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The single largest topic is the global grounding of the F-35 LRIP fleet following the crash and burn of an F-35B at MCAS Beaufort two weeks ago, and the injury of the pilot during the ejection. The handful of feelgood stories and TNI hype cannot compete in the MSM with the realities of a defective design.

Some interesting reports on strategy and futures, a major directive on US TACAIR fleet readiness, updates on US Army recapitalisation, and Russian fighter futures planning – the Russians are making clever choices in recapitalising their TACAIR fleet, unlike the US and Allies who seem to be immersed in wishful thinking.

Capability / Strategy / History Publications

How Russian hybrid warfare changed the Pentagon’s perspective

As the Russians blitzed the Crimean region of Ukraine with cyberattacks, electromagnetic jamming and unmanned aerial systems, the U.S. military closely observed the battle tactics and recognized its need to transform.

Defense Intel Chief Worried About Chinese ‘Integration of Human and Machines’ – Defense One

The future of human performance is a research race, and the U.S. shouldn’t take its lead for granted, the DIA director says.

From Multi-Domain Battle to Multi-Domain Operations: Army evolves its guiding concept

The Army’s “Multi-Domain Battle” has undergone a metamorphosis that goes beyond just a name change.

The Army finally knows what it needs to help GPS-denied troops

The Army has finalized requirements for a mounted position, navigation and timing solution.

The Army wants to direct energy and information in more powerful ways

High-power lasers and hypersonic missiles are among the priorities of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command, according to the Technical Center’s director.

The Pentagon doesn’t know how much it is spending on AI

Auditing spending on artificial intelligence is a lot like auditing spending on software in general.

Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Go Down in Space (And How to Stop It) | The National Interest

Or is the U.S. military doomed if a great-power war occurs? Let’s not find out.

Mattis orders fighter jet readiness to jump to 80 percent — in one year

The order, handed down by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is a lofty one, considering the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets.

To up fighter readiness levels, Pentagon looks to retire older planes and fix supply chains

Fleets are going to have to get smaller to get healthier, it appears.

Air Force F-22 Raptor makes emergency landing in Alaska

The Air Force says a landing gear malfunction likely was the cause of an emergency landing of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet early Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

The Navy’s Lethal New Stealth Destroyer Is No ‘Battleship’ | The National Interest

And that could be a problem.

BBC Radio 4 – Today, Taking to the skies in an RAF Tornado

Taking to the skies in an RAF Tornado

What’s the rush? US Army races to get missile defense radar early

The Army is planning to rapidly prototype new radar to replace old Patriot air-and-missile defense sensor.

Breakthrough: Army Artillery Can Now Strike Targets at Twice the Range | The National Interest

Is U.S. Army Artillery progressing toward being able to outrange and outgun Russian and Chinese weapons?

Taking Sikorsky’s Scout Simulator For A Spin (Literally) « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

“It’s much more like a fighter aircraft than a helicopter,” Sikorsky’s test pilot tells me in the video as he maneuvers gleefully. “Whoa, warn me next time!” I say after a particularly nifty/nauseating roll.

The Army’s Next ‘Tank’ Could Look Like Anything

The Army is considering everything from four-legged walkers to traditional tank-like vehicles.

One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley

Combat Vehicle 90 – Wikipedia

Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) – Army Technology

Ajax (armoured vehicle) – Wikipedia

The Army’s SAW and M4 replacements will both fire this more accurate and deadly round

The new round will put soldier ranges out to 600 meters, twice as far as the effective range of the M4.

The U.S. Army Chose a New Bullet for Its New Rifles

This new rifle optic basically guarantees ‘one shot, one kill’

Israeli defense firm Smart Shooter showcased a new optical device for assault rifles that the company said guarantees rounds on target.

Man-packable kamikaze drones offer front-line tracking and strike packages

Single-use suicide drones are making their way to the battlefield.

This new approach to powering the soldier could transform capabilities

By powering all devices and using one processor, Army officials think the move could streamline and lighten kit for the individual soldier.

In the 1960s, America Planned to Nuke Russia and China Back Into the Stone Age | The National Interest

But what would have happened to the homeland is obvious.

