Defense Operations Blog

Air Force Looks Past the Initial Onset of COVID-19

April 23, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, speaks to airmen at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in June 2018. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gen. Goldfein is taking steps as part of a second retooling effort for the service to operate over the next year under the "new abnormal" environment. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Sara Hoerichs

Chief of the service considers operations over the next year in an altered environment.

Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team Stays on Track Despite COVID-19

April 22, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: U.S. Army, Credit: U.S. Army

The development of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System continues to move forward despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adding the Force to the Space Force

April 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond speaks at the Pentagon on March 27, 2020. The general, speaking at a virtual town hall on April 16, explains how the new service will pull together its personnel for its Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark

The new service is organizing how it is pulling together its personnel.

DISA’s Internet Isolation Tech Aids Workers in COVID-19 Isolation

April 13, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Witzel, USAF, inspects a customer's laptop on Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana on March 20. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many Defense Department personnel to work from home, the Defense Information Systems Agency is seeing increased demand for its Cloud-Based Internet Isolation technology. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez

A new telecommuting normal related to COVID-19 drives a surge in demand for DISA's Cloud-Based Internet Isolation technology.

DOD Successfully Tests Hypersonic Glide Body

March 23, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility during a Defense Department flight experiment, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19, 2020. Credit: DOD

The U.S. Department of Defense successfully tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment held at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

Army Limits Multidomain Exercise Due to COVID-19

March 16, 2020
Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas. The exercise was expected to test multidomain operations but is now being restricted out of caution regarding the new coronavirus outbreak. Credit: U.S. Army

Service officials are still working out details of Defender-Europe 20.

Unleash the Untapped Potential of Data Analytics

March 17, 2020
By Pragyansmita Nayak
Government agencies do not have the analytics tools necessary to unleash data’s power, says Pragyansmita Nayak, chief scientist, Hitachi Vantara Federal. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Government personnel have more than enough data, but they don’t have the tools required to effectively leverage it.

Is the Navy Missing the Boat with AI?

March 4, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
WEST 2020 panelists discuss AI. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Machine learning or autonomous capabilities need data and access to data to be successful.

Holding Back China’s Conquest of the South China Sea

March 3, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists at WEST 2020 examine how to stand up to China's South China Sea aggression. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Pay now or pay later: nations must agree on measured steps to prevent China from annexing territory in the South China Sea.

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.

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