Defense Operations Blog

Air Force Performs Key Exercise in North Sea Air Space

June 5, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A F-15E Strike Eagle from the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England on May 27 during a large force exercise. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa and airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing conducted the dissimilar air combat training to advance combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to help strengthen the NATO alliance. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Sparks

The 48th Fighter Wing and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa conducted the exercise to maintain readiness and ensure a strong NATO defense.

Brig. Gen. Collins Takes the Reins of the Army’s Tactical Communications Effort

June 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), through its Program Manager Tactical Network, equips a brigade combat team in the 82nd Airborne Division with the an inflatable satellite communications system known as T2C2. Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, USA, takes over as the new PEO C3T on June 1 and says he will continue the key efforts to modernize the service's tactical communications. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PEO C3T

Leader will continue PEO C3T’s robust modernization of the Integrated Tactical Network.

Army Scientists Tap Partners for Next Stage of Robotics Technologies

May 29, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
For the U.S. Army to develop truly autonomous driverless vehicles, it must realize advances being pursued by the Army Research Laboratory. (U.S. Army photo)

The Army Research Laboratory has distributed research among eight partners to advance vehicle autonomy to the next stage.

Creating a Sustained Environment for Multidomain Experimentation

May 20, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army tests an integrated mounted reconnaissance capability on a manned Stryker and an unmanned ground system called the Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport during the Joint Warfighter Assessment (JWA) 2019 in December. The Army is preparing Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, capabilities to test at the next JWA in 2021. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jack Bunja.

The Army is establishing a persistent atmosphere for development of Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, capabilities.

DOD's Top Tech Priorities Shift to Microelectronics and 5G

May 19, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/Ivan Cholakov

The director of defense research and engineering for modernization provided an update on the department's modernization efforts during the Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Ellen Lord: The United States Is Too Reliant on China for Medical Gear

April 30, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has revealed weaknesses in the medical industrial base, including a dependency on China, indicates Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. Credit: Tumisu/Pixabay

The military cranks out protective gear for COVID-19 and future pandemics.

Space Force Launches Data Governance Council

May 6, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Col. Laurel Walsh, 50th Operations Group commander (l), and Airman 1st Class Michael McCowan, satellite systems operator and mission planner, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, give the final command to decommission Satellite Vehicle Number-36 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado in January. As part of steps to create a modern, agile U.S. Space Force, the new service is creating a data management governance council. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Amanda Lovelace, An Atlas V AEHF-6 rocket successfully launches from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida in March. This was U.S. Space Force's first launch. And as it pursues a new era of military space operations, the service is creating a data management governance council to help make sure information gets to warfighters when needed. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Conti

The council is part of the service’s emerging data management effort.

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.