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.

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AUKUS Australia Defense

Australia well placed to turbocharge its strategic tech capability (Fergus Hanson, Danielle Cave, ASPI)

Last week’s surprise AUKUS announcement by the United States, Britain and Australia has created a frenzy of focus on nuclear-powered submarines, but the bigger picture is getting lost in a sea of naval analysis.

Australia well placed to turbocharge its strategic tech capability | Australian Strategic Policy Institute | ASPI

AUKUS Australia Defense

Australia signs up to the Anglosphere (Allan Gyngell, East Asia Forum)

Much is still uncertain about the new AUKUS ‘enhanced trilateral security partnership’. The deal for at least eight nuclear submarines to be built in Australia is described as a ‘first initiative’ but the partnership’s aims, and whether there will be a governing treaty, are not yet clear.

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CSTO nations to have joint R&D budget in military sector, says Russian Deputy PM Borisov (TASS)

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member-states will have a joint budget for R&D activities in the military sector, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel.

“[CSTO] countries have reported a joint budget for necessary R&D. <…> We are starting to shift from simple verbal coordination to a more serious integration,” he said.

This is a new area, Borisov noted. “Almost all heads of delegations [at the session of the CSTO Collective Security Council] indicated their willingness to more closely address the integration and synchronization of solutions in the field of the development of national military industrial complexes and the standards that are being introduced in armed forces, meaning military standards, similar management systems,” he explained.


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.

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Here’s what a ‘green’ ship design could look like for the Royal Navy (Vivienne Machi, Defense News)

Families wave as HMS Kent, a Type 23 frigate leaves Portsmouth Harbour on August 12, 2019 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Britain’s upcoming ships could feature new hulls and redesigned propellers and fins, as the Royal Navy races to play its part to build a more sustainable force over the next three decades.

Last March, the U.K. Ministry of Defence published a new roadmap with a target deadline of 2050 to ensure its vast enterprise is as efficient, resilient, and environmentally friendly as possible in the face of global climate change.


Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker, firing the opening salvo in US Air Force competition (Valerie Insinna, Defense News)

Lockheed Martin’s LMXT strategic tanker is the company’s offering for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-Y program. (Brandon Stoker/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin on Friday unveiled the LMXT aerial refueling tanker, which will go head-to-head with Boeing’s incumbent KC-46 in the U.S. Air Force’s upcoming bridge tanker competition.

The LMXT is a variant of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport, modified specifically for U.S. Air Force operators. Changes include an upgraded suite of communications for joint all-domain command and control as well as improvements to range and fuel-offload capability.

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Belarus Defense Russia

Zapad-2021 exercise shows Union State’s ability to defend itself — Belarusian minister (TASS)

During the Zapad-2021 military exercise, Russia and Belarus demonstrated their ability to protect sovereignty and independence of the Union State, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said during a closing ceremony on Friday.

“Most importantly, our commanders and staffs practiced joint planning. We managed to demonstrate that we can ensure independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Union State. This sends a clear signal to the West that speaking with Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan from a position of strength would be futile. We are poised for dialogue,” the ministry quoted him as saying.

According to the minister, results of the exercise are yet to be examined in detail.

“When we will be summing up the results, we’ll see what went well and what was flawed. Importantly, we managed to synchronize our reference points with regard to training and building up our armed forces, to define perspectives for our future progress,” the minister continued. “Overall, summarizing the results, I would like to say that we managed to practice all aspects with maximum efficiency.”

“We do not view any country as a potential adversary. But we once again made sure that we can deploy the Russian regional grouping of forces to the territory of Belarus and <…> to repel the attack of any aggressor trying to infringe upon our independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Khrenin added.

Defense SCO Countries

SCO countries to boost defense cooperation — declaration (TASS)

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) agreed to boost defense cooperation, according to the Dushanbe Declaration adopted at the Tajikistan-hosted SCO summit on Friday.

The member states will continue boosting defense cooperation, including in personnel training and efforts to increase the capabilities of armed forces in order to strengthen confidence-building measures, ensure peace and regional stability, combat security challenges and threats and create conditions for the SCO’s sustainable development, the document said.

The member states emphasized the importance of the Peace Mission joint anti-terror command and staff drills for enhancing interaction in the fight against the armed units of international terrorist organizations and improving methods to combat terrorism.

In addition, the SCO countries called for promoting peacekeeping cooperation with the United Nations. They also decided to share experience of peacekeeping operations with the aim of training service members for UN peacekeeping missions.

On Friday, Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe hosted the SCO’s 20th anniversary summit, which adopted the joint Dushanbe Declaration.

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