Defense Operations Blog

Army Tests Blockchain-Related Information Assurance Solution

July 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center and other Army partners prepare for the Network Modernization Experiment 21 event by readying vehicles and equipment for the event held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey in May. Credit: Jasmyne Douglas, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst PAO Office

Computer engineers at the service’s DEVCOM C5ISR leverage emerging technology to provide information provenance to warfighters.

Sponsored: Digital Transformation Insights from Gen. McChrystal

July 15, 2021
Interview by Mark Senell
Credit: Shutterstock/Olivier Le Moal

The digital transformation is no longer simply an enabler—it's the structure for everything.

U.S. Space Force to Welcome This Week First Round of Guardians from Sister Services

June 30, 2021
By Sandra Jontz and Kimberly Underwood
In this image from December 2020, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Barbara Barrett, walks with Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Brown, before a ceremony unveiling the newly decorated Space Force hallway at the Pentagon. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force , Lt. Gen. Nina M. Armagno, USSF, director of staff of the Office of the Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force, delivers a keynote address at West 2021 on Wednesday celebrating AFCEA's 8th annual Women's Appreciation event.

The U.S. Space Force this week plans to announce the first transfer to its ranks of 50 sister-service members to Space Force guardians.

Marines Assume Navy Role in New Integration

June 29, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans execute small boat drills in the Philippine Sea. Greater integration between the Navy and Marine Corps is leading to more joint operations in support of maritime security. Credit: Lance Cpl. Grace Gerlach, USMC

The Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy will be working more closely together as they integrate operations and capabilities.

Reserve SEAL Teams to Enhance Experimentation

June 29, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Navy SEALs conduct dive operations training in the Atlantic Ocean, May 29, 2019. A proposed reserve force of combat-ready, active-duty special operators could allow the Navy Special Warfare Command the agility it needs to respond to the full spectrum of missions around the globe while experimenting with new tactics, techniques and procedures. Credit: Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jayme Pastoric

The concept calls for holding approximately one-third of the Navy Special Warfare Command's mission-ready force in reserve to deploy when needed.

Information Warfare is 'Indispensable' to Naval Operations

June 30, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Following her tenure as commander of Office of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. Kelly Aeschbach, USN, stepped into the role of commander of Naval Information Forces in May. Here the vice admiral is pictured speaking during a ceremony in May 2021 with now-retired Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, looking on. Credit: U.S. Navy/Robert Fluegel

The United States must continue to advance information operations in order to prevail in long term strategic competition, leader says.

SDA Experiments to Advance Optical Communications

June 23, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Space X’s Falcon 9 first stage rocket returns to Earth on June 21, landing on the Just Read the Instructions droneship after launch of the military’s GPS III-5. Space X is preparing for a June 25 launch of key satellite and experimental equipment for the Space Development Agency, as part of a greater Transporter 2 mission set. Credit: SpaceX

The Space Development Agency is conducting three key experiments of capabilities in low earth orbit.

Taking an Accelerated Information Warfare Approach

June 17, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, USAF, (c), commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, explains AFSOC history and capabilities to Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, commander 16th Air Force during a visit in April at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Air Combat Command and 16th Air Force are working to further evolve the Air Force’s information warfare approach, now that it has successfully integrated capabilities into the two-year old Numbered Air Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Ai

The Air Force moves out on its modern-day information warfare mission.

Making Sure AI Is Ethical

June 17, 2021
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: dotshock/Shutterstock

The idea of responsible artificial intelligence is spreading far and wide across the U.S. Department of Defense and its surrounding ecosystem.

Signed JADC2 Strategy Provides 'Teeth' to Complicated Effort

June 7, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The new strategy for Joint All-Domain Command and Control will bring together the “disparate communities within DoD to work together for a common cause,” says Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, USMC, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; and chief information officer, The Joint Staff (J-6), on Friday during a press conference at the Pentagon.

The approval outlines two key forums for deciding which service will supply solutions for joint all-domain operations.

Amid Budget Cuts, the Army Protects Future Capabilities

June 2, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
At Fort Carson, Colorado, modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles, known as Mission Enabling Technologies Demonstrators, and modified M113 tracked armored personnel carriers, or Robotic Combat Vehicles, were used for the Soldier Operational Experimentation (SOE) Phase 1 to further develop learning objectives for the Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) concept. Credit: Jerome Aliotta, CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center

The service will continue to pursue its modernization efforts and will provide a pay raise to its warfighters.

