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As Aircraft Continue To Fall From Sky, Pentagon Insists ‘Not A Crisis’

Nine military aircraft have crashed in the past month killing 16 U.S. servicemembers, but the Pentagon said on Thursday it “is not a crisis” because the accidents involved different aircraft from various services, each of which has its own issues. “This is not a crisis, but it is a crisis for each of these families […]

Defense Department Plans Dedicated AI Development Center Within Six Months

The Defense Department plans within six months to establish a laboratory dedicated to artificial intelligence, which Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said is the key to saving billions of dollars by streamlining the Pentagon’s business and computing systems. Currently under the supervision of Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s pursuit […]

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Testing Complete, Marines To Choose Amphibious Combat Vehicle In June

Following a record-short three months of operational testing, the Marine Corps is tabulating the performance of two Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV) and plans to choose one for its next swimming troop transport sometime in June. Testing non-developmental vehicles outfitted with mature technologies against consistently stable requirements allowed the Marine Corps to proceed on an “aggressive […]

Mattis: Future ‘Maritime’ Defense Strategy Calls For More Ships Sooner

Defense Secretary James Mattis supports further increases to the Pentagon’s shipbuilding budget because the military is planning to adopt a maritime-based strategy to defend the United States homeland, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 26. “I believe we’re moving toward a more maritime strategy in terms of our military strategy to defend […]

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., brief reporters on the current U.S. air strikes on Syria during a joint press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2018. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Mattis: Future ‘Maritime’ Defense Strategy Calls For More Ships Sooner

Defense Secretary James Mattis supports further increases to the Pentagon’s shipbuilding budget because the military is planning to adopt a maritime-based strategy to defend the United States homeland, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 26. “I believe we’re moving toward a more maritime strategy in terms of our military strategy to defend […]

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, secure their Battalion headquarters in a M1 Abrams Tank, during Decisive Action Rotation 17-04 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. JD Sacharok, Operations Group, National Training Center)

Lawmakers Want Army To Speed Armored Vehicle, Helicopter Upgrades

Recognizing the Army’s need to upgrade or replace its ground vehicles and aircraft for future combat, House lawmakers will ask for plans to accelerate both the modernization of its armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) and the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort to develop a next-generation helicopter. In its mark of the fiscal 2019 National Defense […]

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Defense Department Plans Dedicated AI Development Center Within Six Months

The Defense Department plans within six months to establish a laboratory dedicated to artificial intelligence, which Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said is the key to saving billions of dollars by streamlining the Pentagon’s business and computing systems. Currently under the supervision of Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s pursuit […]

Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) Patrick M. Shanahan speaks to Keystone class 18-1 at the Pentagon, March 13, 2018. Keystone educates Command Senior Enlisted Leaders serving in or slated to serve in general or flag officer level joint or service headquarters. DSD Shanahan spoke about the Secretary’s lines of effort for the department. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Shanahan: Giant Cloud-Computing Contract Not ‘Winner-Take-All’

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is defending plans to award a single contract for migrating its information technology service to a cloud, because the award is not, in fact, a sole-source deal. The first company to snag an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract through the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) initiative will perform cloud migration […]

Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM For First Time In Syria Strikes

Of the 105 weapons fired by U.S., British and French forces against Syria on April 14, 19 were a new version of the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles that had never previously been fired in combat. The JASSM missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. The air-launched cruise missiles have […]