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DARPA “Gunslinger”: Gun-Armed Tactical Cruise Missile

Included in DARPA’s 2021 budget request is funding for a program called “Gunslinger,” in which the research agency hopes to mount a gun system on a cruise missile.

The impact of a system with these capabilities could be huge, especially considering the increasing threat of hypersonic missile systems.

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B-1 Operations out of Qatar

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command's area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

A B-1B Lancer aircraft from the 34th Bomb Squadron departs from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 8, 2017. This departure marks the airframe’s first mission in the U.S. Air Force Central Command’s area of operations in more than two years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

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Osprey Over Las Vegas 2018

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, flies over the Las Vegas strip, July 31, 2018. The 20th SOS is at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participating in Red Flag 18-3. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, flies over the Las Vegas strip, July 31, 2018. The 20th SOS is at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participating in Red Flag 18-3. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, flies over the Las Vegas strip, July 31, 2018. The 20th SOS is at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participating in Red Flag 18-3. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

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RAAF KC-30 Refueling a USAF B-1 Lancer

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi-role Tanker Transport from RAAF Base Amberley provided refuelling operations for U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers in addition to RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers during Exercise Lightning Focus. The B-1B Lancers’ participation in this exercise was part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation program, which aims to increase the interoperability between Australia and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Farrah Kaufmann)

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Tanker Flight Crew Readiness Exercise with KC-135

A flight crew from the 171st Air Refueling Squadron enters a KC-135 Stratotanker during a readiness exercise at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 13, 2018. The 171st is a component of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

A flight crew from the 171st Air Refueling Squadron enters a KC-135 Stratotanker during a readiness exercise at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 13, 2018. The 171st is a component of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

A flight crew from the 171st Air Refueling Squadron enters a KC-135 Stratotanker during a readiness exercise at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 13, 2018. The 171st is a component of the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton)

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B-1 Short Final Into Australia

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, lands at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, Nov. 27, 2017. The two B-1B Lancers are participating in RAAF-led exercise Lightning Focus. Lightning Focus is the largest international air forces exercise in Australia. Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, the exercise is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers, strengthening military-to-military relationships with our allies and partners. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by LAC Jesse Kane)

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Paratroopers Wait to Board Their Ride – C-17 Globemaster III

Army paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, wait to board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III before conducting an airborne assault during exercise Arctic Anvil 19-01 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 9, 2018. Arctic Anvil 19-01 is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force training exercise designed to provide the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team a tough, realistic training event that validates their ability to fight and win as a combined arms team in preparation for their rotation at the Army’s National Training Center in California early next year. The exercise took place in the training areas surrounding Delta Junction and Fort Greely and involved approximately 6000 Soldiers and military personnel that also included about 400 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Army paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, wait to board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III before conducting an airborne assault during exercise Arctic Anvil 19-01 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 9, 2018. Arctic Anvil 19-01 is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force training exercise designed to provide the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team a tough, realistic training event that validates their ability to fight and win as a combined arms team in preparation for their rotation at the Army’s National Training Center in California early next year. The exercise took place in the training areas surrounding Delta Junction and Fort Greely and involved approximately 6000 Soldiers and military personnel that also included about 400 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Army paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, wait to board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III before conducting an airborne assault during exercise Arctic Anvil 19-01 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 9, 2018. Arctic Anvil 19-01 is a joint, multi-national, force-on-force training exercise designed to provide the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team a tough, realistic training event that validates their ability to fight and win as a combined arms team in preparation for their rotation at the Army’s National Training Center in California early next year. The exercise took place in the training areas surrounding Delta Junction and Fort Greely and involved approximately 6000 Soldiers and military personnel that also included about 400 paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

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C-17 with Debris Scattered Across the Ramp at Tyndall AFB

An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, California, sits on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft delivered a contingency response team to assess damage and establish conditions for the re-initiation of airflow, bringing much needed equipment, supplies and personnel for the rebuilding of the base in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. AMC equipment and personnel stand by across the nation to provide even more support upon request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, California, sits on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft delivered a contingency response team to assess damage and establish conditions for the re-initiation of airflow, bringing much needed equipment, supplies and personnel for the rebuilding of the base in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. AMC equipment and personnel stand by across the nation to provide even more support upon request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, California, sits on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 12, 2018. The aircraft delivered a contingency response team to assess damage and establish conditions for the re-initiation of airflow, bringing much needed equipment, supplies and personnel for the rebuilding of the base in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. AMC equipment and personnel stand by across the nation to provide even more support upon request. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno)

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Tyndall AFB Reopened by Air Force Special Tactics Squadron

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access Tyndall Air Force Base’s airfield, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018. Special Tactics are prepared to assess, open, and control major airfields to provide support during humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access Tyndall Air Force Base’s airfield, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018. Special Tactics are prepared to assess, open, and control major airfields to provide support during humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron access Tyndall Air Force Base’s airfield, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018. Special Tactics are prepared to assess, open, and control major airfields to provide support during humanitarian operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joseph Pick)

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B-2 Stealth Bomber Arrives in Hawaii

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Germaine McCall, aircrew flight equipment NCO in charge, 509th Operations Support Squadron, holds life support equipment upon arrival of a B-2 Spirit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, Aug. 28, 2018. Three B-2s returned to JBPHH to continue the Bomber Task Force mission after the threat Hurricane Lane passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Germaine McCall, aircrew flight equipment NCO in charge, 509th Operations Support Squadron, holds life support equipment upon arrival of a B-2 Spirit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, Aug. 28, 2018. Three B-2s returned to JBPHH to continue the Bomber Task Force mission after the threat Hurricane Lane passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Germaine McCall, aircrew flight equipment NCO in charge, 509th Operations Support Squadron, holds life support equipment upon arrival of a B-2 Spirit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, Aug. 28, 2018. Three B-2s returned to JBPHH to continue the Bomber Task Force mission after the threat Hurricane Lane passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

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Thunderbirds Delta Over Pacific Coast

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies along the Pacific Coast. The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Corkins)

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies along the Pacific Coast.  The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.  Ashley Corkins)

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies along the Pacific Coast. The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Corkins)

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Hercules Air Drop Over Alaska

An Alaska Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules conducts air drop qualification training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2018. When air drop training occurs, combat mobility technicians from the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron are called upon to operate as malfunction officers at the drop zone. In addition to scouting the drop zone area during a training, technicians are also responsible to recover the loads and parachutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins)

An Alaska Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules conducts air drop qualification training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2018. When air drop training occurs, combat mobility technicians from the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron are called upon to operate as malfunction officers at the drop zone. In addition to scouting the drop zone area during a training, technicians are also responsible to recover the loads and parachutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins)

An Alaska Air National Guard C-130J Super Hercules conducts air drop qualification training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2018. When air drop training occurs, combat mobility technicians from the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron are called upon to operate as malfunction officers at the drop zone. In addition to scouting the drop zone area during a training, technicians are also responsible to recover the loads and parachutes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins)

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F-15 Eagle First Time Landing in Ukraine

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

U.S. Airman watch as a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jet lands for the first time on Ukrainian soil to participate in CLEAR SKY 2018, Oct. 6. The exercise promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. The training at CLEAR SKY greatly improves interoperability among participating countries. The F-15C landed at Starokostiantyniv Air Base where the majority of the multinational exercise involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations will take place. ( U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

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Not a Usual Sight: F-15 & a Backdrop of Su-27s

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, 194th Fighter Squadron, Fresno Air National Guard Base, California, taxis past Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 Flankers during the Clear Sky 18 exercise at Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine, Oct. 9, 2018. Clear Sky 18 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Charles Vaughn)