US / EU NATO Expenditure – is the balance really so lopsided?

The visualisation of US vs EU spending on NATO going the rounds is pretty suspect: The Blue area contains not just the USA, but also Canada. The US defence budget is incorrect. It fails to take into account that the US is a global player with ambitions and commitments beyond NATO. It doesn’t show that Read more about US / EU NATO Expenditure – is the balance really so lopsided?[…]

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Light-activated speed drugs could keep sleep-deprived military pilots alert

[…] The AWARE program, a project of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), aims to develop a new version of dextroamphetamine that can be activated or deactivated through exposure to near-infrared light. This would enable near-infrared light emitters in a helmet to selectively activate the stimulant in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, and then Read more about Light-activated speed drugs could keep sleep-deprived military pilots alert[…]

Ukrainian Fighter Jets “Using iPads” To Control Western Weapons

The Ukrainian Air Force is using iPads, or similar tablets in the cockpits of its Soviet-era jets to enable rapid integration of modern Western air-to-ground weapons […] This has been confirmed by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Dr. William LaPlante. While many questions remain about the tablet and how it exactly works, there’s Read more about Ukrainian Fighter Jets “Using iPads” To Control Western Weapons[…]

AI Is Now Dogfighting With Fighter Pilots In The Air

Last year, the uniquely modified F-16 test jet known as the X-62A, flying in a fully autonomous mode, took part in a first-of-its-kind dogfight against a crewed F-16, the U.S. military has announced. This breakthrough test flight, during which a pilot was in the X-62A’s cockpit as a failsafe, was the culmination of a series Read more about AI Is Now Dogfighting With Fighter Pilots In The Air[…]

Russia accused of using chemical gas attacks against Ukrainian soldiers

[…] Ukrainian troops told the Daily Telegraph that they have been subjected to regular attacks from small drones dropping teargas and other chemicals. The use of such substances, which is known as CS, is banned during wartime under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Moscow was accused of using chemical weapons in a drone assault on the Read more about Russia accused of using chemical gas attacks against Ukrainian soldiers[…]

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63 hour GPS jamming attack over Baltics affects 1600 aircraft over Europe

[…] Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Europe has experienced an uptick in the number of large-scale disruptions of GPS and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). The disruption has been felt near the Mediterranean and Black Sea, and near the Baltic Sea and Arctic. Since December 2023, for instance, the Baltic region has Read more about 63 hour GPS jamming attack over Baltics affects 1600 aircraft over Europe[…]

Thousands Of Networked Microphones Are Tracking Drones In Ukraine

Ukraine is using a network made up of thousands of acoustic sensors across the country to help detect and track incoming Russian kamikaze drones, alert traditional air defenses in advance, and also dispatch ad hoc drone hunting teams to shoot them down. This is according to the U.S. Air Force’s top officer in Europe who Read more about Thousands Of Networked Microphones Are Tracking Drones In Ukraine[…]

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Hackers find out worth of Iranian drones sold to Russia

Hackers from the Prana Network group have compromised the mail servers of the Iranian company IRGC Sahara Thunder, which contained an array of data on the production of Shahed-136 attack drones for Russia. Source: a statement by Prana Network, reported by Militarnyi Details: As noted, the IRGC Sahara Thunder company is a fictitious company run Read more about Hackers find out worth of Iranian drones sold to Russia[…]

Israel’s F-35I Combat Experience Is Providing Lessons – showing that ALIS, JIT supply chains and not having control over the software running are disasters waiting to happen

[…] LaPlante lauded Schmidt’s ability to rapidly field mission data files, packages of information loaded onto F-35s before each flight.”What General Schmidt and his team did, in about a week – week-and-a-half – is turned around these mission data files. That’s the brick that goes into the airplane. And that I think the lessons learned Read more about Israel’s F-35I Combat Experience Is Providing Lessons – showing that ALIS, JIT supply chains and not having control over the software running are disasters waiting to happen[…]

US Navy Uncrewed Submarine Will Launch, Recover Drone That Can Swim, Fly

The U.S. Navy is set to demonstrate the ability of an uncrewed underwater vehicle, or UUV, to launch and recover a smaller drone that can both swim and fly. The service says it wants the two platforms to be able to go through the deployment and retrieval processes autonomously — without any human involvement. The Read more about US Navy Uncrewed Submarine Will Launch, Recover Drone That Can Swim, Fly[…]

A US senator has a grip on the Confirmation Process for Military Officers and is using it to blackmail the government

Senator Tuberville’s blanket hold on general officer nominations reaches its six-month anniversary this week. This all seems to have started with a reckless idea dreamed up by a staffer with no experience in the Senate who then left the Senator’s employment after taking credit for it in a Washington Post exposé. From its shaky foundations, Read more about A US senator has a grip on the Confirmation Process for Military Officers and is using it to blackmail the government[…]

