Defense Operations Blog

Digital Tools Will Bring the World to Army Soldiers

July 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Col. Dylan Morelle (l), USA, demonstration officer, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team and Spc. Cody Palmer, USA, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrate the Army’s One World Terrain platform., Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team Director Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, USA, purports that the Army’s new 3D mapping tool, One World Terrain, will bring vital information to soldiers at the tactical edge.

Virtual 3D terrain mapping platform and a reconfigurable trainer will elevate Army training and readiness, leaders say.

DOD Releases Digital Modernization Strategy

July 17, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s CIO, pictured speaking at AFCEA’s 2018 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, is stressing the role of cloud and artificial intelligence as part of DOD’s new Digital Modernization Strategy. Credit: Michael Carpenter

The Defense Department’s latest IT-related strategy emphasizes cloud and cognitive computing.

Army Adds Cyber Capability to Counter-Drone System

July 15, 2019
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Using the Army’s cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System, soldiers were able to detect and counter small drones during training. Credit: U.S. Army

Using the Army's enhanced cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) capability, soldiers were able to detect and counter common, small drones during their training.

U.S. Requires an Updated Nuclear Triad and Advanced Communication Systems

June 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, chief of staff of the Air Force, speaking at the Mitchell Institute Strategic Deterrence Breakfast event on June 26, warns of increasing posturing of Russia and China in the Arctic region., Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, chief of staff of the Air Force, pictured with U.S. Airmen at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in December 2018, warns of increasing posturing of Russia and China in the Arctic region. The Joint Chief spoke at the Mitchell Institute Strategic Deterrence Breakfast event on June 26. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Kaylee Dubois.

The Joint Chief makes the case for robust tools to defend the nation.

Army Adds Radio Network Capability to Ground Robots

June 19, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
The Wave Relay MANET assists the CRS(I) in communications by eliminating the need for fixed infrastructure. It is helpful for applications that require complete mobility. Photo credits: Persistent Systems.

The service will use Persistent Systems’ mobile ad hoc networking technology to connect to its backpackable robot.

Corps Is Using New Satellite Communication System

June 19, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
A U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal is assembling an AN/PRC-117G radio on the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) adds updated firmware to the radio, giving warfighters more advanced satellite communications.” Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tawanya Norwood.

This new system brings SATCOM capabilities in various formats to Marines and improves their ability to communicate in the field.

Artificial Intelligence for Air Operations

May 30, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A new agreement between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Air Force is meant to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence in Air Force operations. Credit: Shutterstock/Yousif Al Saif

Top researchers at MIT will help the U.S. Air Force harness advanced algorithms and systems.

Cyber Is the Perfect Weapon

May 22, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times, discusses cyber at the AFCEA-GMU C4I and Cyber Center Symposium.

Cyber is fundamentally changing the national security landscape says David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times.

Air Force Activates Electronic Warfare Squadron

May 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The new 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron at the U.S. Air Force’s 53rd Wing will provide key electronic warfare and cyber assessments to combat and mobility air forces at the major commands across the globe. Pictured are Air Force F-16 aircraft from a recent combat exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on May 1. U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw

The 53rd Wing brings on a new unit to provide electronic warfare and cyber assessment support.

Army CIO Envisions Internet of Strategic Things

May 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, chief information officer/G-6, U.S. Army, speaks about network security and capabilities at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

"I think what’s on the horizon is more of a discussion of the Internet of Strategic Things,” said Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, Army CIO/G-6.

Commercial Cloud Elevates Battlefield Capabilities

May 14, 2019
By Beverly Cooper
Karl Kurz, DISA Unified Capabilities Portfolio (l) and Kevin Tate of the DOD Office of the Chief Information Officer discuss the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions during a panel at TechNet Cyber., Karl Kurz, DISA Unified Capabilities Portfolio, addresses the crowd at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The DOD's enterprise strategy is to outsource to the commercial cloud for a variety of capabilities.

Link 16 Hits the Ground Running

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Ground operations are the new frontier for Link 16 systems. Unlike their larger airborne and naval predecessors, these nodes spend more time receiving transmissions from platforms such as aircraft. Credit: ViaSat

Link 16 networks support theaterwide engagements from air to ground and ground to ground.

The Marines Look To Elevate Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare

April 12, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Col. Dave Burton, USMC, program manager, Intelligence Systems, USMC Systems Command, notes that organizational changes are helping the Marines bring forth signals intelligence capabilities., Col. Randolph Pugh, USMC, commanding officer, USMC Intel Schools (l), and Guy Jordan, acting director, Intelligence, USMC, discuss the steps the Marine Corps are taking to elevate electronic warfare during the Association of Old Crows USMC Signals Intelligence Day held on Capitol Hill on April 11.

The service is working to move these capabilities in direct support of the warfighter.


The ACC Makes Its Cyber Move

April 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is becoming more of a software company with hardware components, and is buying capabilities, says Col. Chad Raduege, USAF, director of cyberspace and information dominance, Air Combat Command.

The command is reshaping itself for the multidomain battlefield.


Mission-Focused, Holistic Strategy Aims to Increase Army Agility

March 27, 2019
By Kaitlyn Cotter
Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, USA, director of cyber, electronic warfare, and information operations, Department of the Army G-3/5/7, addresses modernization effort during a Women in Leadership Panel at AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Col. Nora Marcos, USA, chief of staff for the Army's Network Cross-Functional Team, participates in AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days, sharing her perspective on what the Army needs from industry. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Jennifer Graziano, IT Governance and Cybersecurity, U.S. Army, emphasizes the importance of aligning mission sets with proper cloud model to enable success. Credit: Michael Carpenter, Stephanie Chenault, chief technology officer, Corvus Consulting, shares an industry perspective during a panel at AFCEA Belvoir Industry Days. Credit: Michael Carpenter

Modernization effort moves forward with a shift to the cloud and continued industry collaboration.

Army Cyber To Become an Information Warfare Command

March 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Gaining experience with information operations in Afghanistan and hosting several pilot programs will help the rise of the U.S. Army’s information warfare capabilities and aid the transformation of the Cyber Command into an information operations warfare command, says Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, Army Cyber Command. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The shift reflects the importance of integrated capabilities, above and beyond cyber.

New Army Programs of Record Emphasize Cyber

March 11, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Portia Crowe (l), chief of cyber engineering for the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Command Control Communications–Tactical (PEO C3T), suggests that the new Cyber Situational Understanding tool will give commanders a clearer picture of what is happening in cyberspace. Crowe led the panel at AFCEA Aberdeen’s 4th annual C4ISR Cyber event, discussing the emerging battlefield technologies and capabilities that the Army needs for successful multidomain operations. 

The new Army capabilities bring cyber into the fold, enhancing multidomain awareness for commanders.

Marines Corps Adds 3D Manufacturing Support for Warfighters

March 4, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Marines will now have access to round-the-clock assistance for their 3D manufacturing needs, the Marine Corps Systems Command reports.Credit: Shutterstock/Alexander Tolstykh

With the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell at the Marine Corps Systems Command, Marines can now get round-the-clock support for 3D printing.

Navy Revolutionizing Readiness

February 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Adm. Christopher Grady, USN, U.S. Fleet Forces commander, speaks at West 2019.

Navy fleet commander announces a new effort to revolutionize readiness, in part by taking advantage of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics.

National Debt Poses Defense Budget Challenges

February 14, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Alan Shaffer, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, speaks at West 2019. Photo by Michael Carpenter

With a $22 trillion national debt, Defense Department budgets may not grow in the coming years.