Major War Game to Jolt 4 Services, Force DecisionsThe Pentagon is kicking off a new series of joint war games and exercises this fall designed to figure out how to confront peer adversaries like China and Russia, as military leaders rush to come up with new ideas for how to fight through what one Army general describes as a “hyperactive” battlefield. The “globally integrated exercises” will include all four armed services, some of the 10 combatant commanders, and several government agencies, who together will try to mesh their various ideas for how to counter threats ranging from information warfare and cyber attacks right up to ballistic missile salvos and potential clashes of fifth-generation aircraft.
Breaking DefenseAir Force Space Consortium Funding Could Grow to $12 Billion over the Next DecadeThe news that the Air Force is recompeting the management contract of its Space Enterprise Consortium took many by surprise. In a Request for Information posted Aug. 20, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced it is doing market research with the goal to select a new contractor next year to manage the consortium, known as SpEC.
Space NewsDOD Seeks Ethicist to Guide Deployment of Artificial IntelligenceThe Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, stood up just last year, has plans to hire an ethicist to help guide the Defense Department's development and application of artificial intelligence technologies.
DOD releaseSpecial Operations Command is in the Hunt for a Chaplain Field Ethics GuideWhen it comes to providing guidance for troops on the front lines, perhaps few people are in as good a position to help as the chaplains. And with the special operations community finding itself stressed and in the midst of several scandals after nearly 18 years of continuous deployment, US Special Operations Command is looking to find additional ways for those men and women of faith to help get its operators back on track.
Military TimesThe Navy Is the Fattest but Obesity Rates Are Up Across the ServicesThe Navy was the most obese and the Marine Corps was by far the least, but the overall rate across the military continued a steady increase, a Defense Department study found.
Stars and Stripes via Military.comBoeing Delivers 19th KC-46A Tanker to US Air ForceOn Aug. 29, Boeing delivered its 18th and 19th KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers to the US Air Force.
Jane’s Defence Weekly (subscription required)US, Federal Government of Somalia Target Al-Shabaab Terrorist with AirstrikeIn coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab terrorist in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, on Sept. 3.
AFRICOM releaseOne More Thing …Peak PerformanceInspired by the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and his love for the outdoors, USAF Lt. Col. Rob Marshall, the US Air Force Academy’s director of experiential learning, created the first American military mountaineering team to climb to the summit of every continent’s highest peak.
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