Blended Wing Body Demonstrator Jet Contract Awarded By Air Force

The U.S. Air Force says it has picked aviation startup JetZero to design and build a full-size demonstrator aircraft with a blended wing body, or BWB, configuration. The goal is for the aircraft, which has already received the informal moniker XBW-1, to be flying by 2027. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall made the Read more about Blended Wing Body Demonstrator Jet Contract Awarded By Air Force[…]

UK buys 3 radar E-7 planes for 90% of the price of original 5, creating huge capability gap, shows how broken procurement is

The United Kingdom’s deal to buy three, rather than the previously planned five Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Royal Air Force “represents extremely poor value for money” and “an absolute folly.” Those are among the conclusions of a report published today by the U.K. Defense Committee, a body Read more about UK buys 3 radar E-7 planes for 90% of the price of original 5, creating huge capability gap, shows how broken procurement is[…]

Space Force doesn’t want HQ in anti-abortion Alabama, so their congressman Targets Air Force Funds

[…] President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly trying to reverse a decision to relocate the Space Command’s headquarters from Colorado to Huntsville, Alabama, largely due to concerns regarding the state’s strict anti-abortion law that was put into effect last summer. In December 2022, the Biden administration directed the U.S. Air Force to conduct a review Read more about Space Force doesn’t want HQ in anti-abortion Alabama, so their congressman Targets Air Force Funds[…]

Navy Carrier-Based Drones Will Be Able To Be Controlled By The Air Force

In a future fight, control of advanced drones belonging to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force could be passed back and forth between assets from either service as the situation demands. Uncrewed platforms are set to make up the majority of the Navy’s future carrier air wings, with up to 60 percent of all Read more about Navy Carrier-Based Drones Will Be Able To Be Controlled By The Air Force[…]

Cardboard drones running open source software take flight

An Australian engineering company has created a cardboard drone that runs on open source software, standard hardware, and can be assembled and flown with no prior experience. The Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS) costs less than $3,500 apiece, a price made possible by the craft’s use of FOSS and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. Michael Partridge, SYPAQ’s Read more about Cardboard drones running open source software take flight[…]

Nordic Air Defense Pact Combines Forces Of Hundreds Of Fighter Aircraft

To better cope with threats emanating from Russia, the countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have created a unified Nordic air defense alliance, pooling the resources of their air forces. They have upwards of 300 fighter jets between them as well as training, transport and surveillance fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Those four nations on Read more about Nordic Air Defense Pact Combines Forces Of Hundreds Of Fighter Aircraft[…]

Purported Chinese warships interfering with passenger planes

Australian airline Qantas issued standing orders to its pilots last week advising them that some of its fleet experienced interference on VHF stations from sources purporting to be the Chinese Military. The Register has confirmed the reports. The interference has been noticed in the western Pacific and South China Sea. Qantas has advised its crew Read more about Purported Chinese warships interfering with passenger planes[…]

Chinese balloon part of worldwide fleet, US officials say

The US believes a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down over its territory is part of a wider fleet that has spanned five continents. “The United States was not the only target of this broader programme,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. […] Citing unnamed officials, the Washington Post reported that the US Read more about Chinese balloon part of worldwide fleet, US officials say[…]

More Details On China’s Exotic Orbital Hypersonic Weapon Come To Light

[…] This information was included in the Defense Department’s annual Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China report, more commonly known as the China Military Power Report (CMPR), which serves as an assessment of China’s current defense strategy and military capabilities. While the CMPR analyzes a wide array of Chinese military advancements, Read more about More Details On China’s Exotic Orbital Hypersonic Weapon Come To Light[…]

China’s Man-Made South China Sea Islands Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

New, highly detailed images of the artificial islands China has built in the South China Sea have emerged. They show the intricacies of the radar installations, airfields, and naval gun emplacements, among buildings and other structures, located there. Captured by photographer Ezra Acayan flying in an aircraft near the man-made fortresses in the Spratly Islands, Read more about China’s Man-Made South China Sea Islands Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before[…]

A Methodology for Quantifying the Value of Cybersecurity Investments in the Navy

RAND Corporation researchers developed and supported the implementation of a methodology to assess the value of resource options for U.S. Navy cybersecurity investments. The proposed methodology features 12 scales in two categories (impact and exploitability) that allow the Navy to score potential cybersecurity investments in the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) process. The authors include a Read more about A Methodology for Quantifying the Value of Cybersecurity Investments in the Navy[…]

 The TAK Ecosystem: Open SourceMilitary Coordination

In recent years you’ve probably seen a couple of photos of tablets and smartphones strapped to the armor of soldiers, especially US Special Forces. The primary app loaded on most of those devices is ATAK or Android Tactical Assault Kit. It allows the soldier to view and share geospatial information, like friendly and enemy positions, Read more about  The TAK Ecosystem: Open SourceMilitary Coordination[…]

First Laser Weapon For A Fighter Delivered To The Air Force

[…] A report today from Breaking Defense confirmed that Lockheed Martin delivered its LANCE high-energy laser weapon to the Air Force in February this year. In this context, LANCE stands for “Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments.” The recipient for the new weapon is the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, which is charged with Read more about First Laser Weapon For A Fighter Delivered To The Air Force[…]