Defense Operations Blog

Seemingly Boundless Bombers Secure the Skies

November 20, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Two B-1B Lancer aircraft prepare to land during a Bomber Task Force deployment at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in October. The move to that type of bomber mission has proven to be successful so far, says Pacific Air Forces leader Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, USAF.

U.S. Air Force Bomber Task Force effort is supplying more missions than before.

Deceptive Electronic Warfare in Multidomain Operations

November 19, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/K_E_N

For the future, the Army is looking at a deceptive capability called modular electromagnetic spectrum deception suite, or MEDS, to help mislead the enemy and slow his decision cycle.

DISA Supports Warfighter Lethality

November 6, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Information Systems Agency provides a wide array of communications support for warfighters around the globe, including modernized electromagnetic spectrum operations tools and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. Credit: U.S. Defense Department Photo/Gunnery Sgt. Ezekiel Kitandwe

Despite the global pandemic, DISA has never stopped providing warfighters with critical connections needed to conduct multidomain warfare and never let up on the daily battles in cyberspace.

Battling on the Arctic Edge

November 4, 2020
By Kim Underwood
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division conduct live fire range training in cold weather conditions at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, in Bridgeport, California, in preparation for their deployment to Norway's high north above the Arctic circle. Credit: USMC photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Parsons

Cold-weather warfighting preparation strengthens U.S. and NATO response.

DOD’s Aim for Spectrum Superiority

October 30, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Department's new electromagnetic spectrum strategy looks to bolster the nation's associated operational environment and security. Credit: Shutterstock/Fouad A. Saad

The Department lays out comprehensive strategy to maintain dominance, protect operations and improve electromagnetic-related capabilities.

DevSecOps Isn’t Just a Buzzword

October 22, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for Acquisition and Sustainment, U.S. Department of Defense, says there’s no point in developing software if it’s not secure, during a webinar on securing the federal software supply chain., Derek Weeks, vice president of Sonatype, says some people will think DevSecOps is just a buzzword.

DevSecOps may be the latest term but the idea behind it remains constant: Security should be a priority from the start of development.

Next-Generation IT Systems Are Needed for NATO Operations

October 20, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Bulgarian Chief of Defense, Adm. Emil Eftimov (l) visits Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium in August, meeting with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Tod Wolters (second from l) and his staff. To aid the decision making of SACEUR leaders, advanced geospatial information system technologies are needed. Credit: NATO Photo by SMSgt Frederic Rosaire (FRA)

In securing Europe, advancements in geospatial information and big data are necessary to aid military mobility, logistics and operations.

Army Microgrid To Power Multidomain Operations

October 19, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Department of Defense has selected a mobile power program from Army Futures Command to increase the speed at which on-the-move power capabilities are delivered to the battlefield. Credit: Army photo by Dan Lafontaine, CCDC C5ISR Center Public Affairs

The secure, mobile, tactical microgrid will integrate multiple power sources to achieve optimum power performance, improving power distribution, storage, monitoring and maintenance. 

Joint Force Takes On the New Ice Age

October 16, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
An aurora borealis appears in the night sky over the USS Thomas Hudner during an exercise in the Arctic. U.S. and allied forces are paying greater attention to operations in the Arctic and the North Atlantic in the face of an increased Russian threat. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

The United States and its allies can't afford to give Russia the cold shoulder.

AI/ML Critical to Army Strategy to Counter Small UAS

October 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are critical for countering small unmanned aircraft systems, Army officials say. Credit: U.S. Army photo/Spc. Derek Mustard

The Army should soon present its joint strategy document for countering small unmanned aerial systems to the Secretary of Defense for approval.

NATO Seeks Flexibility, Resiliency

October 9, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Army soldier shouts orders as his unit prepares to assault an objective during exercise Saber Junction in Germany this year. NATO faces its own organizational challenges as it strives to increase the resiliency and effectiveness of its logistics in the face of a newly emerging threat picture. Credit: NATO

A whole-of-society approach is necessary for NATO to revitalize its capabilities across the board.

DHA Connects Its Care To Protect the Warfighter

October 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, USA, director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), speaks with a U.S. Airman assigned to the 4th Medical Group at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, in August. The director is leading the DHA's efforts to improve the care of warfighters, including through the use of advanced technology, where appropriate. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kylee Gardner

The Defense Health Agency is relying on information technology as it grows as an agency and standardizes its operations around the globe.

Defense Department Publishes Data Strategy

October 8, 2020
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Defense Department officials released a new data strategy. They envision building a larger community of data leaders, via a deliberately expanded department data council that brings in the combatant commands, agencies and field activities. Photo: greenbutterfly/Shutterstock

The Defense Department's new data strategy emphasizes managing data as a strategic resource, highlighting the criticality of data to build and maintain battlefield advantage.

Nations, Services Must Communicate To Collaborate

October 8, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force Airmen monitor computers in support of the Advanced Battle Management System Onramp 2 exercise. Multiple exercises took place this fall to prove some of the initial concepts of joint warfighting across all domains. Credit: Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Hernandez, The Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) exercise tested the digital integration of the U.S. Air Force’s ABMS with other weapons and communications systems in a joint warfighting environment. Credit: Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cory D. Payne

Innovative computing, software and advanced data processing will be needed to confront near-peer adversaries, including China and Russia.

Preparing for JEDI

October 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, pictured speaking at the Pentagon in April, explained to reporters yesterday that the department has not heard anything back from the Federal Communications Commission about the disputed Ligado ruling. Credit: DOD photo by Marvin Lynchard

The Defense Department is moving forward with preparations for an enterprise tactical cloud, says the DOD’s top information officer.

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.