We fight the battles no one hears about. We drop into the middle of firefights to rescue
others and act as one-man air traffic control towers. We’re the ones who go before all others. Join the fight.
The US air force in partnership with the strategic capabilities office conducted a flight test of a prototype conventionally configured ground launched ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base California the test missile exited it’s static launch stand and terminated in the open ocean after more than 500 kilometres of flight data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities The United States has tested a prototype Conventionally configured ground launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 12th The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500 kilometers The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award the joint government Industry team began work after the u.s. Suspended its intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launcher within nine months of contract award when the process typically takes 24 months the press release reads The test mark the second of a prototype conventionally configured ground-launched missile system since the u.s withdrew from the INF treaty in August on August 18 2019 SEO in conjunction with the US Navy Successfully demonstrated a prototype ground-launched cruise missile during a test at San Nicolas island California
We’re looking for somebody who can think
critically, process a problem, and then make a good decision based off of that. A
Combat Controller is generally sent out as a one-man attachment to a Special
Operations team. The role of a Combat Controller is to be the air-to-ground
liaison. You could be helping blow up IEDs, you could be manning artillery
pieces the next day, or a high altitude high opening jump trip. We’re not just a
weapon specialist or just a comm specialist or just a demo specialist;
we’re all of those things combined. There’s so many qualifications that we
have that you are constantly in a state of training. The Combat Control pipeline
is a two-year long pipeline. The first school that you go to is Combat Control
selection course, followed by Air Traffic Control school, SERE school, Airborne
school, and then Combat Control school. From there you’ll move to advanced
skills training. The most challenging part for me was stress inoculation week.
Stress inoculation is non-stop training back to back to back, very little sleep.
My advice to recruits coming in: prepare yourself physically. If you’re not
prepared physically, you’re not even going to graduate the first school to go
to the second. The Combat Control motto is “First There.” We’re the only Special
Operations force that has the air traffic control capability. We’re one of
the first people into Afghanistan to set up the airfield. As a Combat Controller,
you’re not always fighting the enemy. Combat Controllers deployed to Haiti
after the earthquake and they controlled hundreds of flights in and out of the
area. They were able to medevac wounded people out, fly in supplies, so we have
the qualification to fly or jump into an island to start working humanitarian aid.
That’s something that I love about this career field.
Our job is to bring that firepower to
the enemy and integrate everything that is air-to-ground and vice versa. TACPs are best utilized by other branches. We’re going to be working with the Army, the Marines, even potentially Navy. You’re going to be
relied upon as a sole individual to be the Communication specialist and that
joint fire specialist for potentially thousands of individuals.
Whatever’s flying you can talk to it. Whatever’s on the ground you can link up with it. TACPs are always working on radios
for communication, map skills for targeting, and knowing what’s the latest
and greatest. Our job while not deployed is to train as if you are deployed. That’s how you’re constantly developing your skills, so that once you do get downrange it’s second nature. When you want to become a TACP, you graduate Basic Training just as anybody else would, and you go on to the TACP schoolhouse.
After the TACP schoolhouse, you’ll continue on to survival training,
and once that’s completed you go on to your unit where
most of your training is going to be conducted. You’re going to find what you’re
truly made of both physically and mentally. If you have that mental fortitude to press on even when you think that your body is giving in then you’re going to make it. What motivated me to be a TACP initially was I wanted to be actively engaged in combat. I wanted to go and I wanted to fight
whatever enemy was opposing America. I wanted to be one of those individuals
who was doing some sort of specialty work. When we get downrange our job is not
only to take care of ourselves, but it’s to take care of our counterpart. It’s not just to bring the capabilities that we have;
it’s to quite literally pick up that extra weight. If we need to cross load and take some of the gear,
we’re going to do it. If there is somebody within that area of
operations that needs you, you’re going to be going. Tracking friendlies is the most important part of our job and ensuring that they get home from the battlefield.
