Archive: Pentagon

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DoD To Finish Space Organization Review In June

The U.S. Department of Defense, which is conducting a congressionally mandated review of potential improvements to its space organization, plans to send a report on its findings to Capitol Hill next month, defense officials said May 19. The report will examine whether DoD has “the correct alignments of authority, responsibility and accountability” to outpace growing […]

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DoD Assessing OV-10 Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The U.S. Department of Defense is evaluating the results of an experiment in which it deployed two Vietnam War-era OV-10 Bronco light-attack aircraft to Iraq to assess their ability to provide low-cost air support for ground troops, according to a U.S. Central Command official. “The final report on that has been sent to the department, […]

U.S. Army Soldier capturing facial photos with a Handheld Interagency Identification Equpment device at checkpoint in Afghanistan. HIIDE is made by Safran. Photo: Biometrics Identity Management Agency

DoD, DHS Enhance Interoperability Between Respective Biometric Databases

The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security last week both turned on new applications that will enhance interoperability between their respective authoritative repositories of biometric records that are used to deprive anonymity to known and suspected terrorists in war zones and help keep terrorists and criminals from entering the United States. Up until last week […]

Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Photo: Department of Defense.

DoD To Brief Hill On Acquisition Office Breakup

The Department of Defense plans to brief lawmakers in the coming days on how it intends to implement a congressional mandate to split the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions, a senior Pentagon official said May 3. “We just briefed [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis on our initial plan to make […]

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White House Aims To Unveil FY 2018 Budget In Late May

The Trump administration plans to roll out its fiscal year 2018 budget request in late May, according to the White House budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, mentioned the timeline at a May 1 press briefing on the newly negotiated FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, which includes funding for the […]

Air Force Gen. and Transcom Commander Darren McDew. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

TRANSCOM Learned ‘Surprising Amount’ From Wargame, Command Chief Says

U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), which recently conducted its first contested-environment wargame, uncovered a “surprising amount” of lessons learned from that activity, the head of TRANSCOM said May 2. “We’ve adapted our tactics, techniques and procedures accordingly, but we still have work to do,” Air Force Gen. Darren McDew testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The […]

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) falls under the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) umbrella. Photo: MDA.

DoD Hires Hill Veteran To Handle Missile Defense Policy

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has appointed longtime Capitol Hill aide Robert “Rob” Soofer as deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, the Pentagon announced April 26. Soofer was most recently the staff lead fGround-Based Midcourse Defense (or the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) strategic forces panel, which oversees such matters as missile […]

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HASC Aide Tapped For DoD Intel Post

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Kari Bingen, policy director for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, the White House announced late April 24. Bingen “has been a principal adviser to HASC members and House leadership on defense policy and strategic force issues,” the White House […]

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DSB Finds Shortcomings In Protecting Weapons Systems From Cyber Vulnerabilities

The Defense Department’s current activities for protecting weapons systems from cyber security vulnerabilities either in the system design or sustainment phases are “insufficient” as are its processes for keeping track of “obsolescence and vulnerabilities in its inventory of microelectronic parts,” according to a Pentagon report. Pentagon programs that go through milestone decision authorities are required […]

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NanoRacks Marketing ‘Stash And Deploy’ Capability To DoD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–NanoRacks wants to get the Defense Department on board with the company’s stash-and-deploy deploy-on-demand program designed to intermittently release satellites from the International Space Station (ISS), according to NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber. Manber said DoD is slowly warming to the idea, which he attributed to DoD culture more than stash-and-deploy itself, in which […]