Defense Operations Blog

Joint Command and Control Comes Out of the Shadows

December 10, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood

 

The Air Force designates its Shadow Operations Center as the location to confirm the key tactics needed for Joint multi- domain operations.

The Army Quickens its Innovation Pace

November 25, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, USA, director, Network-Cross Functional Team, speaking at AFCEA International’s Alamo Chapter ACE 2019 event in San Antonio, Texas on November 20, tells the industry that the service is pursuing its next round of advanced tactical technologies from the industry.

The service pursues next crop of advanced tactical network and communications technologies from the industry.

Adversaries Line Up to Challenge U.S. Forces in the Pacific

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, USN, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, describes the challenges it faces. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

The U.S. Pacific Fleet seeks to maintain its dominance in the face of strong technology challenges from adversaries.

It's Not Always a Technical Issue That Inhibits Coalition Interoperability

November 21, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Officials from four nations address issues confronting efforts to achieve coalition interoperability. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Coalition interoperability is not just a technical issue.

Coast Guard Expands Its Indo-Pacific Presence

November 20, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, USCG, commander, 14th Coast Guard District, describes the service's expanding mission in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

The U.S. Coast Guard is expanding its mission in the Pacific and in cyberspace.

Innovation, Security Are Foundations of Future Defense Networking

November 19, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discuss the Defense Department's digital modernization at TechNet Indo-Pacific 2019 in Honolulu. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Government and industry must turn to innovation to provide future military networking.

Proper Training is at the Crux of Multidomain Operations

November 15, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s commanding general, Gen. Paul E. Funk , USA, speaks to soldiers at Ft. Benning, Georgia in September. How the Army trains its soldiers, especially its leaders, has to change to meet the demands of multidomain operations, he says. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright.

For the Army, investing in its people is the service’s way to be effective in all domains, leader says.

All-Domain Marines Take to the Fleet

November 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, speaks to Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Reyes, Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, USMC, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, addresses the MILCOM 2019 audience.

For the Marine Corps, advancing multidomain operations means tying closer to the Navy.

Cold Water Operations Take Precedence

November 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, USN, commander, U.S. Second Fleet (c), speaks to USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) wardroom during a visit to the Navy's newest aircraft carrier. Adm. Lewis spoke at MILCOM 2019. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sean Elliott

The U.S. Second Fleet and its NATO command ally in Norfolk look to advance operations in the North Atlantic.

Army Exercise To Test Multidomain Operations

October 17, 2019
By George I. Seffers
M1A2 Abrams tanks take part in a May 2019 exercise in Poland. U.S. Army officials plan a massive exercise, Defender-Europe early next year. It will be the largest of its kind in 25 years.  Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort

The exercise will test the Army’s ability to face a near-peer adversary and will be the first time the service practices power projection at the same scale it would likely operate during real-world operations.

U.S. Space Force To Be Joint Warfighting Service

October 17, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in January. DOD is proposing the creation of the U.S. Space Force to protect the space domain. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Given the persistent and growing threats in space, the U.S. needs a joint force to defend the domain.

Army Invests Heavily in Multidomain Operations

October 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Army paratroopers sling-load a ground mobility vehicle to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a September 2019 Saber Junction exercise in Germany. Army officials intend to invest heavily in multidomain operations in the coming years. Credit: Army Sgt. Henry Villarama

The U.S. Army is committing to the multidomain operations concept with a $700 million budget plan for 2021-2025. The investment includes cyber, cloud and information warfare.

Technology Supports INDOPACOM Headway

October 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Philippine airman acts as a gunner for a U.S. Marine during a surface-to-air missile simulation in a joint exercise. The U.S. Into-Pacific Command is seeking new technologies that will enable U.S. and partner forces to interoperate advanced capabilities in the battlespace. Credit: Lance Cpl. Brianna Tuck, USMC

Countering advances by adversarial nations in the Indo-Pacific region requires new technologies to restore U.S. pre-eminance in the battlespace.

Reactivated Squadron at Edwards AFB to Test B-21 Raider

October 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force has reactivated a flight test squadron to take on testing of the next-generation bomber. Credit: Graphic courtesy of the Air Force

The 420th Flight Test Squadron will be assessing the Air Force’s new bomber.

Air Force Seeks Disruptive Solutions

September 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is conducting a new program, called Air Force Explore, to find “remarkable” ideas to apply to persistent awareness, resilient information sharing and rapid, effective decision-making, among other areas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo

New Air Force program is looking for “remarkable” new capabilities for future warfighters.

U.S. Space Command Gears Up To Operate

September 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Speaking yesterday at the Air Force Association’s ASC 2019 conference, Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, USAF, commander, U.S. Space Command, and commander Air Force Space Command, explains that the new combatant command will comprehensively train combat-ready space warfighters.

The new U.S. command will work to keep the peace in space, defend national and allied interests, and intervene if necessary.

Air Force Special Operations Command Advancing Laser Weapons System

September 17, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Special Operations Command's (AFSOC’s) development of a 60-kW laser weapon system is on track, says AFSOC’s new commander, Lt. Gen. James Slife (l), at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference yesterday.

In a world where a swarm of drones can take out an oil production (WC) system, the military needs advanced tools, including lasers to defeat asymmetric threats. For the past few years, the U.S.

The Air Force Sets Its Scope on Information Warfare

August 23, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is standing up a new Information Warfare Numbered Air Force this fall, which will help support the service and the U.S. Combatant Commands, says Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, Air Combat Command, at an Air Force Association event on August 23.

The service’s integration of cyber, electronic warfare and intelligence into the Air Combat Command forges ahead.

U.S. Army Taking Huge Steps Toward Interoperability

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the Army’s PEO for command, control and communications-tactical, speaks at TechNet Augusta. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Engaged in a concerted modernization effort, the U.S. Army is making strides in overcoming a persistent challenge—interoperability.

Synthetic Training Environment Piques Partner Interest

August 22, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Synthetic Training Environment will assess soldiers in enhancing decision-making skills through an immersive environment. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Damon "DJ" Durall, Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, STE cross-functional team director, Army Futures Command, addresses AFCEA TechNet Augusta.

Officials in the United Kingdom, Iraq and the Indo-Pacific are showing interest in the U.S. Army's Synthetic Training Environment.

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