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Strategy / History / Capability Ad Hoc Update (18)

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I’m really curious if the new Russian videos on their new hypersonic weapons are real and truly successfully tested.

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  1. Much interesting reading as the NDAA is finalized – air power has done well in several areas, although not as well as it needs to do to offset nearly two decades of neglect – note observations by LtGen Deptula;
  2. Very interesting reading on the ABMS and LRE, and the long-overdue death of the non-survivable JSTARS recap;
  3. GAO on USAF’s overstretched F-22 fleet (Bob Gates got it as wrong as wrong could be), F-15X proposal, UK Tempest proposal;
  4. Russian MoD videos on the new Wunderwaffe;
  5. More on AI and QC tech;

Strategy / History / Capability Publications

The Air Force Is Creating a System to Manage the Military’s Forces in War | The National Interest
The emerging system, planned to reach full maturity in the 2040s, is called Advanced Battle Management and Surveillance.
ABMS « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
What Does Future Of USAF Battle Management Look Like? – Association of Old Crows
US lawmakers favour ABMS over JSTARS recap in NDAA compromise | Jane’s 360
Key Points US lawmakers allow the US Air Force to pursue its ABMS effort instead of JSTARS recap ABMS is largely a concept with few details US House and Senate lawmakers agreed to allow the Air Force (USAF) to cancel its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation
Air Force’s New Battle Management System Will Be Based at Robins |
Robins Air Force Base has been selected to host an elite system, the Air Force announced Wednesday.
JSTARS recap is officially dead
The 2019 defense policy bill hands the Air Force a big win.
Capitol Hill Kills J-Stars Recap | Defense content from Aviation Week
Lawmakers are supporting an effort to terminate a multibillion-dollar effort to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging battle management command and control fleet, opening the door to expedite development of a long-planned battle management architecture that no longer depends on one aircraft. But Congress is not ready to relinquish its existing Boeing battle management aircraft quickly. An agreement between House and Senate negotiators on a fiscal 2019 defense policy bill requires the service to keep the fleet of 17 E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems (J-Stars) online for 10 years and also prevents the Air Force from retiring three Northrop Grumman E-8Cs. These measures will buy the Air Force time to develop its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). The bill requires approval by the Senate.
Congress Does Not Force J-Stars Recap | Defense content from Aviation Week

Homeland defense missions, organizational issues kneecap F-22’s potential, GAO says
The Air Force is facing challenges in providing mission-capable F-22s and the pilots necessary to fly them.
NEW CHROME360 SERIES | THE FUTURE OF AIR POWER | Phillips O’Brien – David Deptula – Lawrence Freedman
Up the Buy ASAP: Fixing American Airpower « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
Double the buy rate on F-35A starting in 2020 and plan on a minimum of 200 B-21 bombers built in rapid fashion. That will begin to get to the Air Force that America needs to meets the challenges of the future.
Opinion: Why Time May Be Ripe For UK Tempest | Aviation Week & Space Technology content from Aviation Week
The UK has a very important advantage in developing a new European combat aircraft.
New Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the US Air Force – Defense One
The single-seat jet is being built to shoot down enemy aircraft, pound targets on the air, and even hit ships at sea.
Here’s What We Know About the F-15X Super Eagle
The “new” jet is expected to be cheaper and carry more weapons than the F-35 but won’t replace the stealth fighter outright.
Bad Weather ‘Stormbreaker’ Bomb Enters Testing
The all-weather precision-guided bomb could enter service next year.
Northrop Grumman delivers BACN-equipped Global Hawk to U.S. Air Force – Defence Blog
Northrop Grumman has announced on 19 July that company delivered a Global Hawk autonomous aircraft carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) to the U.S. Air Force fleet. BACN – also developed by Northrop Grumman — is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, and other battlespace information from numerous sources. BACN bridges the gaps between those systems and extends communications among disparate users and networks to provide improved situational awareness. BACN has completed more than 10,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is the premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. Able to fly at high altitudes for greater than 30 hours, Global Hawk is designed to gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather – day or night. Global Hawk has amassed more than 200,000 flight hours with missions flown in support of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, and the greater Asia-Pacific region. The system provides an affordable and flexible platform for multiple sensor payloads to be used together, delivering mission-critical information to various users around the world. Tags:
Raytheon contracted to conduct flight test demonstrations for the JSOW-ER Phase 3a missile – Defence Blog
Raytheon Company Missile Systems has been awarded a $10 million contract to flight test demonstrations for the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) low-cost, air-to-surface glide missiles, announced on 19 July by the Department of Defense (DoD). According to the statement, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $10,6 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0059) to conduct flight test demonstrations for the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) Phase 3a development, including hardware and software modifications. The Joint Standoff Weapon is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground glide missiles that employ an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and thermal imaging infrared seeker. The JSOW-ER is a powered variant, where “ER” is for “extended range”. The contract also includes hardware and software modifications with laboratory and ground testing to the existing JSOW AGM-154C-1. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in July 2019. The extended range version is operated by a Hamilton-Sundstrand TJ-150 engine. The engine can be easily integrated on the back section of the JSOW, and provides an extended range of 300nmi. JSOW-ER will increase range from 130 to 560 kilometers. The engine engages upon safe separation, then uses a 100:1 ratio glide to about 15,000 feet. It can also be fired at low altitude, flying over 200 miles at wave-skimming altitudes on full engine power.
The U.S. Army Is Learning to Take Out Warships Again
Adversaries with powerful, capable navies are forcing the Army to look seaward again.
The U.S. Navy Has a New Plan to Find Deadly Mines in a War | The National Interest
The now-operational technology, called Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS), enables efficient, high-speed shallow water mine detection for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.
Opinion: Why Time May Be Ripe For UK Tempest | Defense content from Aviation Week
The UK has a very important advantage in developing a new European combat aircraft.
Watch a Gripen jet drop a GBU-12 bomb to stop a forest fire in Sweden – Business Insider
The Swedish pilot dropped the GBU-12 so that the bomb would cut the fire at a certain distance from the impact point: a fire requires oxygen, heat and fuel….
Congress puts electronic warfare in its crosshairs
Congress hopes to bolster the Defense Department’s strategic posture in an area of increasing strategic importance.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense releases videos showing off new hypersonic weapons
Russia’s Ministry of Defense released videos on Thursday showing new strategic weapons, most of which the U.S. cannot currently defend against. The weapons displayed in the videos are a significant addition to the Kremlin’s arsenal, which already has more nuclear weapons than other countries, according to estimates. The new videos come on the heels of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
Russia just released videos of its next generation of nuclear weapons — Here’s what we know | Business Insider
The Russian Ministry of Defence released on Thursday videos of five new weapon systems, which Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged would render make US missile defences “ineffective” in a March address.
Ракетный комплекс «Сармат» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Sarmat ICBM system shall be deployed simultaneously with slow decommissioning of its predecessor – Voevoda missile system
Океанская многоцелевая система «Посейдон» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Trials are underway to verify dynamic characteristics of the vehicle at the training grounds of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Крылатая ракета с ядерным двигателем «Буревестник» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 At the same time, preparation and launching means are being developed; technological processes for manufacturing, assembling and testing are being improved.
Авиационный ракетный комплекс «Кинжал» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 During the exercise, personnel worked out planning, preparing and joint operating of Kinzhal missile systems and Tu-22m3 long-range bombers
Ракетный комплекс «Авангард» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 The Avangard missile complex is being commissioned at the Dombarovsky Strategic Missile Forces base
Боевой лазерный комплекс «Пересвет» – YouTube
Минобороны России Published on Jul 19, 2018 Necessary infrastructure is prepared for combat alert at the sites, special facilities have been constructed to house hardware and standby shifts.
Russia’s New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus

