Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week:   Congrats, it’s a bomber. The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman took the wraps off the top-secret B-21 Raider at a Friday ceremony in California, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. The public learned a few more details about the twin-jet, including that its design is so modular that it might see components exported for sale to allies. You can re-watch the rollout here, and read Marcus’s dispatch from Palmdale here. Explosions deep within Russia. Moscow says at least two heavy bombers were damaged at air bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border, and says the evidence points to Ukrainian-modified, Soviet-built reconnaissance drones. Read on from Patrick Tucker, here. What recruiting crisis? While the U.S. Army struggles to maintain its end-strength goals, the far smaller, younger, and—generally speaking—more desk-bound Space Force has its pick of many people vying for each billet. Defense One’s Lauren C. Williams has more, here. Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Tuesday from Defense One. On December 6, 1959, Navy Cmdr. Lawrence Flint, Jr., pushed his specially modified F-4 Phantom to a new world altitude record of 98,560 feet. U.S. Air Force Capt. Joe B. Jordan broke Flint’s record just eight days later, flying a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter to 103,389 feet. Sponsored by Boeing Partner. Prepare. Protect. We are transforming the future of missile defense with digitally advanced, cost-effective lifecycle solutions to enhance protection of the entire U.S. and beyond. Learn more about our program at boeing.com/defense
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Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week:   Congrats, it’s a bomber. The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman took the wraps off the top-secret B-21 Raider at a Friday ceremony in California, Defense One’s Marcus Weisgerber reports. The public learned a few more details about the twin-jet, including that its design is so modular that it might see components exported for sale to allies. You can re-watch the rollout here, and read Marcus’s dispatch from Palmdale here. Explosions deep within Russia. Moscow says at least two heavy bombers were damaged at air bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border, and says the evidence points to Ukrainian-modified, Soviet-built reconnaissance drones. Read on from Patrick Tucker, here. What recruiting crisis? While the U.S. Army struggles to maintain its end-strength goals, the far smaller, younger, and—generally speaking—more desk-bound Space Force has its pick of many people vying for each billet. Defense One’s Lauren C. Williams has more, here. Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Tuesday from Defense One. On December 6, 1959, Navy Cmdr. Lawrence Flint, Jr., pushed his specially modified F-4 Phantom to a new world altitude record of 98,560 feet. U.S. Air Force Capt. Joe B. Jordan broke Flint’s record just eight days later, flying a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter to 103,389 feet. Sponsored by Boeing Partner. Prepare. Protect. We are transforming the future of missile defense with digitally advanced, cost-effective lifecycle solutions to enhance protection of the entire U.S. and beyond. Learn more about our program at boeing.com/defense
The Air & Space Brief
December 6, 2022
December 6, 2022

Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week:  

Congrats, it's a bomber. The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman took the wraps off the top-secret B-21 Raider at a Friday ceremony in California, Defense One's Marcus Weisgerber reports. The public learned a few more details about the twin-jet, including that its design is so modular that it might see components exported for sale to allies. You can re-watch the rollout here, and read Marcus's dispatch from Palmdale here.

Explosions deep within Russia. Moscow says at least two heavy bombers were damaged at air bases hundreds of miles from the Ukrainian border, and says the evidence points to Ukrainian-modified, Soviet-built reconnaissance drones. Read on from Patrick Tucker, here.

What recruiting crisis? While the U.S. Army struggles to maintain its end-strength goals, the far smaller, younger, and—generally speaking—more desk-bound Space Force has its pick of many people vying for each billet. Defense One's Lauren C. Williams has more, here.

Sign up to get The Air & Space Brief every Tuesday from Defense One. On December 6, 1959, Navy Cmdr. Lawrence Flint, Jr., pushed his specially modified F-4 Phantom to a new world altitude record of 98,560 feet. U.S. Air Force Capt. Joe B. Jordan broke Flint's record just eight days later, flying a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter to 103,389 feet.

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Partner. Prepare. Protect.

We are transforming the future of missile defense with digitally advanced, cost-effective lifecycle solutions to enhance protection of the entire U.S. and beyond. Learn more about our program at boeing.com/defense

 
D Top Service News

Explosions at Russian Air Bases May Change Several Nations' Calculations
By Patrick Tucker

Moscow says Ukraine converted old Soviet drones into long-range weapons that struck hundreds of miles inside Russian territory.


Army Chooses Bell V-280 to Replace Its Black Hawk Helicopters
By Marcus Weisgerber

Bell beat the Defiant-X pitched, a compound coaxial helicopter offered by a Sikorsky-Boeing team.


Air Force Unveils New B-21 Stealth Bomber After Seven Years in the Making
By Marcus Weisgerber

Hundreds of VIPs and thousands of Northrop employees applauded as tail number 0001 was shown off with help from lasers and fog machines.


Watch the B-21 Unveiling, Live
By Defense One Staff

The rollout of Northrop Grumman's secret next-gen stealth bomber is slated for 8 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Dec. 2.


Expect AR/VR on the Battlefield, Air Force CIO Says
By Lauren C. Williams

Augmented- and virtual-reality gear will become more than just a training tool, Knausenberger says.


Recruiting crisis? Not at Space Force
By Lauren C. Williams

The youngest and smallest service says it pays to be both choosy and inclusive.


 
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