Archive: Pentagon

A KC-135R Stratotanker over a Florida bridge. Photo: Air Force.

DoD Starts Study On Airlift, Sealift And Tanker Needs

The Department of Defense has launched a congressionally mandated study to determine how many refueling aircraft, transport planes and cargo ships it will need to support future military operations. U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) announced March 29 that the Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study (MCRS-18) began March 8 and will conclude this fall. TRANSCOM is conducting the review with […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Army photo)

DoD Leaders Discuss How To Spend New Omnibus Funding

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he met with the service secretaries and other top Pentagon officials March 26 to discuss how the Department of Defense will properly manage the financial infusion it expects to receive from the recently enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations act. The $1.3-trillion omnibus, which contains $700 billion for defense, an […]

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DTRA Seeks To Speed Acquisitions

At the behest Defense Department Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is looking for ways to speed its acquisitions so that it can meet warfighter requirements faster, the agency’s head said last Thursday. Depending on complexity and the capabilities being sought by theater commanders, DTRA has been able to provide solutions […]

Michael Griffin,  (NASA photo)

DoD Research Head Eyes More Focus On Non-Laser Directed Energy Weapons

The Department of Defense’s directed energy efforts are too concentrated on laser weapons and should pay more attention to other approaches, such as high-power microwaves and neutral particle beam systems, according to the Pentagon’s new research chief. While lasers have been the subject of several high-profile demonstrations and deserve continued funding, other technologies also hold […]

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (Army photo)

DoD Taking Fresh Look At Proposed Space Corps

The Department of Defense, which opposed a congressional proposal last year to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, is taking another look at the idea, according to a DoD official. The examination is part of a broader, congressionally mandated review of options that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is leading to ensure […]

Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

To Attract Innovation, DoD Spy Lab Lets Researchers Keep Intellectual Property

When it poses a scientific problem to the world, the Pentagon’s research laboratory for spies never asks respondents to surrender their intellectual property because doing so scares off innovative startup businesses “We leave it to the inventor,” said Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, often referred to as the Defense Advanced […]

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Service Weapon Buyers Say Congress Can ‘Declare Victory’ On Acquisition Reform

By delegating management of large weapon programs to the military services, Congress may already have achieved the acquisition reforms it and Defense Department leaders have long sought, according to acquisition executives. Asked whether there have so far been any glaring errors in the reforms Congress has imposed on the defense acquisition system over the past […]

Michael Griffin,  (NASA photo)

DoD’s New Research Chief Eyes Faster Hypersonics Development

The Pentagon’s new research chief said March 6 that improving the Department of Defense’s hypersonics capabilities will be his top technical priority because U.S. leadership in that area could be critical to winning future wars. Speaking at a McAleese & Associates/Credit Suisse defense programs conference on his 10th day as undersecretary of defense for research […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

DoD Nears Hiring Outside Firm To Study Possible Space Department

The Pentagon is close to picking an outside firm to write a roadmap for the possible creation of a military space department, a key lawmaker said Feb. 28. The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization act, which Congress passed late last year, calls for the deputy defense secretary to hire a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to craft the […]

Norway's first F-35A, called AM-1, is in production at the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth, Texas assembly plant.
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Trump-Ordered Industrial Base Study Finds Defense Industry At Risk

A multi-agency task force studying U.S. military contractors has an April 17 deadline to deliver its report, but has already identified some causes for concern over the health of the domestic defense industrial base. The Defense Department’s spending has been hampered and made erratic by nearly a decade of fiscal years begun with stopgap funding […]