Defense Operations Blog

Army Microgrid To Power Multidomain Operations

October 19, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Department of Defense has selected a mobile power program from Army Futures Command to increase the speed at which on-the-move power capabilities are delivered to the battlefield. Credit: Army photo by Dan Lafontaine, CCDC C5ISR Center Public Affairs

The secure, mobile, tactical microgrid will integrate multiple power sources to achieve optimum power performance, improving power distribution, storage, monitoring and maintenance. 

AI/ML Critical to Army Strategy to Counter Small UAS

October 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are critical for countering small unmanned aircraft systems, Army officials say. Credit: U.S. Army photo/Spc. Derek Mustard

The Army should soon present its joint strategy document for countering small unmanned aerial systems to the Secretary of Defense for approval.

NATO Seeks Flexibility, Resiliency

October 9, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Army soldier shouts orders as his unit prepares to assault an objective during exercise Saber Junction in Germany this year. NATO faces its own organizational challenges as it strives to increase the resiliency and effectiveness of its logistics in the face of a newly emerging threat picture. Credit: NATO

A whole-of-society approach is necessary for NATO to revitalize its capabilities across the board.

DHA Connects Its Care To Protect the Warfighter

October 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, USA, director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), speaks with a U.S. Airman assigned to the 4th Medical Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, in August. The director is leading the DHA's efforts to improve the care of warfighters, including through the use of advanced technology, where appropriate. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kylee Gardner

The Defense Health Agency is relying on information technology as it grows as an agency and standardizes its operations around the globe.

Defense Department Publishes Data Strategy

October 8, 2020
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Defense Department officials released a new data strategy. They envision building a larger community of data leaders, via a deliberately expanded department data council that brings in the combatant commands, agencies and field activities. Photo: greenbutterfly/Shutterstock

The Defense Department's new data strategy emphasizes managing data as a strategic resource, highlighting the criticality of data to build and maintain battlefield advantage.

Nations, Services Must Communicate To Collaborate

October 8, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force Airmen monitor computers in support of the Advanced Battle Management System Onramp 2 exercise. Multiple exercises took place this fall to prove some of the initial concepts of joint warfighting across all domains. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hernandez, The Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) exercise tested the digital integration of the U.S. Air Force’s ABMS with other weapons and communications systems in a joint warfighting environment. Credit: Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cory D. Payne

Innovative computing, software and advanced data processing will be needed to confront near-peer adversaries, including China and Russia.

Preparing for JEDI

October 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, pictured speaking at the Pentagon in April, explained to reporters yesterday that the department has not heard anything back from the Federal Communications Commission about the disputed Ligado ruling. Credit: DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

The Defense Department is moving forward with preparations for an enterprise tactical cloud, says the DOD’s top information officer.

U.S. Space Force Defines Its Echelons

September 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force will grow to about 16,000 warfighters, civilians and contractors. Top military leaders, including, Gen. John Raymond (l), commander of United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command; Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett (c); and previous Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein, sign memorandums to authorize the service last December. Credit: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

The service’s force organization will be lean but powerful, operations leader said.

NASA and U.S. Space Force Announce New Memorandum of Understanding

September 22, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announce a new memorandum of understanding between the two organizations during a virtual event hosted by the Mitchell Institute.

A new memorandum of understanding was announced today by NASA and the U.S. Space Force during a Mitchell Institute virtual event.

Army Picks Homebase for First Software Factory

September 18, 2020
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
Members of AFC and ACC tour the future facilities of the Software Factory. Credit: ACC

The Army Futures Command has named Austin Community College District as the home for its new Software Factory.

Defense Intelligence Agency Retools During COVID-19

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A DIA employee tests wireless telecommunications technologies during the Joint Innovation Battle Lab 2019. During the pandemic, the agency has shifted its workforce environment to ensure mission success. Credit: Defense Intelligence Agency photo by Public Affairs Specialist Jordan Bishop

The military intelligence agency faced reorganization of some of its processes to keep mission-critical work going.

Space Force Pursues Digital Makeup

September 15, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, USSF, the chief of Space Operations, is emphasizing the digital nature of the new Space Force.

The chief of space operations sets the tone for a digital force.

U.S. and Allies Move to Secure Space Assets Against Hacking, Cyber Attacks

September 9, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
A GPS III satellite circles the earth. Photo Credit: United States Government, GPS.Gov

Brussels workshop told of moves to harden vital satellite capabilities against cyber threats.

A Lack of Major Movement Toward Human-Machine Teaming

September 2, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Robert Work (c), the former 32nd deputy secretary of defense, and moderator Troy Schneider (l) discuss how the military can better champion artificial intelligence during the AFCEA Washington, D.C. Chapter's AI/ML Tech Summit on September 2.

An expert questions the Department of Defense’s commitment to build artificial intelligence capabilities at scale.

General Kelly Takes Command of ACC

August 28, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, is now the new commander of Air Combat Command. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar, Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, retires as Air Combat Commander on August 28. Credit: Air Combat Command

General Mike Holmes retires as leader of Air Combat Command after 39 years of Air Force service.

Army Seeks Small Business Innovators for 'Fire Faster'

August 27, 2020
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment “Battlekings,” 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, sit ready to fire at Fort Stewart, Georgia, September 11, 2014. Credit: U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley

A first-of-its-kind Army Small Business Innovation Research pilot seeks to leverage small business innovators to help increase the rate of fire of self-propelled howitzer systems.

Space Force Aims to Double Anti-Jamming Capability

August 26, 2020
Posted by: Kimberly Underwood
The Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC's) Wideband Global Satellite-10 (WGS-10) is encapsulated in the Delta IV rocket for its launch in March 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. SMC just completed a test of a key anti-jamming technology that it plans to add to satellites WGS 1 through WGS 10. Credit: Van Ha, SMC Public Affairs.

The U.S. Space Force announced that its Space and Missile Systems Center has successfully completed a key test of an anti-jamming capability.

Digitization Propels Headway on Dual Fronts

August 27, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Navy’s PEO C4I and Space Systems is focusing on parallel development of digital assets and capabilities to speed innovation to the fleet. Credit: U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has opted for concurrence as its main tool for implementing both upgrades and innovations.

DARPA’s Gremlins Pass Second Flight Test

August 25, 2020
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The X-61A unmanned aerial system successfully completed its second series of flight tests in July. The system is being developed by a Dynetics-led team under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Gremlins program. Photo courtesy of DARPA

The Gremlins program aims to launch groups of unmanned aerial systems from multiple types of military aircraft while out of range from adversary defenses. 

Army Names Component Command for U.S. Space Command

August 21, 2020
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USMDC) Technical Center launches a Pathfinder Zombie target at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, June 25 for a foreign military sales customer. The USMDC has been named a service component command to U.S. Space Command while continuing to serve the same role for U.S. Strategic Command. (U.S. Army photo)

Naming USASMDC as the service component command to both Space Command and Strategic Command will strengthen integration and synchronization of these vital operations.