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US says Rafah attack will threaten ceasefire talks as Biden threatens to cut off more aid to Israel

Associated Press

The United States warned on May 9 that Israel would hand Hamas a strategic victory if it goes ahead with plans for an all-out assault on Rafah, the militants’ last major stronghold in Gaza. The warning was backed up by a new threat from President Joe Biden: He says he will withhold more offensive military aid to Israel if it goes ahead with the operation in the city, which shelters more than 1 million civilians.

Opinion: Space Economics 101: Why Refueling Math Doesn’t Work

SpaceNews

“U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman told lawmakers at a recent hearing that the service is struggling with the math of satellite refueling. And we can’t blame him,” wrote Charles Beams, chairman of both York Space Systems and SpiderOak, as well as the SmallSat Alliance.

Former Korean Air 747s are slated to become USAF doomsday planes

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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), which won the contract to build the US Air Force’s highly specialized Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) aircraft just last month, has purchased five Boeing 747-8s from Korean Air. It seems certain that they will become successors to the Air Force’s aging 747-200-based E-4B Nightwatch “doomsday planes,” although at this point we still don’t know exactly how many new SAOC aircraft there will be. on the square.

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The AFSOC Autonomy Effort seeks to connect MQ-9s to drone swarms

Aviation Week

After demonstrating that a single aircraft can control multiple General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) MQ-9, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is trying to demonstrate that Reapers can, in turn, launch smaller drones.

The Pentagon is preparing a Build-a-Cloud program for defense agencies

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The Pentagon’s IT agency wants to make it easier for defense organizations to build their own cloud solutions. So he’s launching a program to demystify the process. The program, called DOD Olympus, will be a ready-to-use kit for defense agencies to seamlessly launch commercial cloud solutions.

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A mother speaks out after the Air Force rescued her son from a cruise ship

ABC News

Angela Bridges was on the Carnival Venezia cruise ship with her family, including son Aiden, en route from the Caribbean to New York when she became seriously ill at the hands of the on-board medical team. … The ship was off North Carolina and more than 350 nautical miles from the coast when the critical medical incident occurred. The Air Force’s 920th Rescue Wing, consisting of two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft, and two teams of combat rescue officers and paramedics, flew to the ship’s position to safely remove the patient for transport. to the nearest competent medical center.

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