Defense Operations Blog

Russia Strengthening Focus on AI Technologies

April 10, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Russia is preparing to try and dominate the artificial intelligence landscape, and the United States should not be caught off guard, says Samuel Bendett, associate research analyst, Center for Naval Analyses.

In an unprecedented way, the country is coordinating across sectors to develop these advanced technologies.

Army Opens Lines of Communication

April 4, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Audience members engage at the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement Symposium roundtable., Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus, USA, director, U.S. Army Mission Command Center of Excellence, addresses members of the military and industry who attended the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement roundtable prior to the opening of the symposium., Panelists discuss the Army's Modernization Strategy at the AFCEA Mission Command Industry Engagement Symposium.

Industry and academia to play a larger role in helping Army operate in a more contested, congested environment.

An Insecure Space

March 28, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force launches the ninth Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in March 2017. Such satellites play an integral part of the United State’s strategic and tactical coordination of military operations in an increasingly contested space domain. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson; Courtesy of United Launch Alliance.

Policy leaders see vulnerabilities in U.S. space systems, which may be fixed by organizational changes, among other steps.

NATO Wants to Work With Russia on Security

March 15, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller meets with troops at Adazi Military Base in Latvia. NATO has stationed rotating forces in the Baltics to demonstrate its resolve and commitment, but that does not preclude working with Russia on international security matters.

NATO wants to work with Russia on security measures, but the resurgent power must make concrete moves that show it is serious about cooperation.

Army Leads on Multidomain Battle Concept

March 8, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Gen. Stephen Townsend, USA, commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaks at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference.

The service is grappling with how to operationalize the approach.

Army CIO Offers Capability Wish List

March 6, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, Army chief information officer (CIO)/G-6, takes questions at the AFCEA Signal Conference., Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, deputy commanding general and chief of staff, for U.S. Army Forces Command, speaks to AFCEA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.) at the AFCEA Signal Conference.

The Army is interested in microsatellites, dynamic spectrum, ground-based GPS alternatives, AI, machine learning and robotics.

Army Deploys Biometrics System to Iraq

February 26, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army is evaluating a multimodal, non-contact biometrics system at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Credit: HQuality/Shutterstock

Contact-free fingerprint, facial recognition and iris detection capabilities will be assessed for about 30 days.

Navy Veers Away From Linear Modernization

February 9, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Sea service leaders addressing challenges and opportunities in a town hall format are (l-r) Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; Adm. John M. Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations; Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; along with moderator Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University., Exploring the exotic world of hyperwar are (r-l) Capt. Sean Heritage, USN, Navy and IT portfolio lead, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx); Amir Husain, founder and CEO, SparkCognition Inc; August Cole, senior fellow, Avascent/Atlantic Council; and panel moderator Capt. David Adams, USN (Ret.), program manager, Western Pacific Oceaneering., Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition James F. Geurts outlines potential changes in Navy acquisition processes.

Replacing older maritime assets must be teamed with a host of new capabilities and doctrines.

More Funding Not a Cure-all for Sea Services

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
From l-r, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, USCG, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, commandant, U.S. Marine Corps; and  Adm. John M. Richardson, USN, chief of naval operations, discuss sea service challenges and opportunities in a town hall forum moderated by Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Money alone can't buy modernization as the sea services confront a range of internal and external challenges.

Hyperwar Is Coming Faster Than You Think

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Hyperwar and its ramifications were the subject of a West 2018 panel comprising (r-l) Capt. Sean Heritage, USN, Navy and IT portfolio lead, DIUx; Amir Husain, founder and CEO, SparkCognition; August Cole, senior fellow, Avascent/Atlantic Council; and panel moderator Capt. David Adams, USN (Ret.), program manager, Western Pacific Oceaneering.

Powered by AI, hyperwar will change the conflict equation.

The Competition to Innovate Better Than Adversaries

February 8, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, USN, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), reviews the complexity of information warfare., Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, USMC, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, outlines Marine Corps efforts to out-innovate adversaries, Discussing how to prevail in the gray zone are (l-r) panel moderator Kathleen Hicks, director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, USN; Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN; Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, USCG; Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, USN; and Nina Hachigian, former ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The U.S. military finds itself challenged by peers and near-peers.

In Between War and Peace, the Gray Zone Hosts Conflict

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
At West 2018, panelists discuss how to prevail in the gray zone (l-r): Kathleen Hicks, International Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies; Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, USN; Vice Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN; Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, USCG; Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, USN; and Nina Hachigian, former ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Neither war nor peace, conflict still reigns in this vague realm.

Marines Have Changing Future in Their Sights

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, USMC, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, discusses Marine Corps innovations in the Wednesday keynote address at West 2018 in San Diego.

The U.S. Marine Corps is charging into the future at full speed.

New National Defense Strategy Requires Innovative Approaches

February 7, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing how to use the network to build maritime power are (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO; Kenneth W. Bible, deputy director, C4/Deputy CIO, U.S. Marine Corps; Kelly Fletcher, acting Department of Navy CIO; Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces; and Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, USCG, assistant commandant, C4&IT and commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command., Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, describes the ramifications of the new National Defense Strategy during his opening keynote address at West 2018., Adm. Scott H. Swift, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, discusses the broad challenge posed by China during his keynote luncheon address.

The U.S. National Defense Strategy provides a picture of the nation's challenges, but the path to solutions is not so clear.

China Poses a New Type of Challenge

February 6, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Scott H. Swift, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, shares his views on the China challenge at West 2018.

China poses a new type of challenge. The United States must develop a new type of response to meet it.

Reform Key to National Defense

February 6, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan explains key elements of the new U.S. National Defense Strategy at West 2018.

Building a new defense takes more than hardware, software and personnel. Reform is as the heart of all efforts.

U.S. Army Improving Mobile Command Posts

January 10, 2018
The U.S. Army has kicked off a new effort to modernize expeditionary command posts. Credit: U.S. Army

The Army recently authorized an effort to address mobility issues and ensure communications hardware and mission-command application integration across platforms.

Army Moves to Integrate Warfare Operations

December 14, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
From left, the Army’s Maj. Gen. Patricia Frost, Maj. Gen. John Morrison, and Maj. Gen. David Lacquement (Ret.) discuss at a recent AUSA event how the Army is integrating electronic warfare capabilities into a multifunction approach with cyber and intelligence operations.

To succeed in the global digital battlefield, the Army is building multifunction teams in electronic warfare and cyber operations.

Plan for Potential Degraded Operations

November 3, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, USN, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet discusses resiliency at TechNet Asia-Pacific., Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter, USN, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet discusses resiliency at TechNet Asia-Pacific.

The low-cost entry to access the same technology the military uses leaves open the possibility for embedded attacks on the technology we depend on.

Sharing Information Supports Resiliency

November 2, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
Reliance on C4 capabilities demands resiliency and cybersecurity baked into all aspects of system operations, bringing confidence in resilient communications to the warfighter. Speaking on a panel that addressed this topic were, l to r: Col. Jay Matos, USMC; Col. Joseph E. Delaney, USMC; Brig. Gen. Paul H. Fredenburgh III, USA;  Brig. Gen. Stephen C. Williams, USAF; and Col. James D. (Jim) Turinetti, IV, USA. Also on the panel was James Williams. , Panelists at TechNet Asia-Pacific discuss C4 capabilities.

Technology is rapidly changing, providing opportunities as well as challenges.

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