China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) just hours after announcement of the new tripartite AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) security partnership may – or may not – have been coincidental. Regardless, both events illustrate the rapidly shifting geostrategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region.
AUKUS is a momentous agreement – for all three parties.
The Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, USNS Choctaw County (T-EPF 2), arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit Dec. 30, 2015. Choctaw County is the second of 10 vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transportation of troops and military equipment. (Heather Judkins/US Navy)
U.S. 5th Fleet is beginning the inaugural Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon, meant to marry partner-building military training with humanitarian work in U.S. Central Command.
The exercise, which mirrors the partnership station series that have been conducted in U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will grow the Lebanese Armed Forces’ ability to conduct missions like mine countermeasures, naval construction and disaster-related public health activities, as well as deliver goods like baby formula to the Middle East partner nation, 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Tim Hawkins told Defense News.
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)
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Il BriteCloud 218 di Leonardo si appresta a effettuare una campagna di prove integrato sugli F-16 dell’US Air National Guard (ANG). Si tratta della fase finale del programma della Difesa USA Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT), la cui conclusione aprirà la strada a un potenziale impegno sul sistema da parte degli Stati Uniti.
BriteCloud è la prima contromisura al mondo a utilizzare un jamming miniaturizzato per la protezione dai missili dei velivoli da combattimento. Le prossime prove permetteranno al governo degli Stati Uniti di decidere sull’acquisto del sistema di Leonardo, progettato in UK e attualmente in servizio con la Royal Air Force.