Defense Operations Blog

Cyber Is the Perfect Weapon

May 22, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times, discusses cyber at the AFCEA-GMU C4I and Cyber Center Symposium.

Cyber is fundamentally changing the national security landscape says David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times.

Air Force Activates Electronic Warfare Squadron

May 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The new 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron at the U.S. Air Force’s 53rd Wing will provide key electronic warfare and cyber assessments to combat and mobility air forces at the major commands across the globe. Pictured are Air Force F-16 aircraft from a recent combat exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on May 1. U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw

The 53rd Wing brings on a new unit to provide electronic warfare and cyber assessment support.

Army CIO Envisions Internet of Strategic Things

May 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, chief information officer/G-6, U.S. Army, speaks about network security and capabilities at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

"I think what’s on the horizon is more of a discussion of the Internet of Strategic Things,” said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, Army CIO/G-6.

Commercial Cloud Elevates Battlefield Capabilities

May 14, 2019
By Beverly Cooper
Karl Kurz, DISA Unified Capabilities Portfolio (l) and Kevin Tate of the DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer discuss the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions during a panel at TechNet Cyber., Karl Kurz, DISA Unified Capabilities Portfolio, addresses the crowd at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The DOD's enterprise strategy is to outsource to the commercial cloud for a variety of capabilities.

Link 16 Hits the Ground Running

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Ground operations are the new frontier for Link 16 systems. Unlike their larger airborne and naval predecessors, these nodes spend more time receiving transmissions from platforms such as aircraft. Credit: ViaSat

Link 16 networks support theaterwide engagements from air to ground and ground to ground.

The Marines Look to Elevate Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare

April 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Col. Dave Burton, USMC, program manager, Intelligence Systems, USMC Systems Command, notes that organizational changes are helping the Marines bring forth signals intelligence capabilities., Col. Randolph Pugh, USMC, commanding officer, USMC Intel Schools (l), and Guy Jordan, acting director, Intelligence, USMC, discuss the steps the Marine Corps are taking to elevate electronic warfare during the Association of Old Crows USMC Signals Intelligence Day held on Capitol Hill on April 11.

The service is working to move these capabilities in direct support of the warfighter.


The ACC Makes its Cyber Move

April 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is becoming more of a software company with hardware components, and is buying capabilities, says Col. Chad Raduege, USAF, director of cyberspace and information dominance, Air Combat Command.

The command is reshaping itself for the multidomain battlefield.


Mission-Focused, Holistic Strategy Aims to Increase Army Agility

March 27, 2019
By Kaitlyn Cotter
Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, USA, director of cyber, electronic warfare, and information operations, Department of the Army G-3/5/7, addresses modernization effort during a Women in Leadership Panel at AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Col. Nora Marcos, USA, chief of staff for the Army's Network Cross-Functional Team, participates in AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days, sharing her perspective on what the Army needs from industry. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Jennifer Graziano, IT Governance and Cybersecurity, U.S. Army, emphasizes the importance of aligning mission sets with proper cloud model to enable success. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Stephanie Chenault, chief technology officer, Corvus Consulting, shares an industry perspective during a panel at AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days. Credit: Michael Carpenter

Modernization effort moves forward with a shift to the cloud and continued industry collaboration.

Army Cyber to Become an Information Warfare Command

March 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gaining experience with information operations in Afghanistan and hosting several pilot programs will help the rise of the U.S. Army’s information warfare capabilities and aid the transformation of the Cyber Command into an information operations warfare command, says Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, Army Cyber Command. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The shift reflects the importance of integrated capabilities, above and beyond cyber.

New Army Programs of Record Emphasize Cyber

March 11, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Portia Crowe (l), chief of cyber engineering for the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command Control Communications–Tactical (PEO C3T), suggests that the new Cyber Situational Understanding tool will give commanders a clearer picture of what is happening in cyberspace. Crowe led the panel at AFCEA Aberdeen’s 4th annual C4ISR Cyber event, discussing the emerging battlefield technologies and capabilities that the Army needs for successful multidomain operations. 

