Archive: Pentagon

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Military Ups Air Strikes In Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stepped up air strikes against enemy forces in Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Oct. 3. The increased air activity, which is at its highest level in five years, is “embedded in the revised strategy,” Mattis testified before the […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]


Pentagon Office To Seek Industry Responses On Surge Capacity

The Pentagon shortly plans to release a private sector questionnaire seeking inputs on industry’s ability to surge its capabilities to meet future battlefield needs, a Defense Department official said on Thursday. The pending outreach to industry is part of the department’s data gathering for a report requested by President Donald Trump pursuant to an executive […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

Mattis Prods DoD To Talk More With Industry

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis encouraged the Department of Defense Sept. 20 to expand its communication with industry to increase the military’s access to new technology. Mattis said that parts of DoD have become overly cautious in their dealings with private firms because they fear violating ethics rules designed to avoid favoritism. […]


Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

F-35 Program To Seek DoD Approval Of Upgrade Plan In October

The F-35 joint program office, which is developing a plan for future upgrades to the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built Lightning II, intends to present its proposal to senior Defense Department leaders in late October, the program’s leader said Sept. 6. The “follow-on modernization” proposal, which reflects “a new set of requirements,” will need the approval of […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Elevates U.S. Cyber Command, Streamlining Cyber Operations

President Donald Trump on Friday elevated that status of U.S. Cyber Command in move he said would improve responses to cyber security threats and position better position it for resourcing. The transition of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from a sub-unified combatant command under U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to a separate unified combatant command was expected […]

Air Force’s New Space Operations Directorate Nears IOC

The U.S. Air Force expects its new space operations directorate to achieve an initial operational capability (IOC) on Aug. 21, the service announced Aug. 17. The Air Force also revealed that Shawn Barnes, its deputy director for legislative liaison, will become the directorate’s senior civilian, serving as the assistant deputy chief of staff for space […]

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)

F-35 Upgrade Plan Nears Completion, GAO Says

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to send Congress this month a multi-billion-dollar upgrade plan for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Aug. 8. The report on the Block 4 modernization effort is required by the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization act and was supposed to be […]

Federal Aviation Administration National Capital Region No Drone Zone signage. Graphic: Federal Aviation Administration.

Military OK’d To Use ‘Reasonable Force” To Destroy Unauthorized Drones Over Bases

The Defense Department has issued guidance on how to deal with unauthorized commercial drones flying over U.S. military bases, though just how troops are able to shoot them down or disable the unmanned aircraft remains classified. “Protecting our force remains a top priority,” Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis wrote in an Aug. 7 statement. “That […]