Event Coverage

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The postwar defense funding reductions the U.S. military now is facing are taking place under entirely different conditions than their predecessors, noted the commander of the U.S. Northern Command.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Individual U.S. Marines are carrying too heavy a load into combat thanks to new information technologies, said the commanding general of the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

New defensive technologies have risen in importance as the U.S. Navy confronts a host of new and diverse threats to its surface ships.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Special operations forces have become so essential to military mission success that they should be incorporated into conventional force plans, according to a Marine Corps general.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Lasers, railguns and unmanned underwater vehicles are just a few of the new capabilities the U.S. Defense Department is counting on to overcome advances pursued by potential adversaries.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military will need several years to reset and rebuild its military following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the deputy secretary of defense.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Needing a new long-range anti-ship missile, the U.S. Navy has configured a Tomahawk cruise missile to perform that role. The service saved a large amount of scarce funding in adapting an existing system instead of developing a new one, stated a high-ranking defense official.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States is losing the defense technology advantage it has held since World War II, and that development could have ramifications far beyond the battlespace.

February 10, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Returning the defense budget to sequestration levels “would be a disaster,” according to a senior defense official.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses the need for innovation to maintain U.S. superiority after receiving the text of his speech from a remote controlled drone.

The U.S. lead in military technology is too great, not enough or disappearing, depending on which expert is speaking. And, all three statements might be accurate in their own ways.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The traditional paths to innovation may not be enough to maintain U.S. leadership in that endeavor. So, innovative ideas may be necessary for pursuing innovation.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

For years, the United States maintained economic and military superiority through technological innovation. Now, that lead is diminishing, and the country must find the resources to respond.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

If cyberspace is a warfighting domain, then warfighters should expect that it will not perform as desired. The same maneuver warfare skills common on the battlespace need to be applied to cyberspace.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

"Call of Duty" may be a sleeper introductory tool for future military personnel, according to a Marine Corps general.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

As the U.S Marine Corps returns to its roots as a rapidly deployable amphibious force, it needs better communications and networking gear that is small and lightweight for the amphibious mission.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command, describes some of the solutions being pursued to protect networks against cyber attack.

The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM is facing as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Some interoperability issues are cultural, not technical. Now, a new approach uses advanced virtual technology to help overcome cultural issues before a coalition is formed.

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many nations are loath to share data in a coalition operation, because they fear the wrong partner will access sensitive information. Now, a new system under development will allow countries to tag data for only the countries that they want to view it.

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