NATO must think creatively about how it’s going to develop the tools necessary to counter numerous challenges and threats, the head of the Alliance’s transformation command said Wednesday during the annual NATO Transformation Seminar in Washington, D.C. Outgoing ACT boss, French Air Force Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, said NATO must expand initiatives first laid out in its strategic plan announced in 2010 and adapt them to a post-Crimea security landscape. NATO is now facing a “hardened security environment,” both in Europe and beyond, said Palomeros. In addition, the “Russian model” of hybrid warfare in eastern Ukraine has shown how state and non-state actors can use innovation, destruction, and “higher ambiguity” to achieve their goals. The Alliance, as a result, is facing a need to improve its “strategic awareness” broadly, and improve tools and techniques for information sharing, joint intelligence gathering, and real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, he noted, especially as potential opponents develop new technology and anti-access, area-denial tools and weapons. In any context, from crisis response to common defense, NATO must be able to regain the “battle of the narrative,” which relies on effective awareness and communication.
The Senate confirmed over 400 senior military promotions Dec. 5, after Sen. Tommy Tuberville mostly lifted his monthslong hold on military nominations. Specifically, Tuberville lifted his hold on all nominations below four-star generals and admirals. Out of 455 pending general and flag officer nominations, affecting 451 people, the Senate confirmed…
Three types of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft participated in air-to-air refueling with a commercial tanker for the first time last month, coinciding with a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore that concluded Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 2023
The eight Airmen aboard the CV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan were declared dead as the operation transitioned to search and recovery Dec. 5.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.
The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Air Refueling Group recently put together what may be a first of its kind in the Air Force: a training program that teaches KC-135 tanker crews how to perform specialized fueling operations (SFO): ground-based procedures that could help gas up military aircraft in a…
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.
Dec. 4, 2023
After a nearly weeklong search, U.S. and Japanese search teams located most of the wreckage of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and the remains of most of its crew members.
The U.S. conducted a drone strike in Iraq on Dec. 3, as the American troops there continue to be targeted by Iranian-backed militants. The strike took place near Kirkuk as the militants were preparing to attack U.S. troops in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine.…