FACT: The Navy Secretly Handed Over 150 Warships to Russia for an Invasion of Japan | The National Interest

Yes, this is true. We explain.

TASS: Military & Defense – Russian Aerospace Forces to get fifth-generation fighter jets on schedule — ministry

In February 2018 two T-50 were tested in Syria where they fired prospective operational-tactical cruise missiles

Russia To Order Improved Su-30 ‘Flankers’ | Defense News: Aviation International News

Russia is to add more Su-30SMs to the VKS inventory, and they are likely to have more power with avionics technology from the Su-35 and Su-57.

India Russia: Russia offers to upgrade Indian Su-30MKI along with its own Su-30SM – The Economic Times

Such a move would lead to cost effectiveness and bring in some technologies and systems which have been planned for the Su-30SM aircraft, said A.A. Mikheev, General Director of Russian Arms exporter, Rosoboronexport here on Friday.

UAWire – Delivery of Russian Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia falls through due to US sanctions

The implementation of the contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia has been postponed, reported the newspaper Kommersant, referring to two top managers of Russian defense companies and a source close to the government. “The contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets retains its legal force, but its implementation will be delayed,” the newspaper writes. According to Kommersant, the first jet was expected to arrive in October, but the US did not give Indonesia guarantees that it would not come under the restrictive measures because of this contract. “The Russian side also has difficulties. When implementing the contract, it was planned to use a credit line which was expected to be provided by a commercial bank. This could lead to grave consequences for the bank since the US will consider this loan as cooperation with Rosoboronexport (Russia’s arms exporter) and would impose sanctions against the bank,” Kommersant reported. “The situation is unpleasant but not critical. We are in constant contact with our Indonesian partners and are looking for ways out this situation,” the newspaper quoted the statement of a source. In mid-September, the Head of Indonesian Public Communication Center of Ministry of Defense Brigadier General Totok Sugiarto said that the Indonesian Air Forces hoped to receive the first two multi-purpose Su-35 fighters in 2019. According to him, the delivery would be done in three batches consisting of two, four and five jets. Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu stated that 50% of the contract value would be paid off by shipment of traditional export goods from Indonesia. The contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia was signed in February 2018. According to unofficial data, its cost is more than $ 1 billion. It was reported that Indonesia would receive a commercial loan from Russia for the purchase of fighters.

Lockheed’s Troubled F-35 Grounded by Pentagon After First Crash – Bloomberg

The U.S. Defense Department has temporarily suspended flight operations of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 after its first crash prompted inspections of the fighter jet fleet.

Pentagon grounds all F-35 fighter jets following crash — latest issue for costly program

Three U.S. military services and 11 international partners who participated in the program grounded all F-35 fighters on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a jet that crashed in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Pentagon Grounds F-35 Fighter Jet Fleet Following Crash – The New York Times

The decision to halt F-35 flights stems from what the military suspects is a faulty fuel tube installed in some of the fleet’s estimated 220 jets.

Pentagon temporarily grounds Fort Worth-made F-35s after crash prompts inspections | Business | Dallas News

Dallas News: your source for breaking news and analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and around the world. Read it here, first.

Pentagon Grounds All F-35 Fighter Jets After Crash

Investigators think there could be a problem with the fuel tubes across the U.S. fleet of 245 planes.

Pentagon grounds all F-35 fighter jets | TheHill

The Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 joint strike fighters is grounded after the jets’ fuel tubes were suspected to be the cause of a crash last month, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Military temporarily grounds all F-35s worldwide for inspections after September crash

All F-35 aircraft were temporarily grounded Thursday following the crash of one of its jump-jet variants in late September in South Carolina, according to a U.S. military statement.

RAF grounds many of its £120m F-35 fighter jets as experts probe faulty fuel line | Daily Mail Online

Aircraft are being examined to see whether they have a faulty fuel tube after the crash of a US Marine Corps F-35B in September.The Ministry of Defence said that trials of the F-35 were continuing.

Entire F-35 stealth fighter jet fleet grounded by military after crash in September | Fox News

The U.S. military has grounded the entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets following a crash in South Carolina last month while on a training mission, officials said Thursday.

