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​A C-17 lands at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., in January as a KC-10 sits on the flightline. The McChord flightline will be full of mobility aircraft for the next two weeks as the base hosts Air Mobility Command’s inaugural Mobility Guardian exercise. Air Force photo by SSgt. Robert Hicks

​Air Mobility’s Biggest Exercise Set to Begin

More than 3,000 personnel from 25 countries are set to project airpower over the Pacific Northwest for two weeks as part of AMC’s first Mobility Guardian exercise.

Read the full report by Brian Ev​erstine

North Korea Tests Another ICBM

The Air Force again sent B-1B bombers to the Korean Peninsula  shortly after North Korea successfully conducted its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday. Two Lancers, deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, from Dyess AFB, Texas, were escorted by Japanese and South Korean fighters during a 10-hour flight in “direct response” to North Korea’s test, according to a Pacific Air Forces release. In addition to the flight, the US and South Korean militaries exercised “precision fire capabilities” by firing the US Army’s Tactical Missile System and the Hyunmoo Missile II, according to an 8th US Army statement. The Missile Defense Agency on Sunday also conducted a successful test of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in the Pacific. An Air Force C-17 air-launched a medium-range target ballistic missile, which was intercepted by a THAAD system at the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska, according to an MDA statement. This was the 15th successful intercept in 15 tests for the system. The US military this spring deployed part of a THAAD system to South Korea before the deployment was halted by the South Korean government. On Friday, South Korea's president ordered discussions to begin again with the US to continue deploying the system, according to Reuters. The Friday test by North Korea was the second time the Kim Jong Un regime has successfully tested an ICBM this month. At about 10:40 a.m. Eastern time, the US detected the launch and determined it was not a threat. The missile flew about 45 minutes, covering about 1,000 kilometers, before landing in the Sea of Japan. — Brian Everstine

More Linguists On the Way for ISR Mission

The Air Force announced Friday a $70 million contract with the Kapsuun Group to provide linguist and analyst support services for the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission. Kapsuun will provide 1N3 ground linguists and 1A8 airborne linguists, on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, to a range of units, including the 25th Air Force’s 55th Wing, 70th and 480th ISR Wings, the 361st ISR Group, and the 24th Air Force’s 67th and 688th Cyberspace Wings.

House Approves Security Appropriations Bill

The House approved a bill combining appropriations for the Department of Defense, military construction and veterans, and nuclear programs on Thursday by a vote of 235-192. The bill provides $584 billion in base spending for the Pentagon and $74 billion in overseas contingency operations (OCO) money. Those numbers are $20 billion more than President Donald Trump requested in his budget proposal, but $38 billion less than the House approved in its defense policy bill. The defense appropriations approved by the House also exceeds the spending caps set in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011, so Congress would have to negotiate a new budget deal in order to enact the legislation. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a press release that the law was “carefully crafted” to fulfill the House’s aims of “funding our critical military priorities, supporting our veterans, and making our borders more secure.” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted against the bill, saying in a press release that it contains “an untenable level of funding for the Department of Defense” and is “completely disconnected from the realities that our country faces and the spending choices we must make.” —Wilson Brissett

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The 914th Fire Emergency Services renders a water salute to the last C-130 at Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y., on July 26. Air Force photo by TSgt. Steph Sawyer

Niagara Falls Says Goodbye to its Last C-130

Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y., on July 26 said goodbye to its last C-130. The 914th Airlift Wing at the base is transitioning to an Air Refueling Wing and will fly KC-135s. During a ceremony at the base, the final C-130 was rendered a water salute before taking off for Maxwell AFB, Ala. The base’s C-130s have moved to Maxwell and Youngstown ARS, Ohio, according to a 914th release. The base has flown airlift missions for 47 years. — Brian Everstine

US Condemns Iranian Rocket Launch

The US State Department on Thursday condemned a successful Iranian launch of a rocket that can carry satellites into orbit. The launch appeared to violate United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, tied to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, prohibiting Tehran from conducting activities related to the development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. "We would consider that a violation of UNSCR 2231," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday, according to Reuters. "We consider that to be continued ballistic missile ​development." Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told Fox News on Thursday that, “we saw this same pattern with North Korea.” Pyongyang launched satellites into orbit on its way to developing a successful intercontinental ballistic missile. “What they were really doing,” with their satellite launches, “is improving their missile program." Now Thornberry worries that Iran is on a similar trajectory. —Wilson Brissett

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RADAR SWEEP

—Goldfein wants new contracting strategies for a new age of warfare. Defense News

—General Dynamics has introduced a new handheld radio with encrypted communication capabilities for combat search and rescue teams. General Dynamics release

—SpaceX is now worth $21 billion after a recent round of fundraising upped the value of Elon Musk’s rocket company to make it one of the most valuable privately held companies in the world—on par with Uber and Airbnb. New York Times

— The Marine Corps grounds its KC-130T fleet after the July 10 crash that killed 16. CNN

— Kadena AB, Japan, helped 12 diverted aircraft that needed to land July 26 after nearby Naha Airport closed. Kadena release

— Iowa guardsmen trained with UK and Kosovo medical personnel as part of the Guard’s state partnership program. Iowa Guard release