Archive: Pentagon

Air Force’s New Space Operations Directorate Nears IOC

The U.S. Air Force expects its new space operations directorate to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) on Aug. 21, the service announced Aug. 17. The Air Force also revealed that Shawn Barnes, its deputy director for legislative liaison, will become the directorate’s senior civilian, serving as the assistant deputy chief of staff for space […]

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)

F-35 Upgrade Plan Nears Completion, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to send Congress this month a multi-billion-dollar upgrade plan for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Aug. 8. The report on the Block 4 modernization effort is required by the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization act and was supposed to be […]

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

Military OK’d To Use ‘Reasonable Force” To Destroy Unauthorized Drones Over Bases

The Defense Department has issued guidance on how to deal with unauthorized commercial drones flying over U.S. military bases, though just how troops are able to shoot them down or disable the unmanned aircraft remains classified. “Protecting our force remains a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis wrote in an Aug. 7 statement. “That […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

New Acquisition Structure Emphasizes Rapid Tech Insertion Through Open Architecture

Increasing the speed at which the Defense Department develops and fields emerging technologies is a primary cause for reorganizing the Pentagon’s acquisition structure. Pat Shanahan, the newly installed deputy secretary of defense overseeing the reorganization of the former chief weapon buyer into two new positions, said speed and rapid enhancement of existing systems with emerging […]

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

DoD Reviewing Schedule For Replacing Nuclear Force

The U.S. Department of Defense’s nuclear posture review is looking at whether the schedule for replacing the three legs of the aging nuclear triad should be revised, a Pentagon official said Aug. 3. Asked whether the Air Force should speed up the land-based leg, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, […]

Richard Spencer, President Trump's nominee as the 76th secretary of the Navy. Photo: Center for a New American Security.

Senate Confirms Top DoD Positions Including Spencer As Navy Secretary, Lord At AT&L

The Senate confirmed Richard V. Spencer as the newest secretary of the Navy on Tuesday as well as seven other civilian Defense Department nominees. Spencer succeeds acting Secretary Sean Stackley and Obama’s Secretary Ray Mabus. The Senate approved of Spencer in a voice vote, just like the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) did last month […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Pentagon Restructures Acquisition Arm To Speed Fielding, Reduce Cost Of Technology

The Pentagon has launched a restructuring of its acquisition leadership that decouples research and engineering responsibilities from acquisition and fielding of new weapons in an effort to match speed with modernizing adversaries. Detailed in a report sent to Congress on Aug. 2 is the division of responsibilities previously held by the undersecretary of defense for […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
(Photo: U.S. Air Force)

Selva Confirmed For New Term As Vice Chairman Of Joint Chiefs

The Senate on Monday confirmed by unanimous consent Air Force Gen. Paul Selva for a second two-year term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position he has held since July 2015. The Pentagon in May announced Selva’s nomination for reappointment to his position. Before this post, he led U.S. Transportation Command […]

United States Capitol

FY 2018 Intelligence Bills Clear Senate Panel, Full House

House and Senate lawmakers both advanced their respective versions of the fiscal year 2018 intelligence authorization bill July 28. The full House passed its bill (H.R. 3180) by a 380-35 vote, while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) announced that it approved its version by a 14-1 vote. The latter measure now heads to […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

GAO Examines Nuclear Modernization Affordability In DoD, DoE Budgets

The Departments of Energy and Defense should better explain their 10-year nuclear deterrent modernization budget estimates and address future affordability concerns, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a newly released report. The GAO examined the DoD and DoE’s fiscal year 2017 joint report, which places the total cost of the two Cabinet agencies’ nuclear […]