The new Army capabilities bring cyber into the fold, enhancing multidomain awareness for commanders.

Marines Corps Adds 3D Manufacturing Support for Warfighters

March 4, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Marines will now have access to round-the-clock assistance for their 3D manufacturing needs, the Marine Corps Systems Command reports.Credit: Shutterstock/Alexander Tolstykh

With the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Marines can now get round-the-clock support for 3D printing.

Navy Revolutionizing Readiness

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Adm. Christopher Grady, USN, U.S. Fleet Forces commander, speaks at West 2019.

Navy fleet commander announces a new effort to revolutionize readiness, in part by taking advantage of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

National Debt Poses Defense Budget Challenges

February 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Alan Shaffer, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, speaks at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

With a $22 trillion national debt, Defense Department budgets may not grow in the coming years.

Training for the Gore of War

February 13, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at West 2019 discuss preparing sailors for the horrors of war. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle, USN, commander, Submarine Forces, Pacific Fleet, speaks on a panel at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, USN, director, Surface Warfare, paticipates in a West 2019 panel discussion. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III, USN, commander, Naval Air Forces/commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific Fleet, serves on a panel at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Navy leaders seek ways to better train warfighters for the horrors of warfare.

Ushering in a Maritime Century

February 13, 2019
By George I.Seffers
Adm. John Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations, speaks to the West 2019 audience via videoconference., Navy divers participate in under-ice training at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on February 8. A variety of factors, including melting Arctic ice caps, could require a greater focus on maritime operations. Photo by Navy Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey, Adm. John Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations, speaks to the West 2019 audience via videoconference.

Adm. John Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations, theorizes the decades to come could require a greater emphasis on maritime operations due to multiple factors.

Defense Department Unveils Artificial Intelligence Strategy

February 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Department has released a strategy to implement artificial intelligence, as it expects the technology has the potential to transform its military functions positively. Credit: Shutterstock/Valerii Iavtushenko

The military acknowledges the transformative role AI can play in the nation’s defense.

Reactions to Cloud Strategy Only Partly Sunny

February 6, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Industry and military officials see both silver linings and gray skies in the Pentagon's cloud computing strategy. Credit: Ivan Cholakov and jannoon0281/Shutterstock, edited by Chris D'Elia

Military and industry experts praise the Defense Department's cloud computing strategy as an important first step toward modernization while raising concerns and questions.

DISA Calls on Industry to Build Transparency into Artificial Intelligence

February 6, 2018
by Kimberly Underwood
, The DOD’s JAIC is leading AI-related planning, policy, oversight, ethics and safety within the department while DISA creates a team to determine how to apply such technologies to DISA’s existing portfolio, says Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, DISA director and commander, JFHQ-DODIN, at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium. Credit: Bill Baum

In the push to use and trust automation and machine learning, solutions have to be explainable, says the agency’s director.

Cyber Needs to Be Integrated, Not Treated Uniquely

January 16, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Dennis A Crall, USMC, principal deputy cyber advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, speaks at CERTS.,

“If last year was the year of authorities and strategy, this is the year for implementation," said Brig. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, USMC.

Navy Commissions Latest Littoral Combat Ship in Annapolis

November 19, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The latest littoral combat ship to be commissioned, the USS Sioux City, is "a capable and lethal and tough ship,” designed to combat asymmetric threats, says Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN. Credit: LCS Team Freedom, MNC Patrick Ischep, USN, describes the USS Sioux City’s flexibility as a warship, configured for mine warfare, antisubmarine warfare or surface warfare. Credit: Kim Underwood, In choosing the ship’s namesake, former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said he wanted to honor the “patriotic, hard-working citizens of Sioux City, Iowa, for their support and contributions to the military.” Credit: Kim Underwood

LCS-11, the USS Sioux City, boasts a lethal and flexible configuration to combat against asymmetrical threats.