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Defense USA

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

B-21 Raider concept

Artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., one of the future bases to host the new airframe. (Courtesy photo by Northrop Grumman)

The U.S. Air Force has five B-21 Raider bombers currently in various states of production at manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s plant in California, the service’s top civilian said on Monday.

“We have been living off of bomber fleet investments made many decades ago, but that is rapidly changing,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the audience at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here.

Northrop Grumman now has five B-21 stealth bombers in production (defensenews.com)

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Space USA

Space Development Agency approves design for satellites that can track hypersonic weapons (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

An artist’s depiction of L3Harris’ tracking layer satellite, which will be part of a solution designed by the Space Development Agency and the Missile Defense Agency to track and target hypersonic weapons from space. (L3Harris)

The Space Development Agency has approved design plans for its new missile warning satellites, which will be capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons.

L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the agency had completed preliminary design review of their satellites, marking an important milestone as the company prepares for production of the spacecraft. L3Harris will continue development of the missile warning satellites as it works toward critical design review.

Space Development Agency approves design for satellites that can track hypersonic weapons (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

Air Force testing how to do intelligence in disconnected environments (Mark Pomerleau, Defense News)

16th Air Force is maturing its ability to converge intelligence, cyber and information warfare capabilities, but it needs to improve its speed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicholas Byers)

As the Air Force looks to mature its information warfare organization and posture, it is beginning to experiment with how to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in disconnected and disaggregated environments.

Unlike the last 20 years, the U.S. military expects every aspect of its operations ― including the flow of data and information — to be stressed by high-tech adversaries.

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Defense USA

AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says (Leila Barghouty, Defense News)

A rendering of a twin float amphibious modification to an MC-130J Commando II is shown here. Air Force Special Operations Command and private sector counterparts are currently developing a Removable Amphibious Float Modification (RAFM) for the MC-130J, allowing aircraft to take off and land in bodies of water and conduct runway independent operations. (Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

Air Force Special Operations Command plans to demonstrate an amphibious version of the MC-130J Hercules by the end of next year, AFSOC’s commander told reporters Monday morning at the Air Force Association convention.

“I can say with certainty that our plan is to conduct a demo by the 31st of December next year.,” AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Jim Slife said in a roundtable with media on Sept. 20. Slife emphasized that a flying demo would most likely feature a single aircraft and would be aimed at validating digitally engineered models that the program has run so far on the aircraft’s capabilities.

AFSOC plans to demo amphibious MC-130J by end of next year, commander says (defensenews.com)

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Defense USA

SecAF to Congress: Let us retire aircraft or we can’t beat China (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall walks with Air Marshal Melvin Hupfeld chief of the Australian air force, before a meeting at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 8, 2021. (Wayne Clark/U.S. Air Force)

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall on Monday used his first public speech to send a message to Congress: The aircraft in your district are not exempt from the retirements the Air Force must do to free up funds for next-generation planes, drones and weapons.

“I have one request of the Congress: help us to focus on the one fight — the strategic competitive fight — we must win,” Kendall said during a speech at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.

SecAF to Congress: Let us retire aircraft or we can’t beat China (defensenews.com)

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Defense

Kaman unveils medium-lift UAV to resupply distributed Marine Corps forces (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

Kaman’s KARGO UAV is a quadcopter designed to carry hundreds of pounds of supplies to Marines in expeditionary bases away from logistics hubs, either in a conformal pod or in a sling load under the unmanned air vehicle. (Kaman imagery)

Kaman is unveiling this week a medium-lift unmanned quadcopter meant to solve the biggest challenge to the Marine Corps’ expeditionary advanced base operations concept: resupplying small units of Marines scattered around island chains.

Kaman’s KARGO unmanned aerial vehicle has been designed from scratch over the past nine months to meet the Marines’ needs for an Unmanned Logistics Systems-Air (ULS-A) medium-lift vehicle for the distributed laydown the Marines expect will be the hallmark of their operations in the future in places like the Pacific, the Baltic Sea or other contested areas.

Kaman unveils medium-lift UAV to resupply distributed Marine Corps forces (defensenews.com)

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Defense

Six questions with US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall (Rachel S. Cohen, Defense News)

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks with Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, left, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. and Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones during his first meeting with the Department of the Air Force’s service chiefs, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., July 28. (Eric Dietrich/U.S. Air Force)

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, who took over as the department’s top civilian official July 28, contends his cold warrior mindset will serve the Air Force and Space Force well as they turn their focus to beating China and Russia in the 21st-century global influence wars.

Six questions with US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall (defensenews.com)

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Defense

Europe’s first Multidomain Task Force tests high-altitude balloons for targeting in Norway (Jen Judson, Defense News)

The 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Field Artillery Brigade stages “Lorraine 1918”, a multiple launcher rocket system, during a rehearsal during the Thunder Cloud live-fire exercise in Andoya, Norway, Sept. 15, 2021. (Photo by Spc. Joshua Thorne/U.S. Army).

U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s first Multidomain Task Force was activated on Sept. 16, but the new unit has already cut its teeth in the theater at a long-range, precision-fires exercise in Norway, where officials experimented with high-altitude balloons for targeting, the new task force’s commander told Defense News.

At the first-ever Thunder Cloud exercise in Adenes, Norway, beginning Sept. 9 and wrapping up Sept. 20, the task force and the 41st Field Artillery Brigade exercised an entire sensor-to-shooter operation showcasing shooter targeting and strike capabilities.

Europe’s first Multidomain Task Force tests high-altitude balloons for targeting in Norway (defensenews.com)

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Ukraine USA

Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country (Jen Judson, Defense News)

A Ukrainian soldiers fires a missile with a man-portable air defense system during drills near the city of Shchastya, north of Lugansk, on Dec. 1, 2014. (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images)

Congress is keen to support Ukraine as the country tries to fill an air and missile defense capability, and lawmakers want to know how the Pentagon can help the ally.

The House Armed Services Committee, in its markup of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill, said the U.S. “remains a steadfast partner of Ukraine and it is in the United States national security interest [to] assist the Government of Ukraine in countering Russian military aggression.”

Joint military drill to kick off in Ukraine as Congress seeks air defense boost for the country (defensenews.com)

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