We’re going to do whatever it takes to
get somebody out — to save their life. A pararescueman is basically a technical
rescue specialist as well as a combat medic that can either attach to another
Special Operations team or work in conjunction with other pararescuemen. Sometimes you’re going to be working with civilian personnel or other
agencies too, so being able to interoperate is really really important
for this job. One of the unique things about being a Pararescueman is that we spend 90% of our time on the ground. We do bring that capability of a greater
understanding of aircraft and how they work and how to infill and exfil out of them,
but most of our time is completing the mission on the ground. If I had to describe a pararescueman, I would say it is a mixture between a paramedic and
a firefighter, mixed with a rescue diver, mixed with a mountain rescue specialist. I love the mountains. That’s something that I’ve always been passionate about. I was also interested in medicine. This career field seemed to bring all them
together in kind of a unique and exciting way. There are a lot of stages
in the pararescue pipeline. Pipeline consists of a variety of schools that
give you the specialty skills. The training is the most difficult part of it all,
but it’s also the most fun. The motto of pararescue is “that others may live.” Whether it be going into the mountains, into the battlefield, diving under water, that’s our mission — to go and save
somebody’s life. You have the person that you’re rescuings life completely in your hands. It’s one of the greatest responsibilities
anybody can ever have.
U.S. Military’s Space-Based Sensor Layer
to Detect, Track and Eliminate Hypersonic Weapons. The Pentagon as it works to build a space-based
sensor layer capable of detecting, tracking and eliminate hypersonic weapons.
The Senate bill would put responsibility for development and deployment of the space-based
sensor layer squarely in the hands of the Missile Defense Agency. Furthermore, it would
require on-orbit testing of hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensors to begin
by December 31, 2021. In a Sept. 4 letter to the chairs of the House
and Senate Armed Services Committees, the Trump administration claims these provisions
“would limit DOD’s ability to establish the most cost-effective missile defense architecture
for the Nation.” The letter reveals the differing opinions
in Washington on which Department of Defense organization is best suited to steer the satellite
project. The White House claims it’s too early to
set a lead agency for a space-based sensor layer and to set design requirements. According
to the administration, the Missile Defense Agency is currently conducting an analysis
of alternatives while the Space Development Agency is building a prototype of a constellation
in low earth orbit that would host the space-based sensor layer.
The differing positions play into ongoing confusion from industry over who should have
custody of a space-based sensor layer. It also muddies how the Space Development Agency
relates to organizations such as the Missile Defense Agency, which is in charge of missile
defense, and the Air Force, which has and is building missile tracking satellites.
Currently, the hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensors appears to be a joint project
between Missile Defense Agency, Space Development Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA). “Missile Defense Agency is working with
the Space Development Agency, DARPA, and the U.S. Air Force to conduct prototype concept
design activities for a space-based missile tracking sensor system known as Hypersonic
and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor,” Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the former head of the
Missile Defense Agency, said in an April 3 hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“As part of an integrated multi-tier [overhead persistent infrared radar] enterprise architecture,
would detect and track additional and emerging threats using persistent infrared sensors.”
At a July industry day, Space Development Agency leaders further explained how the agencies
are working together on developing a space-based sensor layer. When faced with questions from
industry over the perceived overlap between the Space Development Agency and the Missile
Defense Agency, especially when it comes to hypersonic tracking sensors, Space Development
Agency, Acting Director Derek Tournear. “Space Development Agency is responsible
for developing and fielding capabilities,” he said. “This means that we will incorporate
any and all capabilities that fit our needs provided by whomever. This means we’ll team
with the Missile Defense Agency to help with missile tracking.
“The Space Development Agency does not want to build every satellite needed for the future
National Defense Space Architecture. There are many partners already developing capabilities,
which we can and will incorporate,” he added. In this setup, the Missile Defense Agency
would develop the actual sensors and inform the Space Development Agency on how they can
fit into their overall architecture; the Space Development Agency would be in charge of actually
fielding the satellites which will hold the Missile Defense payloads.
In the letter, the White House clearly claims that giving responsibility for development
and deployment of the space-based sensor layer to the Missile Defense Agency.
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Welcome back to my channel! Today I want to show you something very very very special It was the 4000th aircraft of the United States Air Force shot down by infantry guns of the Vietnamese army. This is an American Air Force F111-A aircraft A models were used for tactical bombing in Southeast Asia. It was shot down more than 37 years ago at 0:05 on October 17, 1972 You can see it hit a lot of bullets, maybe from AK guns, 12-mm guns There are many different bullet holes, big and small here In the following video I will show you an aircraft of the Vietnamese Air Force sponsored by Russia. which fought with US Air Force F111 by Russia. which fought with US Air Force
Air Force EOD is Explosive Ordnance
Disposal. When you’re deployed, nothing moves on roads if there’s bombs on those
roads. There’s ten mission sets that we perform. We spend a lot of our time here
in the United States clearing bombing ranges. We’re gonna be working on
aircraft. Sometimes that might be an aircraft that’s crashed, and we’re gonna
go out there, evaluate it, make it safe. You’re not always gonna find yourself in
the best situation. The feeling is very intense.
