Archive: Pentagon

Defense Department Business, Modernization Restructure Set For Jan. 2 Launch

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is further restructuring the Defense Department by handing off day-to-day operations of the Pentagon to a chief management officer so he can focus on big-ticket acquisition programs and modernization. The Pentagon in February is expected to publish its National Defense Strategy (NDS), which will lay out the administration’s vision […]

President Donald Trump speaks to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo)

New National Security Strategy Promotes Economic Might To Fuel Military Moderization

The Trump Administration on Dec. 18 released an America First national security strategy that promotes domestic economic growth as fuel for beefing up the military, modernizing its weapons and projecting might abroad. Instead of isolating the United States, the document calls for a policy of “peace through strength” in which the United States does not […]

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)

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan To Get More ISR Support

American forces in Afghanistan expect to receive more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets as the winding down of combat in Iraq and Syria frees up those systems for other uses, a U.S. general said Dec. 12. “As those assets become available and come to us, we’ll, of course, be able to leverage them and […]

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation. “This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need […]

David Norquist, comptroller of the Department of Defense.  (Army photo)

Continuing Resolutions Slowing Munitions Buys, DoD Official Says

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations act is delaying Pentagon plans to boost production rates for heavily used munitions, a Department of Defense official said Dec. 7. While the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill are “very supportive” of DoD’s budget request for munitions, Congress has […]

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SASC OKs Lockheed Executive For DoD Policy Post

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved Lockheed Martin [LMT] executive John Rood to be undersecretary of defense for policy Nov. 30 despite concerns among some lawmakers about the number of Pentagon appointees who hail from top defense firms. Those concerns flared at a Nov. 16 hearing, where Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee’s chairman, […]

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DoD Weighing ‘Potential Improvements’ In Cruise Missile Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering “potential improvements in cruise missile defense” as part of its ballistic missile defense review, according to a nominee for a high-level Pentagon job. “If confirmed, I look forward to participating in this review and examining potential additional capabilities,” said John Rood, President Donald Trump’s pick to be undersecretary […]

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Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

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)

Lockheed Resumes F-35 Deliveries After One-Month Suspension

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to its U.S. and foreign customers after a production quality problem halted those transfers for a month. The problem surfaced when a small amount of corrosion was found under a fuselage panel of an F-35A, the fighter jet’s conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant, during routine maintenance at Hill Air […]

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 […]