The Air & Space Brief: Abortion leave for troops; Next CSO confirmed; C-130s grounded
Welcome to the Defense One Air and Space newsletter. Here are our top stories this week:
Abortion leave plan in the Senate: Democrats are re-upping their push to protect troops’ access to abortion with a plan from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., that would let service members use convalescent leave to cross state lines and get an abortion. The amendment to the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which has nearly two dozen Democratic co-sponsors, would ensure troops have at least 10 days for travel, and would also provide an allowance for transportation expenses under the Joint Travel Regulations.
State of the Air Force and Space Force: What does Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., think of the Biden administration’s pledge to not conduct anti-satellite tests in orbit? How is the Pentagon using lessons learned about space warfare in Ukraine to prepare for potential conflict with China? We covered these questions and much more during Defense One’s month-long State of Defense series. You can catch any events you missed on our website.
Raymond’s successor confirmed: The Senate last week approved Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman’s nomination to be the next chief of space operations, setting him up to become the second officer to lead the young service. At his confirmation hearing last month, Saltzman talked about the service’s mission to absorb satellite communications responsibilities from other branches and his concerns that increasing launch traffic could clog military bases.
C-130s grounded: The Air Force last week grounded most of its C-130H cargo planes because of a problem with their propeller assemblies, Defense News reported. The service is conducting inspections to figure out how many aircraft are affected, which will help provide an estimate for how long it will take to fix the problem and get more than 100 planes back in the air.
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