Taking the ordnance off the battlefield, taking care of improvised explosive
devices along the routes. We’re in charge of keeping people safe, anyone from an
Afghan villager all the way up to the President of the United States. I don’t
know of another job out there that’s as diverse as EOD. You’ll work with the FBI,
you’ll work with the ATF. You’re gonna be handling off-base response, as well as on-base response, doing route clearance to go clear caves or compounds.
I chose EOD in part because I wanted to be able to get into the fight, to
really feel like I contributed to all the efforts the Air Force has. When you get
into EOD, you’re at such a high level of responsibility. When you show up on
scene, anywhere you go, you are the expert in charge, and so you need to be able to
own the scene right away. teamwork is one of the most important
things an EOD Tech has. It’s important that you work together, you train
together, and that you feel comfortable and trust each other. It’s not just about
you anymore, it’s about the guy to your left and right. There’s no two problems
that are gonna be exactly the same. You just need to think on the fly with
whatever you have around you for a lot of our problems. One of the cool things
about being an EOD is the amount of fun toys we have at our disposal. Anything
from primitive tools to the latest and greatest robot technology and x-ray
equipment. Anywhere in the world that there could be a possibility of
explosives, Air Force EOD will be there. I have been to Bali, Burma, Colombia, Iraq,
Afghanistan… There’s literally nowhere in the world that you couldn’t end up going.
We are looking for a very specific type of individual. Somebody that is a problem
solver, somebody that loves adrenaline, but also somebody that it’s physically
fit. If you like to solve puzzles or if you
like to learn constantly, EOD is the right choice.
EOD is definitely the career field that will challenge you. It’s gonna
challenge you to those limits. It’s gonna push you to see kind of what you’re made of.
I’ve been embedded with foreign Special Forces, a US Special Forces. People put
these bombs out there to hurt them, and you’re able to render those devices safe.
The amount of gratitude these guys have for EOD, I can’t describe that in words,
like, it’s the most rewarding career field I can think of.
We weren’t always perfect, but looking
back, that was never our goal. We knew there was something better than
perfection: perseverance. We always strive to be the ones who could come up with
faster and smarter ways of doing things. That mindset is probably what led us to
the Air Force. Our competitive spirit found a home here, but we had no idea how
far it would take us. Times of conflict challenged us in ways we had never
experienced and pushed us to create solutions the world had never seen.
We weren’t fearless or invincible. We were just driven enough to find the
answers that would make us victorious. Today we face a new set of challenges. In a world defined by silent threats and
invisible attacks, we need to embrace the unknown more than ever. The next
groundbreaking ideas belong in the hands of whoever creates them first. And it has
to be us. Second place is not an option because satisfaction with the status quo
is far more dangerous than trying to make a change and failing. So here’s your
wake-up call. We’re the greatest air force in the world today, but what about
tomorrow? Our enemies aren’t sleeping and neither can we.
Wake up your inner inventor. Ignite that flame of curiosity. And please, question
the way things are done because there’s always a better way. Be inspired by the
innovations happening right now: body armor made from unconventional
materials, 3d printed parts for our aircraft, and acquisition processes that
cut red tape and encourage collaboration. Every idea– big and small– has the
potential to keep us ahead of our adversaries. Some of history’s greatest
innovations started as quiet ripples. The Wright Brothers’ first flight only lasted 12 seconds and traveled 120 feet– 12 seconds and a hundred and twenty feet
that changed the world forever. Our entire Air Force stands on the
shoulders of those who had the courage to push new ideas forward and the
resilience to pull themselves up from lessons learned. Let’s embrace that
legacy of innovation and leadership let’s inspire those who follow us to
challenge the impossible and achieve the unimaginable. Leaders, empower your Airmen
to step forward and take risks without fear of failure, and Airmen, it’s up to you
to take that step. The tools for change are in your hands. “Excellence in all we
do” isn’t a demand for perfection. It’s a promise to always find a better
way. We fly, fight and win… together.
Aim high, Airman.