Defense Operations Blog

New DOD CIO Dana Deasy Looks to the Mission

May 17, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, the new DOD CIO (r), chats with Brig. Gen. Kevin B. Kennedy, USA, during the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium., Dana Deasy, the new DOD CIO, speaks at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

New to the military, the Department of Defense information technology leader finds inspiration in the department's protection of the nation.

Artificial Intelligence Use in Command and Control

May 17, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
Panelists at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium discuss AI in the C2 domain., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, Cyber and Business Systems George Duchak moderates a panel at DCOS., Col. Paul Craft, USA, director, Operations, J-3, JFHQ-DODIN, discusses AI and C2 during a panel at DCOS., Misty Blowers, director of research, development and strategy, Peraton Inc., discusses AI for defense at DCOS., Terry Carpenter, director and program executive officer, Services Development Directorate, DISA, discusses kinetic warfare at DCOS., Daniel Prieto, strategic executive, Google Cloud, discusses AI and machine learning during a panel at DCOS.

In order to use AI in the C2 domain, the military needs quality data and to look to commercial solutions, experts say.

Putting Innovation Into Practice

May 15, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
Panelists, moderated by Stephen Wallace, chief technology director, Development and Business Center, DISA (far r), discuss innovation at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium., Jennifer Yates, assistant vice president, AT&T Labs, speaks during a panel at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium., Michael Chung, head of solutions, government, Bugcrowd, speaks on an innovation panel at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium., Keith Johnson, chief technology officer and chief engineer, Leidos Defense and Intelligence Group, speaks during a panel session at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium., Doug Cate, acting chief technology officer, Defense Intelligence Agency, talks about innovation during a panel at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

Innovation may be a popular buzzword, but achieving it is harder, experts say.

Army Plays High-Tech Cat-and-Mouse Game

May 7, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army is caught up in a cat-and-mouse game trying to keep pace with technological change. Credit: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay

The Army may be catching up to adversaries in the information warfare domain, but the pace of change remains a challenge.

Air Force Extends Smart Base Pilot Program

April 25, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Air Force is extending its smart base pilot program at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Air Force is extending the smart base pilot program designed to take advantage of Internet of Things technologies.

Russia Strengthening Focus on AI Technologies

April 10, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Russia is preparing to try and dominate the artificial intelligence landscape, and the United States should not be caught off guard, says Samuel Bendett, associate research analyst, Center for Naval Analyses.

In an unprecedented way, the country is coordinating across sectors to develop these advanced technologies.

Army Opens Lines of Communication

April 4, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Audience members engage at the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement Symposium roundtable., Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus, USA, director, U.S. Army Mission Command Center of Excellence, addresses members of the military and industry who attended the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement roundtable prior to the opening of the symposium., Panelists discuss the Army's Modernization Strategy at the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement Symposium.

Industry and academia to play a larger role in helping Army operate in a more contested, congested environment.

An Insecure Space

March 28, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force launches the ninth Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in March 2017. Such satellites play an integral part of the United State’s strategic and tactical coordination of military operations in an increasingly contested space domain. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson; Courtesy of United Launch Alliance.

Policy leaders see vulnerabilities in U.S. space systems, which may be fixed by organizational changes, among other steps.

NATO Wants to Work With Russia on Security

March 15, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller meets with troops at Adazi Military Base in Latvia. NATO has stationed rotating forces in the Baltics to demonstrate its resolve and commitment, but that does not preclude working with Russia on international security matters.

NATO wants to work with Russia on security measures, but the resurgent power must make concrete moves that show it is serious about cooperation.

Army Leads on Multidomain Battle Concept

March 8, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Stephen Townsend, USA, commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference.

The service is grappling with how to operationalize the approach.

Army CIO Offers Capability Wish List

March 6, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army chief information officer (CIO)/G-6, takes questions at the AFCEA Signal Conference., Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, for U.S. Army Forces Command, speaks to AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.) at the AFCEA Signal Conference.

The Army is interested in microsatellites, dynamic spectrum, ground-based GPS alternatives, AI, machine learning and robotics.

Army Deploys Biometrics System to Iraq

February 26, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army is evaluating a multimodal, non-contact biometrics system at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Credit: HQuality/Shutterstock

Contact-free fingerprint, facial recognition and iris detection capabilities will be assessed for about 30 days.

Navy Veers Away From Linear Modernization

February 9, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sea service leaders addressing challenges and opportunities in a town hall format are (l-r) Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; Adm. John M. Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations; Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; along with moderator Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University., Exploring the exotic world of hyperwar are (r-l) Capt. Sean Heritage, USN, Navy and IT portfolio lead, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx); Amir Husain, founder and CEO, SparkCognition Inc; August Cole, senior fellow, Avascent/Atlantic Council; and panel moderator Capt. David Adams, USN (Ret.), program manager, Western Pacific Oceaneering., Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James F. Geurts outlines potential changes in Navy acquisition processes.

Replacing older maritime assets must be teamed with a host of new capabilities and doctrines.

More Funding Not a Cure-all for Sea Services

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
From l-r, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; and  Adm. John M. Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations, discuss sea service challenges and opportunities in a town hall forum moderated by Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Money alone can't buy modernization as the sea services confront a range of internal and external challenges.

Hyperwar Is Coming Faster Than You Think

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Hyperwar and its ramifications were the subject of a West 2018 panel comprising (r-l) Capt. Sean Heritage, USN, Navy and IT portfolio lead, DIUx; Amir Husain, founder and CEO, SparkCognition; August Cole, senior fellow, Avascent/Atlantic Council; and panel moderator Capt. David Adams, USN (Ret.), program manager, Western Pacific Oceaneering.

Powered by AI, hyperwar will change the conflict equation.

The Competition to Innovate Better Than Adversaries

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), reviews the complexity of information warfare., Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, USMC, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, outlines Marine Corps efforts to out-innovate adversaries, Discussing how to prevail in the gray zone are (l-r) panel moderator Kathleen Hicks, director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, USN; Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN; Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, USCG; Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, USN; and Nina Hachigian, former ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The U.S. military finds itself challenged by peers and near-peers.

In Between War and Peace, the Gray Zone Hosts Conflict

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
At West 2018, panelists discuss how to prevail in the gray zone (l-r): Kathleen Hicks, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, USN; Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN; Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, USCG; Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, USN; and Nina Hachigian, former ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Neither war nor peace, conflict still reigns in this vague realm.

Marines Have Changing Future in Their Sights

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, USMC, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, discusses Marine Corps innovations in the Wednesday keynote address at West 2018 in San Diego.

The U.S. Marine Corps is charging into the future at full speed.

New National Defense Strategy Requires Innovative Approaches

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing how to use the network to build maritime power are (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO; Kenneth W. Bible, deputy director, C4/Deputy CIO, U.S. Marine Corps; Kelly Fletcher, acting Department of Navy CIO; Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces; and Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, USCG, assistant commandant, C4&IT and commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command., Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, describes the ramifications of the new National Defense Strategy during his opening keynote address at West 2018., Adm. Scott H. Swift, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses the broad challenge posed by China during his keynote luncheon address.

The U.S. National Defense Strategy provides a picture of the nation's challenges, but the path to solutions is not so clear.

China Poses a New Type of Challenge

February 6, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Scott H. Swift, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, shares his views on the China challenge at West 2018.

China poses a new type of challenge. The United States must develop a new type of response to meet it.

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