Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

Hon. Michael D. Griffin, under secretary of Defense Research and Engineering, speaks during a 2018 Engineers Week event at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Feb. 21, 2018. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

DoD Research Chief: Acquisition Rules Threaten U.S. Military Might

The U.S. military will not prevail in highly-technical future wars without escaping the burdensome bureaucracy that marks the World War II-era acquisition system, according Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin. Griffin, who has been remarkably candid about the Defense Department’s acquisition challenges since taking office as the inaugural ASD R&E, said the […]

Artist's rendering of the Air Force's Long Range Strike Bomber, designated B-21. Photo: Air Force.

DoD Deputy Gets ‘Deep Dive’ Briefing On Air Force’s B-21 Bomber

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, whose duties include overseeing big-ticket acquisition programs, attended a recent “deep dive” briefing on the Air Force’s B-21 Raider to better familiarize himself with the bomber development effort, a service official said April 9. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said that he and prime contractor Northrop Grumman [NOC] also took part […]

Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, will lead DoD's new border security support cell.  (Pentagon photo)

DoD Forms Border Security Cell To Coordinate Work With DHS

A day after President Trump told the Department of Defense to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border to help the Department of Homeland Security curb illegal immigration, DoD announced April 5 that it has set up a “border security support cell” to coordinate its efforts with DHS. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense […]

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 Eyes Shifting F-35 Management To Military Services

The U.S. Department of Defense wants to restructure the F-35 Lightning II program to give the military services more control over the maturing fighter jet, according to Pentagon officials. DoD envisions that the F-35, which is currently managed by a joint program office (JPO), will eventually transition to service-run program offices, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen […]

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 […]