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DoD Weighing ‘Potential Improvements’ In Cruise Missile Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering “potential improvements in cruise missile defense” as part of its ballistic missile defense review, according to a nominee for a high-level Pentagon job. “If confirmed, I look forward to participating in this review and examining potential additional capabilities,” said John Rood, President Donald Trump’s pick to be undersecretary […]

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Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Lockheed Resumes F-35 Deliveries After One-Month Suspension

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to its U.S. and foreign customers after a production quality problem halted those transfers for a month. The problem surfaced when a small amount of corrosion was found under a fuselage panel of an F-35A, the fighter jet’s conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant, during routine maintenance at Hill Air […]

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A materials researcher examines experimental data on the ARES artificial intelligence planner. The ARES Autonomous Research System, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, uses artificial intelligence to design, execute and analyze experiments at a faster pace than traditional scientific research methods. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo)

China Plans To Dominate Artificial Intelligence By 2030, Alphabet Chief Says

Without serious investment in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, China will catch up with the U.S. in that sector in three years and by 2030 will dominate the global market for self-learning computers, according to Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. [GOOG] and chair of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB). “A month ago, China actually […]

An Afghan flag flies over an observation post, Pekha Valley, Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Matthew DeVirgilio)

As Taliban Gains Ground In Afghanistan, Military Classifies More Info About Longest U.S. War

The Pentagon is shrouding more and more information on Afghanistan from public view as the Taliban makes historic gains in the 16-year-old war, according to the watchdog overseeing U.S. reconstruction funding to that nation. For the first time, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) classified information on the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) that was previously […]

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Former NASA Chief Tapped As Number-Two Pentagon Weapon Buyer

A former NASA administrator has been tapped by the Trump administration as the deputy chief weapon buyer for the Pentagon. Michael D. Griffin on Oct. 27 was nominated to become the next principal deputy undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin will report directly to Ellen Lord, who […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Sustainment Woes Hurting Readiness, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is experiencing spare parts shortages and other sustainment problems that are hurting the readiness of the fighter jets, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Squadron officials at multiple F-35 locations that we visited expressed enthusiasm for the unique […]

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Defense Innovation Board: Optimize Pentagon For Speed, Not Cost

As a 20th century organization designed to acquire weapons and fight wars at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers, the Defense Department is rigidly hierarchical, bureaucratic and stifling to the sorts of innovation it sees as critical to fighting future wars. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), which met Oct. 24 outside Washington, D.C., is tasked […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

DoD To Conduct ‘Deep Dive’ To Make F-35 More Affordable

The U.S. Department of Defense is launching a “deep dive” with industry to look for ways to further cut the cost of the F-35 Lightning II, a DoD official said Oct. 23. “We’ve got the team assembled, we know what we want to accomplish, and we’re getting ready to go to work,” said Shay Assad, […]

An E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft in the foreground shadowed by a F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo by Boeing.

Electronic Warfare Needs More Attention, Lawmakers Say

Two electronic warfare (EW) advocates have urged the Department of Defense to pay more attention to EW to ensure the U.S. military keeps its edge in that area. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), a retired Air Force brigadier general and former EW officer who sits on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said Oct. 11 that the […]