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'Live, live, die’ — How the Air Force plans to authorize robotic wingmen to attack targets

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The future drones are expected to be more autonomous than today’s drones and operate as part of a team with manned fighter jets and other aircraft.

China's acceleration of aerospace technology seen as building block for 'combat loop'

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China’s maturing space and cyber military component has roughly doubled its number of satellites in orbit over the last three years, raising concerns for Pentagon leadership.

Kendall: Air Force’s next-gen fighter will be ‘better than anything' China can produce

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The Air Force plans to team its Next-Generation Air Dominance platform with robotic wingmen.

Air Force taps Brig. Gen. Luke Cropsey to head new integrated C3 battle management program

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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall announced the new role and organizational restructure at the Air and Space Forces Association’s annual conference on Monday.

OSD moving to corral the military services for JADC2

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At stake are billions of dollars in planned investments and the lives of troops who will rely on the underlying technology — and its interoperability — to fight and prevail in high-end combat.

Pentagon acquisition chief optimistic — but not certain — that hypersonics will transition into production soon

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The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is optimistic that U.S. hypersonic weapons will finally move into large-scale production in the coming years, but said “the proof will be in the pudding.” The tech has long been confined to research and development, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante noted at the annual Defense News Conference on Wednesday. “Keep in mind hypersonics has been a weapon of the future for…

Air Force to install new manager to oversee next-gen command and control

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The Air Force will soon install a new leader to oversee all of its complex command, control and communications initiatives and ultimately empower the military branch to better support the Pentagon’s ambitious vision for a more connected way of conducting warfare, according to Secretary Frank Kendall.  Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is the Defense Department’s novel concept to connect sensors, shooters, and associated technologies to provide battlefield commanders with…

NRO, Air and Space Forces jointly investigating how to improve space-based ISR

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The Space Force, Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office are deepening collaboration as they explore better ways to provide critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information to warfighters and U.S. policymakers, NRO Director Chris Scolese confirmed on Thursday. ISR capabilities enable officials to gather intel about adversaries by tracking their behavior and movements. Much of what NRO does is classified, but the office has been capturing and supplying ISR data…

Air Force secretary tight-lipped about new Phoenix Ghost suicide drone

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The American-made Phoenix Ghost loitering munition is being used to great effect in the Ukraine-Russia war, U.S. officials say, but the head of the service that developed the weapon is being tight-lipped about its capabilities and the Pentagon’s plans for employing the system for its own use. The Department of Defense is keen on acquiring new loitering munitions — also known as suicide drones, kamikaze drones or tactical unmanned aerial…