Defense Operations Blog

Defense Department Unveils Artificial Intelligence Strategy

February 14, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Department has released a strategy to implement artificial intelligence, as it expects the technology has the potential to transform its military functions positively. Credit: Shutterstock/Valerii Iavtushenko

The military acknowledges the transformative role AI can play in the nation’s defense.

Reactions to Cloud Strategy Only Partly Sunny

February 6, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Industry and military officials see both silver linings and gray skies in the Pentagon's cloud computing strategy. Credit: Ivan Cholakov and jannoon0281/Shutterstock, edited by Chris D'Elia

Military and industry experts praise the Defense Department's cloud computing strategy as an important first step toward modernization while raising concerns and questions.

DISA Calls on Industry to Build Transparency into Artificial Intelligence

February 6, 2018
by Kimberly Underwood
, The DOD’s JAIC is leading AI-related planning, policy, oversight, ethics and safety within the department while DISA creates a team to determine how to apply such technologies to DISA’s existing portfolio, says Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, DISA director and commander, JFHQ-DODIN, at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium. Credit: Bill Baum

In the push to use and trust automation and machine learning, solutions have to be explainable, says the agency’s director.

Cyber Needs to Be Integrated, Not Treated Uniquely

January 16, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Dennis A Crall, USMC, principal deputy cyber advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, speaks at CERTS.,

“If last year was the year of authorities and strategy, this is the year for implementation," said Brig. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, USMC.

Navy Commissions Latest Littoral Combat Ship in Annapolis

November 19, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The latest littoral combat ship to be commissioned, the USS Sioux City, is "a capable and lethal and tough ship,” designed to combat asymmetric threats, says Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN. Credit: LCS Team Freedom, MNC Patrick Ischep, USN, describes the USS Sioux City’s flexibility as a warship, configured for mine warfare, antisubmarine warfare or surface warfare. Credit: Kim Underwood, In choosing the ship’s namesake, former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said he wanted to honor the “patriotic, hard-working citizens of Sioux City, Iowa, for their support and contributions to the military.” Credit: Kim Underwood

LCS-11, the USS Sioux City, boasts a lethal and flexible configuration to combat against asymmetrical threats.

Transformational Data Will Define Military Operations

November 15, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Young AFCEAN-sponsored panel previewing the future of military data intelligence features (l-r) Brandon Lester, SRC Technologies; Mike Henry, The MITRE Corporation; Vincent Lee, Leeward Community College; Robert J. Runser; NSA Hawaii; and Chuck Weissenborn, Symantec. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are two of the many technologies that will change the way the military operates, according to a panel of experts.

Partnership Building Accelerates in the Indo-Pacific Region

November 15, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Maj. Gen. John P. Johnson, USA, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific, describes how the Army is working toward the broader picture of improved international partnerships at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2018 in Honolulu. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Dynamic changes are driving nations together to face burgeoning challenges throughout the Indo-Pacific, and the U.S. Army is doing its part.

Interoperability Needs a New Meaning

November 14, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
TechNet Asia-Pacific 2018 panelists discussing coalition interoperability are (l-r) Capt. Ron Gumbert, USN (Ret.), Gartner; Capt. Allen Edmiston, USN, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; Mark Fox, Amazon Web Services; Frank T. Quick, MITRE National Security Sector; and Lt. Col. Van Thai, USAF, DKI APCSS.

The pursuit of coalition interoperability has become more difficult as new technologies emerge, potential operations become more diverse and different militaries look at cooperative actions.

DISA Tells Industry: Be Our Partner

November 7, 2018
By Julianne Simpson
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA, gives the luncheon keynote at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in May. Photo credit: Michael Carpenter

DISA provided in-depth information about its acquisition and procurement plans at its annual Forecast to Industry event with the theme of “Trusted Partnerships."

Air Force Tells Satellite Industry to Make Room for Flexibility

November 2, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Col. James Reynolds, USAF, emphasizes that the Air Force can’t develop satellite communications like they did in the past, signaling a move away from single providers in some cases.

