and Type 002 Shandong, as well as future carriers fitted with catapults and arrestor gear, including the soon to set sail Type 003 Fujian.

Space Force Selects Startup Defense Unicorns to Update Software at Launch Ranges


A startup named Defense Unicorns has won a $15 million contract to update IT systems and software applications used to support rocket launches at U.S. Space Force ranges. The company, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., won a so-called Strategic Funding Increase, or STRATFI, agreement from SpaceWERX, the technology arm of the Space Force.