Data Centricity, Interoperability at the Heart of Network Modernization

May 21, 2021
By Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, highlights agency priorities and focus areas during a virtual luncheon session hosted Thursday by AFCEA's Central Maryland Chapter.

The path forward also centers heavily on more generic solutions that enhance industry's speed and effectiveness at innovation.

U.S. Army Faces a Myriad of Workforce Challenges

May 19, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, USA (Ret.), senior strategic advisor at Deloitte Consulting, stresses that diversity is important for the Army to pursue when recruiting younger soldiers as well as with leadership. “Soldiers want the leadership to be attuned to this,” he says. “They want the leadership to look like them, whether it's gender, ethnicity, you name it. They want a diverse workforce.” Credit: Shutterstock/travelview

Recruiting and retaining warfighters for the multidomain battlefield requires laser focus, reconfiguring and more advanced systems, consultants say.

Asset Management Propels the Army’s C5ISR Readiness

April 21, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Capt. Zachary Schofield (center), USA, assistant product manager with Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems, demonstrates an inflatable satellite antenna (ISA) to soldiers at Camp Humphreys, South Korea in 2019. The Army’s Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) has a global support program in place to ensure communications equipment readiness. Credit: Amburr Reese, CECOM Public Affairs, The Army’s Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) is relying on so-called C5ISR Lifecycle Analysis Teams to aid its asset management, explains Maj. Gen. Mitchell Kilgo, USA, CECOM commander, speaking at AFCEA’S TechNet Augusta Solution Series virtual event on April 21.

CECOM is maximizing its communications equipment availability through a comprehensive effort.

Intelligence Takes On More Importance in Contested Space Environment

April 14, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying SpaceX’s Starlink L-23 payload launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, April 7. As the United States increases its posture in space, it needs better space intelligence to support its missions, experts say. Credit: U.S. Space Force photo by Airman First Class Thomas Sjoberg

Leaders call for robust situational awareness and a highly trained space intelligence cadre for warfighting in the space domain.

Contractor-Client Communications Key to Efficient Supply Chain Management

April 13, 2021
Effective supply chain management with government customers requires clear communications, says Zach Conover, general manager for Akima LLC’s subsidiaries Truestone, Lynxnet and Aperture Federal. Credit: Shutterstock

Pandemic-related supply chain issues require creative solutions.

Army Adds Multi-Domain Task Force and Fires Command in Europe

April 13, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Army 1st Lt. Nancy Gomez fires an M777 howitzer during a direct-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Feb. 4, 2021. U.S. Army Europe and Africa will soon receive a new Multi-Domain Task Force and a Theater Fires Command, the Army has announced. Credit: Kevin Payne, Army

The task force will include field artillery; composite air and missile defense; intelligence, cyberspace, electronic warfare and space; aviation and a brigade support element.

Navy Contribution to JADC2 Is Key Service Program

April 7, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Operations officers stand watch in the combat information center of the USS John S. McCain as the destroyer transits the Taiwan Strait. The U.S. Navy's contribution to the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) system is a high priority for Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN, the chief of naval operations. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

Among the top three initiatives on the Navy CNO's list is the service's effort on behalf of JADC2.

NORTHCOM and NORAD Send Demand Signal to the Defense Department

April 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Glen Vanherck, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and commander, U.S. Northern Command speaks to reporters on March 31, emphasizing the need to increase the commands’ domain awareness by adding over-the-horizon radar capabilities, space assets and undersea capabilities to provide additional awareness of near-peer adversary threats.

Experiment by U.S. protectors highlights the need for information dominance.

Open Architecture Systems Will Be the Contract Discriminator

March 29, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Last July, pilots from the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, train on the newest version of the Apache AH-64 helicopter during training conducted by Apache Program Manager, Program Executive Office Aviation (PEO Aviation). The PEO is standing up a new office to leverage open architecture systems on its aviation platforms. Credit: PEO Aviation photo by Capt. Joshua Hughes, USA, 1-229 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.

Adhering to open architecture will be the way of the future, as will digital engineering, Army leaders say.