Headlines – December 22 – Aerotech News & Review

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As the Taliban advanced on Kabul in August, US and coalition planes dramatically stepped up airstrikes
U.S. and coalition planes released 153 munitions into Afghanistan in August, the most since October 2020, as the United States and the now defunct Islamic Republic of Afghanistan desperately tried to repel the Taliban advance ahead of the withdrawal. American troops.

Russia calls for urgent US response on security guarantees
Russia said on December 20 that it urgently needed a US response to its broad security demands and again warned of a possible Russian military response unless it sees political action to allay his concerns.

Business

Next-generation missile defense interceptor designs pass key review ahead of schedule
Two next-generation interceptor designs under development in a competition to replace ground-based interceptors in America’s intercontinental ballistic missile defense system both passed key exams.

India fines French company Dassault Aviation for compensation delays
The Indian government fined French company Dassault Aviation last month for delays in compensation obligations that were part of a 2016 deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, Defense News has learned.

Defense

Likes, shares and posts now banned in Pentagon’s new anti-extremism policy
The Pentagon’s Extremism Task Force released its report on December 20.

DARPA invests in AI capable of translating instruction manuals into augmented reality
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $ 5.8 million contract to a team creating an artificial intelligence system capable of digitizing instruction manuals and converting that data into instructions for augmented reality systems.

Plan to ensure a minimum wage of $ 15 for all troops receives increased congressional support
All service members would be guaranteed at least $ 15 an hour in annual pay as part of a plan revived by a bipartisan group of House lawmakers ahead of next year’s budget debate.

Air Force hypersonic weapon struggles after failed third test
A recent booster flight test of the Air Force‘s flagship hypersonic missile failed for the third time, the service said on December 20.

Veterans

Veterans Affairs COVID cases since pandemic start surpass 400,000
The total number of coronavirus cases within the Department of Veterans Affairs health system since the start of the pandemic in America topped 400,000 over the weekend amid a further national surge in infections.

VA said it would cover gender affirmation surgeries. Trans vets are still waiting
In June, VA secretary Denis McDonough announced the department was preparing to cover gender affirmation surgery.


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