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More than 500 additional drones and HIMARS heading to Ukraine under latest US assistance package
Plans also include long-term discussions about what future Ukrainian pilots might use.

China more aggressive and dangerous for the United States and its allies, according to Milley
China’s military has become much more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years, General Mark Milley said during a trip to the Indo-Pacific.

High-level US delegation visits Kyiv and pledges continued support
A high-level US congressional delegation met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on July 23 and promised to try to secure continued support in the war against Russia.

Company

The future of autonomous flight is highlighted at the Farnborough Airshow
The future of defense aviation is self-sustaining, aerospace industry leaders have repeatedly said at two air shows in England this month – and it’s coming soon.

Successful HAWC Test Doesn’t End DARPA’s Scramjet Hypersonic Efforts
DARPA will continue to work on its Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) missile, even though the program for which it is supposed to be a technology scout is already in source selection.

Colorado State’s Newest Firefighting Tool, Turning a Black Hawk into a Firehawk
Sitting in a Centennial hangar is a far from airworthy Black Hawk helicopter. Its electronic guts hang in the cockpit. Its floors are torn. Its seats might as well be on a beach somewhere.

Boeing says ready to help USAF ‘expedite’ E-7 delivery before 2027 deadline
The Air Force’s aging E-3 Sentry fleet is stretched thin. The service has already requested in the 2023 budget to retire half of the fleet, and its replacement, the E-7 Wedgetail, has been selected.

Defense

New DOD ID cards are finally compatible with TSA security
Over the past two years, holders of the new cards have had to produce another form of identification at many airports because the barcodes on the IDs were incompatible with the TSA’s scanning system.

Inside the Pentagon brawl over the future of the fleet
At various times this year, Pentagon and Navy leaders have proposed the five figures as the Navy’s desired size, the result of a high-stakes — and still heated — internal battle between top Navy leaders, the Marine Corps and Pentagon.

After setting an ultra-endurance record, the Army Zephyr drone continues to fly whether it likes it or not
The high-flying unmanned aerial vehicle has been above Arizona for more than a month, living on batteries, solar power and a prayer.

Aviation accidents are on the rise again. Are ongoing safety and training issues to blame?
A series of military aircraft crashes in recent months again raise questions about the Pentagon’s approach to security and training across all branches of the military.

Veterans

Aerospace engineer and black WWII veteran falsely labeled a mutineer dies at 101
Bernard Benedict James was convicted of mutiny and insubordination, a black soldier who dared to question a senior white officer. His family has spent decades trying to clear his name.

This WWI battlefield is on fire and exploding 100-year-old munitions
The war to end all wars has not finished ravaging the continent.

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