Defense Operations Blog

Credible Deterrence Needed to Stop China

March 3, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Philip S. Davidson, USN, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warns of Chinese aggression in his Tuesday keynote luncheon address at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Establishing joint and coalition training ranges across the vast Indo-Pacific region may be vital to establishing a credible deterrent against Chinese aggression.

Sea Services Ready for Contested Fight

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers speak during a panel at WEST 2020.

Adversaries might be gaining strength, but the United States still is ready for conflict if it breaks out tomorrow.

Manning, Training and Equipment Vie for Navy/Marine Corps Priorities

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discuss manning, training and equiment at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Innovative ways of training may be needed to support manning of new equipment.

The Navy Needs a Network Reconfiguration

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy chief information officer, addresses WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Navy needs to modernize, innovate and defend its information technology assets.

Sea Changes Are Affecting the Sea Services

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN, chief of naval operations, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Adm. Karl L. Schultz, USCG, commandant of the Coast Guard, speaks during a panel at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Gen. David H. Berger, USMC, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, addresses the WEST audience. Photo by Michael Carpenter, The chiefs of the sea services discuss challenges facing the services during WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The sea services have different paths to meeting new and emerging challenges.

Sea Services Maintain Vigilance About Coronavirus

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
At WEST 2020, the sea service chiefs discuss the impact of the coronavirus on operations. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. military is adopting selective measures to counter the coronavirus.

U.S. Navy Builds Flexibility Into Its Digital Transformation

March 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The USS Abraham Lincoln is part of a pilot program that will facilitate the integration of more comprehensive capabilities to the greater fleet. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aja Jackson

The Navy’s C4I integration efforts will boost the service’s information warfare capabilities.

DOD Formally Adopts Five Ethical Principles for AI

February 24, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s CIO, speaks at AFCEA’s 2018 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. Credit: Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Department of Defense officially adopted a series of five ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence.

U.S. Army Sets Aside Money for Joint All-Domain Operations

February 12, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers from the Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion help a simulated wounded victim during a mass casualty exercise February 5 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The service’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget request seeks to support increased soldier lethality, readiness and modernization of capabilities. U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.

The ability to integrate operations across all warfare domains increases in precedence.

Bringing Cyber into Space

February 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
“Defensive cyber operations will be our number one priority,” says Brig. Gen. Joseph Matos, USMC, J-6, U.S. Space Command, speaking of the command’s vital role in defending U.S. space-based assets and operations.

U.S. Space Command lays out its approach to defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. 

Enterprise Platform To Bridge the Technology Gap for the Air Force

February 5, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, USAF, assistant deputy CIO, Digital Transformation, and assistant deputy chief of staff for Cyber Effects Operations, speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium.

The service is currently conducting risk reduction assessments for enterprise-as-a-service investment meant to modernize.

Air Combat Command Is All in on JADC2

February 4, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020.

The command is experimenting with how to employ operations across all domains.

18th Wing Holds First WestPac Rumrunner Exercise

January 13, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Three U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, fly in formation during Exercise WestPac Rumrunner January 10. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Senior Airman Cynthia Belío), An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron performs helicopter air-to-air refueling with an MC-130J Commando II from the 17th Special Operations Squadron above the Pacific Ocean during Exercise Westpac Rumrunner. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)

More than 60 aircraft and 300 personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps participated in 18th Wing’s first WestPac Rumrunner exercise January 10.

Space Force Lifts Off

December 20, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, USA, speak with Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, USA, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) & Fort Campbell, near Bastogne, Belgium, on December 16 as part of the events for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The leaders announced today the official creation of the U.S. Space Force, the newest branch of the military in 70 years. DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

Signing of the NDAA later today codifies the military’s new service branch.

Joint Command and Control Comes out of the Shadows

December 16, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Master Sgt. Thomas Puckett, USAF, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit section chief, sends off an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet assigned to the 6th Weapons Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The Air Force has made the Shadow Operations Center at Nellis the location validating its Joint all-domain command and control. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver

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.

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