Stealth Fighter Jet Grounded Globally After First-Ever Crash – Foreign Policy

The news will make it harder for the Pentagon to improve flight availability of key tactical aircraft.

The Pentagon is grounding all F-35s after the stealth fighter crashed for the first time last month | Business Insider

U.S. military suspends operations for F-35 fighter jets, citing safety concerns – The Washington Post

Officials are inspecting possible faulty engine fuel tubes after crash in South Carolina.

The Entire U.S. F-35 Fleet Is on Worldwide Stand Down

All US F-35s grounded worldwide

All F-35s have been grounded after common fuel tube problems found.

U.S. military temporarily suspends F-35 fighter jets after recent crash, citing safety concerns | National Post

Last month’s accident marked the first crash of an F-35 in the 17 years since Lockheed Martin won the competition for the fighter jet in October 2001

After crash, Pentagon says temporary pause in F-35 flights

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to other nations including Britain. About half the F-35s are believed to have the faulty tube, and they include aircraft owned by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. According to Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, some of the fighter jets have been inspected and are flying again.

US, Israel Suspend F-35 Flight Operations Worldwide – Military – Sputnik International

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has temporarily suspended all F-35 operations worldwide after the first-ever crash of the advanced fighter jet led investigators to suspect that a common problem exists with the jet’s fuel tubes, the Pentagon’s F-35 Lightning II Program said in a statement on Thursday.

Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 on Twitter: “Contrary to reports, all F-35 jets have not been grounded. We have paused some F-35 flying as a precautionary measure while we consider the findings of an ongoing enquiry. Flight trials from @HMSQnlz continue and the programme remains on schedule #F35 @thef35…”

Lord OKs F-35 Operational Test And Evaluation « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

PENTAGON: It’s official — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will begin operational test and evaluation next month, marking one of the most significant transitions for the closely watched program. Next summer, presuming no show stoppers appear during OTE, the program will move to full production. “On October 2, 2018, Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord convened an operational test readiness review, which assessed the readiness of the F-35 system and supporting resources required to execute the operational test plan,” her spokesman, Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, says in an email. “Ms. Lord certified readiness to enter operational testing after concurring with the F-35 Program Executive Officer’s recommendation on his plan to start mid-November.” I knew the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) had approved the move to OTE on Sept. 23, clearing the path for likely approval by Lord. But her decision also depended on any last-minute objections from Robert Behler, the congressionally-mandated Director of Operational Test and Evaluation. Behler has been much less oppositional in his language about the F-35 than his predecessor, but has continued the careful work of preparing what some call the largest, most expensive and most complex operational test in modern military history. What does this mean for the program? “Along with its first combat sortie last week, this demonstrates the maturation of the F-35 as the centerpiece of modern US aerospace power,” Dave Deptula, a member of the Breaking D Board of Contributors and head of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute, says in an email. This has been a huge two weeks for the world’s single biggest military program, as Breaking D readers know: First combat mission of a US F-35, a strike in Afghanistan by a Marine F-35B. (Israeli F-35As have already struck targets in Syria). The first crash of an F-35, another Marine F-35B, near Beaufort, S.C.. First takeoff and landing of an F-35B on Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth. Flight costs per hour plunge $12,000., a critical step towards reducing what the GAO once estimated would be a trillion-dollar cost to buy and operate the F-35 fleet over the decades. Lot 11 contract finally inked, with the cost of an F-35A, complete with engine, falling below $90 million for the first time. Now the entire program takes on the unique operational testing to which America submits its major weapons. One of the things to bear in mind about this is that much OTE data is shared with key international partners, continuing the unique transnational program management that has really distinguished this program from all its predecessors.

Marines connect F-35 jet to HIMARS rocket shot for first time

It’s the first time the Corps destroyed a target by connecting an F-35B with a HIMARS rocket shot.

Showdown: China’s J-20 Fighter vs. America’s F-35, Taiwan’s F-16 and Japan’s F-15 (Who Wins?) | The National Interest

So who would win a future battle for Asia’s skies? Read on.

Marines: The F-35 Is Like a Velociraptor That “Kills Everything” | The National Interest