‘The best piece of legislation’ in DC is about quantum computing
Rep. Will Hurd warned that Russia and China are sucking up encrypted communications in the hopes of retroactively reading them after they achieve encryption-breaking quantum computing capabilities.
Quantum computing explained
Eric Hay of Quantum Xchange
Top Air Force intel officer: In AI, if you’re not first, you’re last.
The Air Force is recognizing the need to harness the power of automation to outpace advancing threats.
How Congress wants DoD to tackle AI and machine learning in 2019
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act includes funding to the Air Force and the establishment of an independent commission on artificial intelligence.
Pentagon Accepting Bids for Its Controversial $10 Billion War Cloud – Defense One
The Defense Department will stick to a single cloud provider for its JEDI cloud contract.
Strategic Command will now oversee nuclear communications
The communication system which keeps the president in touch with the nuclear triad during a crisis will now be the responsibility of the head of U.S. Strategic Command.
This new antenna networks UAVs to expand battlefield comms
The antenna tracks and rotates to follow mobile ad hoc network connected platforms in the air, supporting high data rates, video and voice communications up to 130 miles.
Marines Test New Drone Swarms a Single Operator Can Control – To Inform is to Influence
A swarm of drones is much more capable than a single drone, with overlapping, supplementary, and complementary sensors.  Offensive Electronic Warfare is but one of many capabilities a swarm can do.   The secret, not in this article, but discussed as far back as 1996, is “relative positioning” and ‘swarm networking’.   As we move closer to…
How the Five Eyes Can Harness Commercial Innovation – Defense One
Here are a few concrete ways to get this alliance’s vibrant commercial technology sectors to address common national-security concerns.
China’s Robot Subs Will Lean Heavily on AI: Report – Defense One
The leader of the classified 912 Project gives a rare interview. The question, as always, is why.
PT Pindad close to starting modern medium-weight tank production – Defence Blog
Indonesian defence company PT Pindad is nearing serial production of the modern medium-weight tank production called Kaplan MT (Medium Tank) developed jointly by Turkish company FNSS. PT Pindad has announced that company is close to starting Kaplan MT production at a new factory in Indonesia, which series production expects will begin in 2019.
Footage of a Tense Aerial Battle During the Falklands War – YouTube
Smithsonian Channel Published on May 5, 2017 It’s 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting damaged ships. Suddenly, Argentine Skyhawks appear on the horizon and a fight ensues.