In the future, the service wants to get away from a single operator structure in some cases.

The X-Band Question

November 2, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
United Launch Alliance's Delta IV rocket, carrying the Air Force’s WGS-9 satellite, launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 18, 2017. Although the Air Force has its sights on further WGS missions 11 and 12, they don’t include plans to support X-band capability. Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

How the U.S. military plans to sustain satellite-based X-band capability is still unclear.

Defense Industry Calls for STEM Talent

October 31, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
To meet the STEM employment gap, Barbara Borgonovi, vice president, Integrated Communication Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, advises the military and the industry to alter how they identify, hire and retain talent. Credit: AFCEA/Katie Helwig

The gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers will only grow, defense leaders warn.

SPAWAR Has Its Work Cut Out for It

October 31, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
 Rear Adm. Christian "Boris" Becker, USN, commander of SPAWAR, speaks at MILCOM. Credit: Katie Helwig

In meeting the needs of a moving and growing global U.S. Navy, SPAWAR is facing challenges in fielding information technology from the seabed to space.

Army CIO Turns the Focus to the Enterprise

October 30, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the Army CIO/G-6, is turning his attention to the service’s enterprise. Credit: Katie Helwig/AFCEA

After helping shape the Army’s network modernization efforts, CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford takes on the service’s information technology enterprise. 

Air Force Pursues SMC 2.0 Effort

October 30, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and commander, Air Force Space Command, offers that the SMC 2.0 effort is all about shifting SMC's cultural mindset to be more innovative in satellite communications. Credit: Katie Helwig/AFCEA

Lt. Gen. Thompson outlines the service's plans to improve acquisition, reorganize internal processes and harness innovation for the military's satellite communications.

U.S. Navy Embarks on Trident Juncture 18 NATO Exercise

October 16, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Last week, Canadian Forces Lt. Gen. Christian Juneau, deputy commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples (l); Adm. James Foggo, USN, commander of the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples (c) ;and Lt. Gen. Rune Jakobsen, commander of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters in Bodo, Norway, outline plans for Trident Juncture, one of the largest joint defensive exercise that NATO has ever held.

With Trident Juncture 18, NATO is conducting one of its largest exercises in recent history.

Identity is Crucial for Government IT, Says Federal CIO

September 26, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
Federal CIO Suzette Kent discusses the role of identity mangement in federal IT modernization during AFCEA’s Federal Identity Summit.

Suzette Kent tells AFCEA Federal Identity Summit identity management is central to digital infrastructure.

Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Spreads its Wings

September 19, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
To leverage innovative combat support equipment and technology, the two-year old Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) is now holding an annual Installations Weapon and Tactics Conference, modeled after Air Combat Command’s WEPTAC conference. This year’s event in San Antonio brought together senior Air Force leaders and mission support officials, and included an industry day organized by the Society of Military Engineers. U.S. Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon, A C-17 Globemaster III from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 912th Aerial Refueling Squadron during a refueling mission over Arizona in July. Airmen of the future will be called upon to be more agile and be more versatile in their skill sets and capabilities, reports AFIMSC Commander Maj. Gen. Bradley Spacy, USAF. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Castelan

The center looks to agility, advanced training and data analysis to support a more efficient Air Force.

Army Modernizing Training and Education for Cyber, EW

August 23, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. John Morrison Jr., USA, commanding general of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, moderates a panel at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Maj. Gen. John Morrison Jr., USA, commanding general of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence (far r), moderates a panel at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Army cyber, electronic warfare and signal schools consider new training and education methods.

U.S. Army Implementing Five CEMA Force Design Changes

August 23, 2018
By George I. Seffers
David May, senior intelligence advisor, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia, speaks during a panel at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Army's drive to better integrate multiple domains, including cyber, intelligence and electronic warfare, is leading to force changes.