U.S. Military Enters A New Era Defined By Globalization Of Its Technology Supply Chain

Gone are the days when the Department of Defense could depend on American industry to provide it with high-tech components used in advanced weapons systems. Gone too are the well-funded defense R&D enterprises responsible for the creation of entire industries such as the Internet, high-performance computing and the global position system. The Department of Defense and its major contractors are now dependent on foreign manufacturers for many of the military's most advanced weapons systems.

How robots are helping Marines save lives on battlefield

Marines are known for risking their lives on the battlefield, but more and more, robot technology is helping to avoid those dangers and save lives. One of those machines, the Mark II Talon is proving to be a crucial robot for Marines in the field.

Top Air Force scientist: More STEM-educated troops needed

STEM education is a challenge for the entire country. While the Air Force has been more successful than other services in recruiting scientists and engineers, the military as a whole needs to appeal to a sense of service and patriotism to recruit the best talent, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said. The military should "appeal to scientists and engineers who don't want to just make the cool app, they want to make something of value," Endsley told reporters at the Pentagon.

House panel unveils $579B bill funding Pentagon

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $579 billion bill funding the Defense Department for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The bill provides about $24 billion more than the current 2015 fiscal year and $800 million above President Obama’s request, according to the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee, which will mark up the bill behind closed doors Wednesday.

Senate could take up $612 billion defense policy bill in June

“Schedule permitting, the committee is ready to go to the floor in June,” a Senate Armed Services Committee aide told The Hill on Monday. The panel unveiled its draft of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week. The $612 billion policy blueprint sets spending limits for all Defense Department programs and initiatives.

This Is What a Twenty-First Century U.S. Naval Strategy Looks Like

Naval strategy is in the news: Cooperative Strategy 21 (CS-21R) was released in April; the surface warfare community is discussing its supporting strategy,  ‘Distributed Lethality;’ the Secretary of the Navy released his Navy’s Innovation Vision and the HASC  Subcommittee on Seapower and Force Projection has been active with hearings and testimony from strategists.

Authorization Bill a Prelude to US Spending Showdown

The House Armed Services Committee handed the Pentagon and US defense sector a victory by surgically protecting weapon programs and authorizing extra war funding — but a showdown with the White House looms. The committee, in the early hours of April 30, voted to add billions to a list of weapon programs, and signed off on a $495.9 billion base Pentagon budget and an $89.2 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO) account.

Thirty-Eight Think Tank Experts Urge Defense Reform

Today, all of CSBA’s senior scholars join dozens of experts from a bipartisan group of think tanks in calling for reforms to the Department of Defense. In the letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Congressional leaders, the think tanks call for base closures, changes to the DoD civilian workforce, and military compensation reform. Two years ago, a bipartisan group of experts warned similarly of growing imbalances within the defense budget. This strong bipartisan consensus is even stronger today, and the urgency for change is even greater. Without these reforms, “our combat power will continue to suffer, morale will fall further, and America’s competitors will continue to become more capable of contesting U.S. interests around the world.”

DoD Joins Forces to Invest in STEM Education

Teachers and military students gathered at the vice president’s home in Washington, DC, Monday, for the launch of the expanded program in partnership with the Joining Forces program started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Vice President Joe Biden thanked NMSI supporters for the work they’re doing to expand the College Readiness Program to prevent the children of active duty military from falling behind in their education.

US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare

Although any kind of warmaking offensive carries risks, "cyberwarfare can be an effective deterrent in two ways," noted Vasco Data Security VP John Gunn. "It can make our assets less attractive for fear of retaliation -- and used in a preemptive manner, it could potentially be used to interrupt or detect hacker threats in process to decrease their effectiveness."

Pentagon chief seeks to woo Silicon Valley, eyes tech innovation

Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in California's Silicon Valley on Wednesday at the start of a three-day trip aiming to draw in America's tech innovators despite major challenges, including making the Pentagon attractive to cyber-savvy youth. Carter plans to make several announcements during the visit, defense officials say, including establishing an outreach office in Silicon Valley focused on scouting new and emerging breakthrough technologies and building industry ties to the Pentagon.

US Navy Pursues High-Tech Submarine Upgrades

U.S. Navy leaders say the service is making progress developing new technologies to ensure the U.S. retains its technological edge in the undersea domain – as countries like China continue rapid military modernization and construction of new submarines. The innovations, which emerged from the Navy's R&D program, include quieting technologies for the engine room to make the submarine harder to detect, a new large vertical array and additional coating materials for the hull.

Meet the largest aircraft on earth

A U.S. Army mega aircraft – a hybrid of plane, helicopter, hovercraft and airship- is going civilian. Designed by British design company Hybrid Air Vehicles for the U.S. military, this massive piece of next-gen tech can travel through the air at nearly 100 miles per hour. At 302 feet, the Airlander 10 is bigger than a Boeing 747 and its new big brother in development will be bigger than a football field.

McMaster outlines innovation, potential risks

When it comes to the challenge of finding ways to innovate the Army to win in a complex world, Army leaders must be in tune with the risks and fallacies that could lead to undermining their own efforts. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, deputy commander, futures/director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Training and Doctrine Command, addressed attendees of the 2015 AUSA Global Force Symposium on “Army Innovation Under Force 2025 and Beyond” March 31.

Navy to launch new cyber strategy

Kevin Cooley, executive director and command information officer for Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, suggested that the service is gearing up for the possibility that the White House will order offensive cyberattacks. "You don't win a knife fight without swinging a knife," Cooley said at a C4ISR & Networks conference in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. "We're spending time making sure we're ready to execute should those options be considered appropriate by national command authority to do that.”


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