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Target, Kaliningrad: EUCOM Puts Putin On Notice

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The threat of long-range missile launchers in the Russian enclave is driving the Air Force to develop new tactics for multi-domain attack and dispersed defense.

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Air Combat Commander Doesn’t Trust Project Maven’s Artificial Intelligence — Yet

Posted by Colin Clark on


Before the Air Force will trust AI to pick out targets, Gen. Holmes said, it has to get smarter than a human three-year-old.

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Download, Disconnect, Fire! Why Grunts Need JEDI Cloud

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Future soldiers will need to download huge amounts of intelligence data — then disconnect and go dark, like a submarine diving underwater to hunt its prey.

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Roper Calls For New Air Force Planes Every Five Years; Recalls X Plane Days

Posted by Colin Clark on


PARIS AIR SHOW: During an unusual public appearance in the US Chalet, Will Roper called for a large expansion in the number of companies doing business with the Air Force so more new planes can be built — and be built much more quickly as was done in the 1950s and ’60s when a new… Keep reading →

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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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Air Force Unveils S & T Strategy to Confound China, Russia

Posted by Colin Clark on


Air Force wants China and that other, much poorer competitor known as Russia, to worry the US is in the early stages of fielding weapons systems that will tip the strategic see-saw to the American side. As outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson made clear here today, it is, in part, a cost-imposition strategy.

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A New Century Series? Will Roper Takes Air Force Back To The Future

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Can a risk-averse procurement bureaucracy recapture the pioneering spirit of its past? The Air Force’s acquisition chief says yes.

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Air Force Sec Says US May Demo New Space Weapon To Deter

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The US has more to lose in space than our competitors, so the Pentagon is considering firing a warning shot to showcase what it can do.

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Lasers: Beyond The Power Problem

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Miitary lasers are getting more and more powerful, fast. But raw power isn’t all you need for a workable weapon.

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US ‘Gets Its Ass Handed To It’ In Wargames: Here’s A $24 Billion Fix

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Warships sink. Bases burn. F-35s die on the runway. Can $24 billion a year — 3.3 % of the Pentagon budget — fix the problem?

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