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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Finish Force Structure Review In August

The U.S. Air Force is studying how many more fighters, bombers and other aircraft it might need to counter growing threats from China and other potential adversaries, service leaders said April 24. The force structure review, which is due to be finished in August, is designed help the Air Force determine what its size should […]

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch (Air Force photo)

B-21 Bomber Making Progress On Software, Air Force Says

Software deliveries have begun for the U.S. Air Force’s future B-21 Raider bomber, a service official said late April 18. “We’ve delivered the first set of software for the platform, and we’re going through that,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy in the Air Force acquisition office. “And we’re getting set up for the next set […]

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.). (Photo courtesy of office of Rep. Bridenstine.)

Senate OKs Rep. Bridenstine To Lead NASA

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as NASA’s 13th administrator April 19, ending a months-long stalemate over his controversial nomination. The 50-49 party-line vote came a day after the Senate voted, 50-48, to limit debate on the nomination. It also came three days after Vice President Mike Pence, while speaking at the […]

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Senate Passes DHS Bug Bounty Program Bill

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to create a program for hackers to infiltrate Department of Homeland Security networks with the aim of discovering software vulnerabilities before malicious actors can carry out their own cyber attacks. The bipartisan Hack Department of Homeland Security Act (S.1281), sponsored by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman […]

Wicker Expects Schultz To Be Confirmed As Next Coast Guard Commandant

At the conclusion of a Senate hearing on Tuesday to consider the nomination of Vice Adm. Karl Schultz to be the next Commandant of the Coast Guard, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) who chaired the confirmation hearing, said he expects the Schultz to be confirmed. “I think it’s safe to say that the prospects of your […]

DISA headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md. Photo: Army.

Key Lawmaker Proposes Ditching DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) would be scrapped under a Department of Defense streamlining bill unveiled April 17 by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry’s proposed “Comprehensive Pentagon Bureaucracy Reform and Reduction Act” would eliminate DISA by Jan. 1, 2021, and transfer its functions to U.S. Cyber Command and […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles. And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle […]

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Navy Eyes Second Flight Test For DoD Hypersonics Program

The U.S. Navy is preparing to conduct a second flight experiment of a hypersonic glide vehicle for the Department of Defense’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program, which aims to develop non-nuclear hypersonic weapons, according to a service official. The first flight experiment (CPS FE-1), which the Navy conducted Oct. 30 from the Pacific Missile Range […]

The U.S. Air Force's A-10. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Nears Releasing RFP For New A-10 Wings

A request for proposals to build new wings for the aging but heavily used A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft is slated to be issued in the current April-to-June quarter, service officials said April 12. The A-10 fleet consists of 282 aircraft, of which 173 have already received new wings. When the Air Force was considering […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Army photo)

DoD May Form Joint Office On Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Department of Defense, which is trying to improve the military’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, is considering setting up an entity to focus on AI, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said April 12. “We’re looking at a joint office where we would we concentrate all of DoD’s efforts, since we have a number of AI efforts […]