2019年2月13日 星期三

MORNING RECON: F-35B Goes 'Best Mode' in Pacific; Pentagon Moving Forward on the Cloud; China's 6th Gen. Fighter; Building the Air Force We Need

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Pentagon Proposal Funds Space Force HQ As a 'Starting Point'
By Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews: "The 2020 request would cover the cost of setting up the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and the Space Force headquarters."

Pentagon to Build 'Low-Yield' Trident II D5 Missile
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "The Pentagon is pursuing modifications to its existing Trident II D5 submarine launched, nuclear-armed ballistic missile as part of a broader strategic effort to engineer a new "low-yield" warhead offering the prospect of smaller, more precise nuclear explosions."

Atlantic Council Urges 5G National Strategy, Cites National Security
From MeriTalk: "The Atlantic Council recommends accelerating a whole-of-government approach to developing a long-term national spectrum strategy which will include creating an inter-spectrum for 5G that will allow for Federal, state, and local policy synchronization of policies and procedures to rapidly and cost-effectively implement 5G."

The Navy's Bold New Education Plan
By Ben Werner, USNI News: "The Navy is pushing a series of education reforms to better train enlisted sailors and officers to face the increasing military capability posed by near-peer competitors and to fight complex, high-end wars."

Air Force Changing How Special Ops Fighters Train
By Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics: "A Rand report from May 2018 found that the attrition rate during the initial Special Warfare assessment and selection course hovers at roughly 75 percent."

Wreck of WWII USS Hornet Discovered in the South Pacific
By James Rogers, Fox News: "The wreck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) has been discovered off the Solomon Islands by a research organization set up by the late billionaire Paul Allen."

First Female Viper Demo Team Pilot Relieved of Command After Two Weeks
By Stephen Losey, Air Force Times: ""Col. Derek O'Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander, relieved Capt. Zoe Kotnik from command Feb. 11 due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team," said Col. Allen Herritage, director of public affairs at ACC, in a statement."

F-35Bs Conduct First 'Beast Mode' Strikes in Pacific
By Hope Hodge Seck, DoD Buzz: "The Marines' F-35B Joint Strike Fighter achieved another first in recent weeks during an at-sea deployment when the aircraft conducted training strikes with an external ordnance load."


U.S., U.K.:
U.S. F-35s to Join HMS Queen Elizabeth's First Operation

By Caitlin Doornbos, Stars and Stripes: "The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the United Kingdom's newest aircraft carrier, will make its debut operational mission this year with a complement of U.S. fighter jets, British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced this week."

U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter 'Massive' Beijing Buildup

By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon: "The U.S. military is adding forces and bases in Asia to counter a "massive" buildup of Chinese military forces and aggressive efforts by Beijing to expand Chinese communism, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday."

China's Eyeing
a 6th-Gen Fighter to Beat the U.S.
By Ryan Pickrell, Business Insider: "China is developing a sixth-generation fighter that could be seen as early as 2035, if not sooner, the Global Times reported Monday, citing a recent Chinese media interview with Wang Haifeng, a chief architect at Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Institute who was involved in the development of the J-20 stealth fighter."


Pentagon Continues to Move Forward on Transformative Cloud Contract
By Dan Gouré, RealClearDefense: "Sometimes, no news really is good news. This is the case with the Pentagon's plan for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud program."

Military's Space Experts Missing in Space Force Debate
By Timothy Cox, The Hill: "The last time the United States considered the creation of a new military service, there was an extensive debate within the military departments, Congress and the public sphere. Airpower's great advocates, with names like Billy Mitchell, Hap Arnold, and Tooey Spaatz became established in the collective zeitgeist long before war-time exploits or Air Force base names would inscribe them more permanently to history."

Building the Air Force We Need
By Dave Deptula, Forbes: "In the words of Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, "The Air Force is too small for what the nation expects of us." Nor is the Secretary alone in her assessment. During a 2017 hearing, then Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain declared: "This is a full-blown crisis, and if left unresolved, it will call into question the Air Force's ability to accomplish its mission.""

Marine Electric: The Wreck that Changed the Coast Guard Forever
By Corinne Zilnicki, Maritime Executive: "The investigation revealed that although the Marine Electric had been recently inspected several times by both the American Bureau of Shipping and the Coast Guard, marine inspectors had failed to note several discrepancies or recommend needed repairs."

What is the Monroe Doctrine?
By A.L., The Economist: "Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela's national assembly, proclaimed himself the country's acting president. He has been recognised as such by the governments of the United States, and most of western Europe and Latin America. The incumbent president, Nicolás Maduro, whose second term started in early January after a fraudulent election last year, has described the upheaval as a US-backed coup. On the day of Mr Guaidó's declaration, Mr Maduro cautioned his supporters not to "trust the gringos.""

Quantum Science: Distruptive National Security Technology
By Klon Kitchen, The Washington Times: "We are also developing quantum sensors designed to detect stealth aircraft solely by the atmospheric disturbance they create in flying."

U.S. Foreign Policy Finally Returns to Sea: The Trump Maritime Strategy
By James E. Fanell, Proceedings Magazine: "Several events occurred at sea in January 2019 that affirmed a U.S. Navy operational trajectory that should now be recognized as the "Trump maritime strategy." This strategy has reasserted the notion that the U.S. Navy is the leading edge of American foreign policy as it relates to strategic deterrence against competitor nations—the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation."

The Fundamentals of the Quad
By Walter Lohman, The Strategist (ASPI): "The most important thing that unites the Quad countries, however, is an awareness that managing the rise of China is the defining challenge of our era."

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