Good morning and thank you for subscribing to the Defense One Air Force and Space Force newsletter, a weekly look at the events and headlines shaping military aviation and aerospace policy.  Budget Day will be May 27. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown dropped a few hints about his spending priorities last week — and the F-22 won’t be one of them. Brown said the service intends to whittle its seven fighter frames to ”four-plus-one”: the Next Generation Air Dominance platform, F-15EX, F-35, F-16, and some newly re-winged A-10s the service will keep until the 2030s.  About those F-35s: Air Force Magazine obtained budget talking points prepared for Brown that suggest the service wants to buy 20 fewer F-35s over the next five years due to higher-than-expected sustainment costs. The Air Force also aims to pare its older F-15s, F-16s, and A-10s, according to the talking points. But both plans depend on the will of Congress, which has in recent years rebuffed efforts to retire aircraft.   GMTI in space. Space Force revealed last week it will add a space-based provide Ground Moving Target Indicator to track ground vehicles when enemy defenses keep Air Force JSTARS, U-2s, and Global Hawks at bay, or GMTI, capability from space.  Brought to you by Northrop Grumman At Northrop Grumman, every day is Space Day Here at Northrop Grumman, Defining Possible in space isn’t just our job, it’s our passion. And our achievements there are the culmination of decades of experience and hard work. In fact, we’ve been at the forefront of space innovation for more than 50 years and today, we continue that legacy. From exploring the universe to defending our nation, for us, every day is Space Day. See how we’re Defining Possible in space Space Force fired Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, on Friday “for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military,” Military.com reported. Welcome to Mars. China’s Zhurong rover landed on Mars on Saturday, just three months after NASA’s Perseverance arrived. The rover’s name alludes to a god of fire, CNN reported. This week:  May 17, 2:15 p.m.: Brookings hosts National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence members and Sen. Joni Ernst, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities to discuss a “National Strategy for AI Innovation.”  May 18, 10:30: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts former F-16 pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney and DARPA Strategic Technology Office's Dr. Tim Grayson discuss the U.S. Aerospace Industrial Base. May 18, 2:30 p.m.: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts Dr. Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the Air Force.  May 19, noon:  Washington Space Business Roundtable with Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of U.S. Space Force on impact of reducing space flight costs on military space operations.  Hosting an event? Let us know. Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Monday morning from Tara Copp, Defense One’s Senior Pentagon Reporter. One year ago today, the Air Force launched an X-37B space plane for the sixth time. It’s still up there, doing classified things.
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Good morning and thank you for subscribing to the Defense One Air Force and Space Force newsletter, a weekly look at the events and headlines shaping military aviation and aerospace policy.  Budget Day will be May 27. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown dropped a few hints about his spending priorities last week — and the F-22 won’t be one of them. Brown said the service intends to whittle its seven fighter frames to ”four-plus-one”: the Next Generation Air Dominance platform, F-15EX, F-35, F-16, and some newly re-winged A-10s the service will keep until the 2030s.  About those F-35s: Air Force Magazine obtained budget talking points prepared for Brown that suggest the service wants to buy 20 fewer F-35s over the next five years due to higher-than-expected sustainment costs. The Air Force also aims to pare its older F-15s, F-16s, and A-10s, according to the talking points. But both plans depend on the will of Congress, which has in recent years rebuffed efforts to retire aircraft.   GMTI in space. Space Force revealed last week it will add a space-based provide Ground Moving Target Indicator to track ground vehicles when enemy defenses keep Air Force JSTARS, U-2s, and Global Hawks at bay, or GMTI, capability from space.  Brought to you by Northrop Grumman At Northrop Grumman, every day is Space Day Here at Northrop Grumman, Defining Possible in space isn’t just our job, it’s our passion. And our achievements there are the culmination of decades of experience and hard work. In fact, we’ve been at the forefront of space innovation for more than 50 years and today, we continue that legacy. From exploring the universe to defending our nation, for us, every day is Space Day. See how we’re Defining Possible in space Space Force fired Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, on Friday “for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military,” Military.com reported. Welcome to Mars. China’s Zhurong rover landed on Mars on Saturday, just three months after NASA’s Perseverance arrived. The rover’s name alludes to a god of fire, CNN reported. This week:  May 17, 2:15 p.m.: Brookings hosts National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence members and Sen. Joni Ernst, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities to discuss a “National Strategy for AI Innovation.”  May 18, 10:30: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts former F-16 pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney and DARPA Strategic Technology Office's Dr. Tim Grayson discuss the U.S. Aerospace Industrial Base. May 18, 2:30 p.m.: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts Dr. Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the Air Force.  May 19, noon:  Washington Space Business Roundtable with Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of U.S. Space Force on impact of reducing space flight costs on military space operations.  Hosting an event? Let us know. Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Monday morning from Tara Copp, Defense One’s Senior Pentagon Reporter. One year ago today, the Air Force launched an X-37B space plane for the sixth time. It’s still up there, doing classified things.
The Air & Space Brief
May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021

Good morning and thank you for subscribing to the Defense One Air Force and Space Force newsletter, a weekly look at the events and headlines shaping military aviation and aerospace policy. 

Budget Day will be May 27. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown dropped a few hints about his spending priorities last week — and the F-22 won't be one of them. Brown said the service intends to whittle its seven fighter frames to "four-plus-one": the Next Generation Air Dominance platform, F-15EX, F-35, F-16, and some newly re-winged A-10s the service will keep until the 2030s. 

About those F-35s: Air Force Magazine obtained budget talking points prepared for Brown that suggest the service wants to buy 20 fewer F-35s over the next five years due to higher-than-expected sustainment costs. The Air Force also aims to pare its older F-15s, F-16s, and A-10s, according to the talking points. But both plans depend on the will of Congress, which has in recent years rebuffed efforts to retire aircraft.  

GMTI in space. Space Force revealed last week it will add a space-based provide Ground Moving Target Indicator to track ground vehicles when enemy defenses keep Air Force JSTARS, U-2s, and Global Hawks at bay, or GMTI, capability from space. 

Brought to you by Northrop Grumman

At Northrop Grumman, every day is Space Day

Here at Northrop Grumman, Defining Possible in space isn't just our job, it's our passion. And our achievements there are the culmination of decades of experience and hard work. In fact, we've been at the forefront of space innovation for more than 50 years and today, we continue that legacy. From exploring the universe to defending our nation, for us, every day is Space Day.

See how we're Defining Possible in space

Space Force fired Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, on Friday "for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military," Military.com reported.

Welcome to Mars. China's Zhurong rover landed on Mars on Saturday, just three months after NASA's Perseverance arrived. The rover's name alludes to a god of fire, CNN reported.

This week: 

  • May 17, 2:15 p.m.: Brookings hosts National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence members and Sen. Joni Ernst, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities to discuss a "National Strategy for AI Innovation." 
  • May 18, 10:30: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts former F-16 pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney and DARPA Strategic Technology Office's Dr. Tim Grayson discuss the U.S. Aerospace Industrial Base.
  • May 18, 2:30 p.m.: Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosts Dr. Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the Air Force. 
  • May 19, noon:  Washington Space Business Roundtable with Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi, director of U.S. Space Force on impact of reducing space flight costs on military space operations. 
  • Hosting an event? Let us know.

Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Monday morning from Tara Copp, Defense One's Senior Pentagon Reporter. One year ago today, the Air Force launched an X-37B space plane for the sixth time. It's still up there, doing classified things.

 
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