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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 Follow-On Development Contract Slips To June 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to award a major follow-on development contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in June 2019, about 10 months later than previously planned, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The slippage will give the F-35 program more time to finish its original, often-delayed development […]

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – A 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Soldier uses a Drone Defender to capture and control a drone as its flying, Mar. 6, 2018. The Drone Defender uses an electromagnetic pulse to disable its target and has a range of 600 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Brent Thacker)

New Military Bases Added To List of No-Drone Zones

Responding to a request to enhance unmanned aircraft flight restrictions over military bases, the FAA recently made the airspace over three new Defense Department facilities no-drone zones and extended the restricted boundary of a third. Using existing “special security instructions” authority, the FAA has incrementally addressed the threat of “malicious drone operations” by establishing airspace […]

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DoD Nominee: U.S. Talent Not Focused On Future Weapons

China has shot ahead of the United States in developing futuristic military technologies like hypersonics and artificial intelligence because the Pentagon’s risk-averse culture repels the innovative talent needed to tackle those problems, according to a prospective Defense Department scientist. The United States is falling behind its most potent strategic competitor not because it lacks the […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]

Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration (Air Force photo)

Air Force General Concerned About Possible Return Of Budget Caps In FY 2020

Recent increases in U.S. defense spending have bolstered the Air Force’s nuclear modernization efforts, but the possible return of across-the-board budget cuts in FY 2020 looms as a potential threat to those programs, a service official said May 1. The two-year budget agreement that President Trump signed into law in February provides $700 billion for defense […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]