Some will respond by pointing out that people who can barely afford to buy gas at all get hammered when its price is high, and they need some help. I agree completely. But focusing on the price of gasoline obscures the larger social issue. The problem is rising income and wealth inequality, which makes everything harder to afford, including housing, food, and, yes, gasoline. Unlike housing, however, as the graph above shows, gasoline prices haven’t actually risen much in real terms over the last 17 years. What we need to address is the everything affordability crisis for people being left behind, with stronger social programs, educational options, and job opportunities.
The US Army Applications Lab is seeking network-aided capabilities that would let soldiers know exactly where they are, how to get where they’re going and when to move on the battlefield, even when — especially when — they can’t depend on GPS.
The notice is part of a larger push in the Army to develop new tools for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) that allow soldiers to operate in extremely remote environment or in places where adversaries could interfere with GPS. Last week Breaking Defense reported about one potential option: the use of extremely detailed global 3D terrain mapping that would allow soldiers to know their position by analyzing their own surroundings.
Emirates and GE Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a programme that will see an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, powered by GE90 engines, conduct a test flight using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by the end of 2022.
Currently, SAF approved for use is a blend of petroleum-based Jet A or Jet A-1 fuel and an SAF component with a maximum blend limit of 50%. One of GE’s fuel experts chairs an international task force to develop standardised industry specifications supporting adoption of 100% SAF, which does not require blending with conventional jet fuel.
Airborne electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Boeing Co. are moving closer to deploying advanced electronic jammers for U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler EW jets under terms of a $14.5 million order announced Friday.
Boeing will provide engineering to complete the development of the NGJ-MB in support of the phased replacement of the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently mounted to the EA-18G aircraft. The Raytheon Technologies Corp. Intelligence and Space segment in El Segundo, Calif., designs and builds the NGJ-MB.
Radar experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will build a mobile advanced radar system to help pilots of the F-35 joint strike fighter learn to operate safely in hostile areas guarded by modern radar-guided surface-to-air missiles.
Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, announced a $80.7 million order on Friday to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Grand Prairie, Texas, to build five Advanced Radar Threat System – Variant 2 (ARTS-V2) systems, and for ARTS-V2 production option two.
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A Russian test of a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon has created a field of around 1,500 pieces of space debris, putting global systems and even the International Space Station at risk, the US government confirmed Monday afternoon.
For hours Monday, the Pentagon was careful not to confirm anything as rumors swirled — and expert sleuths poured over data — about Russia having knowingly created a new debris field by destroying on of its satellites. One military source told Breaking Defense it “looks like” the debris was caused by a ground-launched missile; that same source claimed around 1,500 pieces of debris have now been thrown wildly into orbit.
International air forces could learn a lesson from Netflix about how to use technology to decimate an enemy, the US Air Force’s top general told an audience of international air chiefs on Saturday.
After running Blockbuster out of business by offering DVD rentals delivered to customers’ doorstep, Netflix revolutionized media consumption by creating the first widespread movie streaming service, effectively turning a hardware product into a software product, said Air Force chief of staff Gen. CQ Brown.
Reusable super-high-speed aircraft and space launch systems are some of the capabilities being eyed for future Pentagon research into hypersonic technology, according to Gillian Bussey, director of the Defense Department Joint Hypersonics Transition Office.
The future of reusable hypersonic vehicles was just one topic in a wide-ranging overview of the Pentagon’s investment in hypersonic technologies, delivered by Bussey Nov. 15 during a speech at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ASCEND space conference. The speech provided perhaps the most comprehensive rundown to date of the various hypersonic programs underway at DoD.
“For the long term, we’re interested in reusable aircraft, as well as eventually systems that allow us to get access to space with hypersonics,” Bussey said.
The space industrial base is “tactically strong” with high levels of capital investment and innovation, but “strategically shallow” in that a lack of funding from US government agencies, including the Defense Department, puts sustainment of the current boom in question, according to a new study sponsored by the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit.
“While the pace of innovation and investment in the U.S. is at an all-time high, participants cautioned that this will not be sustained without strategic direction, robust adoption of commercial space capabilities expressed in meaningful contract opportunities, strategic workforce development, attention to fragile domestic supply lines, and addressing the anemic funding to prototype, validate and accelerate the adoption of innovative and disruptive space capabilities for national security,” the study finds (emphasis in original) [PDF].