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Pacific Air Forces Seeks Advanced Software Tools to Support ACE

September 21, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
An airman from deployed from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, examines an F-15E Strike Eagle during preflight inspections at Tinian International Airport, Tinian during Pacific Iron 21 in August. To conduct such agile, more lethal movement of forces and airpower in the region, more software solutions are needed. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Sutton, A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules is on the flightline at Tinian International Airport, Tinian, in July 2021 during the Pacific Iron exercise testing the Pacific Air Forces’ ability to conduct dynamic force employment operations. To conduct such agile, more lethal movement of forces and airpower in the region, more software solutions are needed. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Demond Mcghee

The dynamic projection of air power and forces across the Indo-Pacific region requires the use of emerging software capabilities, leader reports.

The Arduous, Costly War in Afghanistan Ends

August 31, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The last U.S. military member to leave Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, USA, commander of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport August 30, closing out two decades of U.S. military involvement in the country. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Alex Burnett

The U.S. military completes withdrawal under fire.

Shift from War on Terror to Great Power Competition Moves Biometric Goals, Too

August 25, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
A soldier dons the Capability Set 3 (CS 3) militarized form factor prototype of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) during a Soldier Touchpoint 3 live fire test event at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in October 2020. U.S. Army photo by Courtney Bacon

On the battlefield of the future, biometric data and the identity intelligence it provides offers new advantages.

Army Officials Teach Information Advantage 101

August 19, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Shutterstock/Pachenko Vladimir

The U.S. Army needs to conduct five essential tasks to achieve the kind of information advantage that will allow commanders to make faster, more effective decisions than their adversaries.

U.S. Military on Discovery Voyage in Information Realm

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command, addresses the audience at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The military services may take different paths toward gaining an information advantage, but each helps light the way for the others.

Thunderdome Moves DISA Beyond Defense in Depth

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Credit: Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal

The agency aims to implement zero trust in months.

Commander Sets the Initial Course for Space Systems Command

August 18, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF (r), pictured with Gen. Jay Raymond, USSF, chief of Space Force Operations, takes leadership of the U.S. Space Force’s newest command, the Space Systems Command (SSC), during a ceremony last Friday. He has outlined several key initial priorities for SSC, including budgetary funding from Congress and having lawmakers understand how SSC “must be postured and empowered” to keep pace against adversaries. Credit: Van Ha, SSC Public Affairs

The SSC’s first leader, Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, is prioritizing work with industry and labs to continue to drive innovation.

Army Finalizing Unified Network Plans

August 17, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. John Morrison, USA, deputy chief of staff, G-6, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The unified network will enable multidomain operations and begins by optimizing the current network.

The Space Force Officially Stands Up the Space Systems Command

August 13, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, commander, Space Systems Command, pictured at the podium during the official stand up ceremony of the U.S. Space Force’s new Space Systems Command August 13, takes the reins as the command’s first leader.  , Warfighters attend the historic redesignation ceremony of the U.S. Space Force’s new Space Systems Command August 13 at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, USSF, steps into the role of the historic command’s first leader.

Putting ACE to the Test

August 10, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron completes agile combat employment (ACE) maneuvers during Operation Pacific Iron 2021 at Northwest Field, Guam, in July. The austere conditions of the former World War II airfield offered ideal conditions for airmen to train in ACE. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra Minor., A U.S. Air Force pilot sits in an F-22 Raptor on Northwest Field, Guam, in July during Operation Pacific Iron 21. The operation increased the abilities of airmen, including fighter pilots, outside of their primary roles, as the service grows multi-capable warfighters. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra Minor.

The Pacific Air Forces’ Operation Pacific Iron 21 goes in-depth on agile combat employment capabilities.

Degrading Our Own Tech Is No Combat Option

July 27, 2021
By Maj. James Torrence, USA
While some tout the idea that U.S. forces could pre-emptively degrade their own technological capabilities in a peer, or near-peer conflict, doing so would lead to losing, says an Army signal officer. Credit: Andy Gin/Shutterstock

U.S. forces must train for every spectrum environment.

Army Tests Blockchain-Related Information Assurance Solution

July 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center and other Army partners prepare for the Network Modernization Experiment 21 event by readying vehicles and equipment for the event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey in May. Credit: Jasmyne Douglas, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst PAO Office

Computer engineers at the service’s DEVCOM C5ISR leverage emerging technology to provide information provenance to warfighters.

Sponsored: Digital Transformation Insights from Gen. McChrystal

July 15, 2021
Interview by Mark Senell
Credit: Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal

The digital transformation is no longer simply an enabler—it's the structure for everything.

Air Force IT Modernization Aims to Streamline, Speed Up Operations

July 14, 2021
The Air Force is concentrating on governance, configuration management and customer focus to improve its IT networking capabilities. Credit: Shutterstock/

The U.S. Air Force’s IT modernization efforts are focusing on speeding up access to data across the service’s enterprise network.

U.S. Space Force to Welcome This Week First Round of Guardians from Sister Services

June 30, 2021
By Sandra Jontz and Kimberly Underwood
In this image from December 2020, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Barbara Barrett, walks with Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Brown, before a ceremony unveiling the newly decorated Space Force hallway at the Pentagon. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force , Lt. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USSF, director of staff of the Office of the Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force, delivers a keynote address at West 2021 on Wednesday celebrating AFCEA's 8th annual Women's Appreciation event.

The U.S. Space Force this week plans to announce the first transfer to its ranks of 50 sister-service members to Space Force guardians.

Marines Assume Navy Role in New Integration

June 29, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans execute small boat drills in the Philippine Sea. Greater integration between the Navy and Marine Corps is leading to more joint operations in support of maritime security. Credit: Lance Cpl. Grace Gerlach, USMC

The Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy will be working more closely together as they integrate operations and capabilities.

Reserve SEAL Teams to Enhance Experimentation

June 29, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Navy SEALs conduct dive operations training in the Atlantic Ocean, May 29, 2019. A proposed reserve force of combat-ready, active-duty special operators could allow the Navy Special Warfare Command the agility it needs to respond to the full spectrum of missions around the globe while experimenting with new tactics, techniques and procedures. Credit: Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jayme Pastoric

The concept calls for holding approximately one-third of the Navy Special Warfare Command's mission-ready force in reserve to deploy when needed.

Information Warfare is 'Indispensable' to Naval Operations

June 30, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Following her tenure as commander of Office of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, USN, stepped into the role of commander of Naval Information Forces in May. Here the vice admiral is pictured speaking during a ceremony in May 2021 with now-retired Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, looking on. Credit: U.S. Navy/Robert Fluegel

The United States must continue to advance information operations in order to prevail in long term strategic competition, leader says.

SDA Experiments to Advance Optical Communications

June 23, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Space X’s Falcon 9 first stage rocket returns to Earth on June 21, landing on the Just Read the Instructions droneship after launch of the military’s GPS III-5. Space X is preparing for a June 25 launch of key satellite and experimental equipment for the Space Development Agency, as part of a greater Transporter 2 mission set. Credit: SpaceX

The Space Development Agency is conducting three key experiments of capabilities in low earth orbit.

Taking an Accelerated Information Warfare Approach

June 17, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, USAF, (c), commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, explains AFSOC history and capabilities to Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, commander 16th Air Force during a visit in April at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Air Combat Command and 16th Air Force are working to further evolve the Air Force’s information warfare approach, now that it has successfully integrated capabilities into the two-year old Numbered Air Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Ai

The Air Force moves out on its modern-day information warfare mission.