Magazine article National Defense

Up Front

Magazine article National Defense

Up Front

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Space Force: Resistance is Futile

* It's no secret that Air Force leaders are opposed to the Space Force proposal, and that the service has many allies in Congress, which must write legislation creating the new military branch. But can the opposition resist the commanderin-chief's edict? One expert says "probably not."

"The resistance has been in the Senate," said Todd Harrison, the Center for Strategic and International Studies' space policy maven. "The Air Force has been saying, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, we don't want this.' So now if the Air Force's resistance is taken out of the equation because of what the president is directing, I'm not sure how much that resistance can hold in the Senate. So ... I think this increases the odds of something happening significantly."

Bring on the Bean Counters

* As for the army of contractors swarming over the Pentagon to conduct its first audit ever, Defense Secretary James Mattis had a message for those who work for him: don't be afraid.

"I know it's uncomfortable to get inspected. But this is what's necessary to maintain bipartisan support and the budgets we need," he told reporters.

"It's an army of auditors going through and taking our programs apart. ... I just sent a note out to everybody. I just said: 'We're going to invite the scrutiny. We're going to find the problems.'" There are some 2,400 auditors currently going through the U.S. military's books.

Live-Virtual-Constructive Training the Only Way

* Capt. David Kindley, the Navy's F/A-18 program manager, called the upcoming block III version of the Super Hornet "the Swiss Army knife of the future carrier fleet," capable of doing high-end air-to-air missions and lower-end bombing runs. …

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