The military must change the culture so that every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, and civilian recognizes that “they’re under attack all the time,” Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of US Strategic Command, told defense reporters Thursday in Washington, D.C. While cyber command is still building its workforce, it also is important for people to recognize that “everyone is a cyber warrior,” Haney said. He also spoke of the importance of a long-range cruise missile, noting that the current Air-Launched Cruise Missile will be “decades past its expected lifetime” when a long-range strategic option comes aboard. “We must have a multi-pronged approach,” so that any adversary knows that escalating a conflict would be very costly, Haney said. A nuclear triad approach is important now and will continue to be in the future, he said, particularly in light of modernization and developments in countries like Russia and China. “We need this capability,” Haney said. (See also Lot 13 JASSM Contract Awarded and Lockheed Expands Facility for JASSM, Other Cruise Missiles.)
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.