Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions flight load an AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during an integrated combat turn training event at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 3, 2021. The AIM-120D AMRAAM has been used in service since 1991, and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

More drones, more problems? The Air Force needs additional missiles for collaborative combat aircraft

SASC Chairman Sen. Jack Reed said fielding these types of uncrewed systems "would compound our missile problem."
A U.S. soldier of 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), communicates over the radio during Saber Junction 18 at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 23 , 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dhy’Nysha Shaw)

Ukraine-Russia war teaching US military a lesson about secure communications

The ongoing conflict demonstrates the need for secure battlefield communication and the potential for soldiers to undermine it.
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he gives remarks on providing additional support to Ukraine’s war efforts against Russia from the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. Alongside a new supplemental aid request to the U.S. Congress, President Biden proposed turning assets from Russian oligarchs seized through sanctions into funding to rebuild Ukraine. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

White House wants $550M for new critical munitions acquisition fund

The initiative is part of a broader request for $33 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine.