The US Space Force could operate a thousand satellites by 2026

We now know a little more about the means that the new US Space Force intends to have, and these are simply impressive! During a conference held the day before yesterday at the Pentagon, the director of the Space Development Agency Derek Tournear revealed that he intended to deploy several dozen military satellites of a new type from 2022, for a total capacity of nearly 1000 satellites. from 2026. Figures that seem out of proportion for a military program, but which in reality denote a radically new conception of military space. Traditionally, military communication and surveillance satellites – in particular anti-missile – are…

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Lockheed-Martin to Replace F35 ALIS Maintenance System

During the first years of the F35 program, the automated maintenance supervision system ALIS for Autonomic Logistics Information System, was presented as the Holy Grail of military aeronautical maintenance. As is often the case with revolutionary new computer systems, the reality quickly deviated from the initial ambitions. Delays in the delivery of spare parts, poor inventory management, excessive information transmitted to the American manufacturer and observed work overloads quickly deteriorated the image of the software, to the point of now being considered one of the main obstacles to improving aircraft availability. To respond to these criticisms, Lockheed will design a new, more operational system,…

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Solar drones, airships, micro-satellites: These technologies to overcome the loss of satellites

The Italian aeronautics and defense group Leonardo has announced that it has invested in the American-Spanish company Skydweller Aero Inc, which specializes in the design of solar-powered drones, in order to design the first solar-powered drone capable of carrying a significant load over a period of time. , and almost unlimited distances. Among the many advantages of this technology, Leonardo highlights the role it could play in restoring services and infrastructures after a massive disaster, natural or not, and in particular in the event of the destruction of communication networks or the satellites, which today provide a large number of services essential to action...

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Radio CONTACT: France enters the era of collaborative air-land combat

Last week the Army announced the allocation of the new CONTACT radio, developed by Thalès, to replace the PR4G. If the Army is the first to perceive this new capacity, the Air Force and the National Navy will soon follow. And for good reason, the Contact radio is one of the basic bricks of future combined arms and joint collaborative combat doctrines. Deployed at the tactical level, the CONTACT radio is no less part of a strategic perspective for our armies, because the real major innovation of the SCORPION program does not lie so much in the renewal of equipment in the French army as…

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Should Western countries prepare for the “day after” of a massive cyber attack?

In an article published on the Defenseone.com website, Dr. Samantha F. Ravish, holder of the Cyber ​​and Technological Innovation Chair of the Defense and Democracy Foundation, calls for the urgent creation of a plan for the resumption of economic activity and social security of the United States, in the event of a massive cyber attack, referring to the "The Day After" plan that the Pentagon developed during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack on the entire American territory. Indeed, many beams today point to the growing and now sufficient capacities of countries such as China or Russia, to carry out global cyber operations against…

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The cyber security of Western satellites could be compromised

According to a report by the highly reputable British Think Tank Chatham House, satellites used for defense purposes by Western nations should all be considered as potentially compromised in the planning of weapons systems and technologies employing these systems. A complementary report also points out the vulnerabilities of Western missile systems, whether strategic, anti-aircraft defense or tactical. In these reports, the Think tank draws up an uncompromising assessment of the weaknesses in cyber warfare that characterize the use of satellite communication and location systems which, very often, have mixed civilian and military vocations, so...

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Huawei case: the point on the China-US arm wrestling and its consequences for the defense

After having first issued a presidential decree to prohibit the purchase by American companies of technologies developed by Huawei, the American Department of Commerce finally grants a reprieve of 3 months to the Chinese manufacturer. On the surface, these changes of course may have led one to believe that the American government was sailing by sight. However, Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would not close the possibility of including the Huawei case in the negotiations for a trade agreement with China. Despite the firmness of the measures adopted, the United States reveals its hand: exploiting the Huawei affair to establish a favorable balance of power in the trade war waged against…

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US Air Force receives new extreme high frequency communications satellite

While the vulnerabilities of communication systems such as satellite tracking have been widely exposed during friction between Russia and Western forces, the US Air Force has officially taken control of the 4th satellite of the AEHF[efn_note]Advanded program Extremely High Frequency[/efn_note], intended to provide an enhanced and jam-resistant communication capability to US, but also Canadian, British and Dutch forces. The AEHF program aims to deploy 6 satellites in geosynchronous orbit, each satellite offering a communication capacity superior to all the satellites of the Milstar program, and allowing the forces to exchange information such as voice,…

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The Great Firewall of China has been updated

On April 31, 2019, the Chinese government updated its major national firewall to put an end to the use of VPNs by its citizens. VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are widely used in China to circumvent state control. Basically, a VPN establishes a secure and virtually direct channel between two networks. Typically, it encrypts data in transit and replaces the user's IP address. By thus ensuring the security and confidentiality of information, it allows the Chinese to evade surveillance and circumvent state censorship to access the content they want. With this evolution, they are…

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AI demystified: AI and Defense

#AI here, IA there, IA do you want some here… For the past few months, the term “IA” (Artificial Intelligence) has invaded the world of Aeronautics & Defense. But what is it exactly? It would be presumptuous to want to cover all aspects related to the changes brought about by AI. This is not the purpose of this series of 2 articles. Similarly, I will ignore certain constituent aspects of AI (eg neural system, etc.) but which are not important for the subject of these articles. From CAD software to Terminator, via your Smartphone and DeepBlue or AlphaGo, there are many modes…

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