Defense Operations Blog

Cold Water Operations Takes Precedence

November 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, USN, commander, U.S. Second Fleet (c), speaks to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) wardroom during a visit to the Navy's newest aircraft carrier. Adm. Lewis spoke at MILCOM 2019. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Elliott

The U.S. Second Fleet and its NATO command ally in Norfolk look to advance operations in the North Atlantic.

Army Exercise To Test Multidomain Operations

October 17, 2019
By George I. Seffers
M1A2 Abrams tanks take part in a May 2019 exercise in Poland. U.S. Army officials plan a massive exercise, Defender-Europe early next year. It will be the largest of its kind in 25 years.  Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort

The exercise will test the Army’s ability to face a near-peer adversary and will be the first time the service practices power projection at the same scale it would likely operate during real-world operations.

U.S. Space Force To Be Joint Warfighting Service

October 17, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in January. DOD is proposing the creation of the U.S. Space Force to protect the space domain. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Given the persistent and growing threats in space, the U.S. needs a joint force to defend the domain.

Army Invests Heavily in Multidomain Operations

October 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Army paratroopers sling-load a ground mobility vehicle to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a September 2019 Saber Junction exercise in Germany. Army officials intend to invest heavily in multidomain operations in the coming years. Credit: Army Sgt. Henry Villarama

The U.S. Army is committing to the multidomain operations concept with a $700 million budget plan for 2021-2025. The investment includes cyber, cloud and information warfare.

Technology Supports INDOPACOM Headway

October 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Philippine airman acts as a gunner for a U.S. Marine during a surface-to-air missile simulation in a joint exercise. The U.S. Into-Pacific Command is seeking new technologies that will enable U.S. and partner forces to interoperate advanced capabilities in the battlespace. Credit: Lance Cpl. Brianna Tuck, USMC

Countering advances by adversarial nations in the Indo-Pacific region requires new technologies to restore U.S. pre-eminance in the battlespace.

Reactivated Squadron at Edwards AFB to Test B-21 Raider

October 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force has reactivated a flight test squadron to take on testing of the next-generation bomber. Credit: Graphic courtesy of the Air Force

The 420th Flight Test Squadron will be assessing the Air Force’s new bomber.

Air Force Seeks Disruptive Solutions

September 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is conducting a new program, called Air Force Explore, to find “remarkable” ideas to apply to persistent awareness, resilient information sharing and rapid, effective decision-making, among other areas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo

New Air Force program is looking for “remarkable” new capabilities for future warfighters.

U.S. Space Command Gears Up To Operate

September 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Speaking yesterday at the Air Force Association’s ASC 2019 conference, Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF, commander, U.S. Space Command, and commander Air Force Space Command, explains that the new combatant command will comprehensively train combat-ready space warfighters.

The new U.S. command will work to keep the peace in space, defend national and allied interests, and intervene if necessary.

Air Force Special Operations Command Advancing Laser Weapons System

September 17, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Special Operations Command's (AFSOC’s) development of a 60-kW laser weapon system is on track, says AFSOC’s new commander, Lt. Gen. James Slife (l), at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference yesterday.

In a world where a swarm of drones can take out an oil production (WC) system, the military needs advanced tools, including lasers to defeat asymmetric threats. For the past few years, the U.S.

The Air Force Sets Its Scope on Information Warfare

August 23, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is standing up a new Information Warfare Numbered Air Force this fall, which will help support the service and the U.S. Combatant Commands, says Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, Air Combat Command, at an Air Force Association event on August 23.

The service’s integration of cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence into the Air Combat Command forges ahead.

U.S. Army Taking Huge Steps Toward Interoperability

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s PEO for command, control and communications-tactical, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Engaged in a concerted modernization effort, the U.S. Army is making strides in overcoming a persistent challenge—interoperability.

Synthetic Training Environment Piques Partner Interest

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Synthetic Training Environment will assess soldiers in enhancing decision-making skills through an immersive environment. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Damon "DJ" Durall, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command, addresses AFCEA TechNet Augusta.

Officials in the United Kingdom, Iraq and the Indo-Pacific are showing interest in the U.S. Army's Synthetic Training Environment.

Training at the Point of Need Boosts Soldier Lethality

August 22, 2019
By Beverly M. Cooper
Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command, addresses the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Using commercial gaming and simulation technology, the Army improves training, terrain knowledge and readiness.

Army Signal Corps to See Major Changes

August 21, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Christopher Eubank, USA, commandant, Army Signal School, speaks on a panel at AFCEA TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Service leaders seek to prepare signal soldiers for multidomain operations.

Army to Release Data Strategy Soon

August 21, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Gregory Garcia, the Army’s deputy chief information officer/G-6 and chief data officer, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

U.S. Army officials expect in the coming weeks to release a data strategy that will be closely aligned with the service's existing cloud strategy.

Army Adding Information Dominance to Campaign Plan

August 20, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Paul Funk, USA, commander, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

A U.S. Army strategy document currently being developed and due to be published this year will emphasize the need to dominate in the information realm.

Navy Creates More Powerful Information Management Position

August 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet. The Navy has created a new special assistant position to coordinate service cyber efforts ranging from strategy to security. (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy Photo)

The U.S. Navy has seized a tighter hold on the reins of information technology with a special assistant overseeing four directorates guiding the sea service in strategic planning and security.

Air Force Leader Looks to a 5th Generation Mindset for the Indo-Pacific

July 31, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The United States is keeping a close eye on adversaries in the Indo-Pacific Region, says Gen. Charles Brown, USAF, commander, Pacific Air Forces, speaking at yesterday’s Mitchell Institute event in Arlington, Virginia.

Commander in the Pan-Asian region is working to implement a modern outlook in a complicated atmosphere.

Digital Tools Will Bring the World to Army Soldiers

July 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Col. Dylan Morelle (l), USA, demonstration officer, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team and Spc. Cody Palmer, USA, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrate the Army’s One World Terrain platform., Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team Director Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, purports that the Army’s new 3D mapping tool, One World Terrain, will bring vital information to soldiers at the tactical edge.

Virtual 3D terrain mapping platform and a reconfigurable trainer will elevate Army training and readiness, leaders say.

DOD Releases Digital Modernization Strategy

July 17, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s CIO, pictured speaking at AFCEA’s 2018 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, is stressing the role of cloud and artificial intelligence as part of DOD’s new Digital Modernization Strategy. Credit: Michael Carpenter

The Defense Department’s latest IT-related strategy emphasizes cloud and cognitive computing.

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