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ICYMI in NGAD news: “We have now started an [engineering, manufacturing and development] program to do the development aircraft that we’ll take into production,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during a @Heritage event.… (by @ValerieInsinna)
From night vision to ground vehicles, Israeli firm Elbit eyes US expansion
Earlier today, Lockheed CEO Jim Taiclet told investors that he'd support the company funding a new windtunnel for hypersonic testing, but the DoD won't make a 5-10 year revenue commitment that would allow Lockheed to get financing from Wall Street.…
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Lockheed’s CEO wants to fund a hypersonic wind tunnel, but says DoD isn’t buying in
New ‘strategic space review’ to shape Space Force offensive-defensive weapons mix
"[I] don't want to oversell it. We got way more work to do than what wins we made, but those were very encouraging signs," said Maj. Gen. Walter Rugen, director of the Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team. #AllDomain [Published 5/25]
Congress is right: Accelerate the E-7 Wedgetail buy
The Air Force’s sixth generation fighter has officially entered development, the Air Force’s top official confirmed Wednesday.… (by @ValerieInsinna)
Lt. Gen. Bill Liquori, USSF head of strategy&plans, says at behest of NSC in middle of a“Space Strategic Review” with IC, that will address both offensive/defensive needs and classification questions — due in late June/early July to WH @MitchellStudies @BreakingDefense
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“We are... looking every single day in real-time at what’s happening in Ukraine, what we’re seeing with the Russian military and trying to glean as many lessons learned as we can for what we think that means for the Army in the future.”… @BreakingDefense
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The Space Force’s Integrated Process Team has a draft ISR “needs” memo looking across DoD, IC for “integrating” all space-based requirements for ISR, says head Lt. Gen. Liquori. Expects to go to JROC in a few months. @MitchellStudies
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Saab’s anti-tank systems could find new life thanks to Ukraine conflict, updated capabilities
NEW: The Air Force's sixth generation fighter is officially in development, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said. That could mean that the service has already picked a single prime contractor--a huge deal for Boeing, Lockheed or Northrop.…
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The Air Force’s secret next-gen fighter has reached development phase
“But it is a grinding fight. And we believe that these additional capabilities will arrive in a timeframe that’s relevant and allow the Ukrainians to very precisely target the types of things they need for the current fight.”… (by @ValerieInsinna)
US to provide 4 HIMARS systems to Ukraine in latest $700M arms package
Fear grows that US military satellite communications are falling behind: Study
@DOD_Policy Kahl: the Biden administration has provided $5.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including a total of $4.6 billion that was given after the Russian invasion started.
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ICYMI: Though even global rivals had substantive discussions this time, "I imagine that it will start to get spicier," an allied expert said of the next meeting of the UN group that will focus on threatening behavior by military space operators.…
NEW: Bill Greenwalt calls on Congress to step in to re-invigorate the National Technology Industrial Base before outdated export controls smother innovation. Read his piece in @BreakingDefense…
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US prepares for RIMPAC exercise against backdrop of Russian, Chinese tensions
Germany is aiming to replace its aging fleet of Sikorsky CH-53Gs through the new helicopter program, known as -- ahem -- Schwerer Transporthubschrauber in Germany.…
Germany chooses Chinook for future heavy lift competition
The NTIB is dying: Is AUKUS next? Congress must apply life support soon.
The US arm of Finnish startup ICEYE intends to orbit a constellation of SAR satellites separate from the parent company’s other satellites — a plan initiated to assuage national security concerns voiced by DoD and IC about relying on foreign providers...…
“We are very much looking every single day in real-time at what’s happening in Ukraine, what we’re seeing with the Russian military and trying to glean as many lessons learned as we can for what we think that means for the Army in the future."…
New Aussie defense chief’s first priority: Closing 20-year sub ‘gap’
From drones to cell phones, the US Army is watching Russia's stumbles closely, so it doesn't repeat them in a future conflict.… (by @andreweversden1) #Russia #Ukraine
“Future refueling operations with the LMXT boom offer a number of possibilities and that future is not far off,” said Ken Moss, a retired U.S. Air Force tanker pilot and @LockheedMartin’s LMXT campaign manager.… #sponsored
US Army secretary: 5 lessons from the Ukraine conflict
"We will continue providing Ukraine with advanced weaponry, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger antiaircraft missiles, powerful artillery and precision rocket systems, radars, unmanned aerial vehicles, Mi-17 helicopters and ammunition."
Pres. Biden in @nytimes opinion: "[...] That’s why I’ve decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine."… #Ukraine #Russia
In Opinion "America’s goal is straightforward," President Biden writes in a guest essay. "We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression."
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NEW: Iraq's government says it has signed deals with the US and France for new advanced artillery. But experts warn that Baghdad likely can't afford - either monetarily or politically - to buy the systems. From @agneshelou27…
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To appease DoD and IC, ICEYE boosts ‘parallel’ US-only radar-sat constellation
GDIT’s new task order to support Marines in contested battlefield networks
#Iraq signed contracts for artillery with #France and the #US and #rafale fighter jets. But can it afford them? All about Iraq #airdefense plans and needs, training with the #nato and #uav threats in my article for @BreakingDefense…
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Under the $324.5 million contract, the team will develop the "ground Operations and Integration (O&I) segment for Tranche 1 of the National Defense Space Architecture." #AllDomain [Published 5/27]
ICYMI: With a wary eye on Russia, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that so far it's mostly quiet on the eastern front.… (by @andreweversden1)
OP ED: "Expanding the use of wearable technology in the DoD could have positive implications for both military capability and general health research," write Gabe Arrington and Christopher Mulder.…
Iraq says its spending big on artillery and jets. Can it afford them?
A little bit of good news from me @BreakingDefense out of the UN talks on milspace norms -- remember that successful diplomacy often can feel like watching paint dry.…
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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense are currently developing concepts for the program. #AllDomain [Published 5/23]
Time to start operationalizing wearable technology in the DoD
ICYMI: For it's Liberty Lifter project, the research agency is betting on a concept called the "wing-in-ground effect," an aerodynamic principle that's well-known but proven difficult to master, a DARPA official told Breaking Defense.… (by @JustinSKatz)
UN talks on space norms surprisingly collegial, but fireworks to come: Sources
President Joe Biden’s nominee for Supreme Allied Commander Europe said today NATO members will need to increasingly share the burden of supplying military capabilities to defend the continent as the US shifts its defense resources toward the Indo-Pacific.…
“It’s imperative as we look at the emergence of the threat of China, for us to find ways to be able to handle the acute threat of Russia in a collective fashion with the alliance,” Gen. Christopher Cavoli said.… (by @andreweversden1)
"What you’re going to see is a greater level of detail and maturity for not just leveraging commercial cloud computing, but really how that starts to extend into our on-premise locations, how this starts to extend into our tactical locations."…
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