Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

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 […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

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 […]

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DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. “I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy […]

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord (left) speaks with Army acquisition official Steffanie Easter at an Association of the U.S. Army conference in October 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

DoD Eyes 50 Percent Cut In Time To Award Contracts

To speed the fielding of new technology, the U.S. Department of Defense has set a goal of cutting in half the time it takes to award contracts, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief said Oct. 11. The 50-percent reduction, which DoD endorsed about a month ago, applies to the period that begins when the department issues an […]

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Mattis Hopeful AT&L Breakup Will Speed Up DoD Modernization

Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed optimism Oct. 9 that splitting the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions will help the Department of Defense develop and field new technology more quickly. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mattis said he “completely” embraces the […]