Defense Operations Blog

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.

New Leader Takes Over Space Command

August 21, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Army Gen. James Dickinson accepts command of the U.S. Space Command on August 20, 2020 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Credit: DOD Photo by Lewis Carlyle

Gen. James Dickinson, USA, has stepped into the role as commander of the U.S. Space Command.

Crafting the Base of the Future

August 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Patrice A. Melançon (USAF), executive director, Tyndall Air Force Base Reconstruction Program Management Office, U.S. Air Force, speaking at the AFWERX Fusion2020 event last week, highlights the steps the service is taking to rebuild the base. Credit: AFWERX

AFWERX and the Air Force leverage innovation for future installations, as well as for rebuilding Tyndall.

DISA’s Fourth Estate Network Optimization is on Track

July 29, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Information Systems Agency, located at Fort Meade, is spearheading a multiyear, comprehensive information technology advancement effort, which runs through fiscal year 2025 and will bring improved network capabilities, connectivity, cybersecurity and user assistance. Credit: DOD photo by Thomas L. Burton

Despite the interference of a global pandemic, a DOD information technology modernization project led by the agency advances.

China’s Hong Kong Crackdown Spurs Indo-Pacific Distress

July 22, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S., Australian and Japanese forces participate in a trilateral exercise dedicated to a free and open Pacific. These and other nations are worried about China's aggression in the wake of the Middle Kingdom reneging on its 50-year promise of economic and political autonomy to Hong Kong. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

China's crackdown on Hong Kong has sent shock waves throughout the nations of the Indo-Pacific region, says the U.S. commander tasked with ensuring peace and security in that area.

U.S. Army Officials Aim to Win the War for Talent

July 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Army specialist tracks and monitors flight hours for an RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle. Multiple Army initiatives aim to better attract and retain a talented workforce, including those with technical skills. Credit: U.S. Army

U.S. Army initiatives aim to better attract and retain talented personnel, including those in the technology arena.

Army Suggests Adding Five Eyes Nation Allies in JADC2

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A Polish army officer talks with village elders in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. U.S. Army officials are discussing the need to include international partners and allies in the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept, which is expected to dramatically improve interoperability. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare

"We’re going to add ‘C’ in front of JADC2.”—James McPherson, undersecretary of the Army

LTG Crawford: COVID-19 Likely Affects Army's Future

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers stationed at Camp Casey conduct pre-screening processes on individuals awaiting entry to the base in South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The Army likely will see permanent changes to tactics, techniques and procedures due to the pandemic, says Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the service’s retiring CIO/G-6. Credit: Sgt. Amber Smith

The COVID-19 pandemic likely will result in an array of permanent changes for the Army, affecting a number of areas, including training, teleworking and medicine.