The Decline of US Military Innovation

The United States is at risk of losing its military edge. America’s armed forces may still be the most advanced in the world; after all, the US spends more than twice as much on military research and development as major powers like France and Russia, and nine times more than China and Germany. But America’s continued technological leadership is far from assured.

US Navy Secretary announces creation of new task force innovation

The US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the creation of a new task force innovation (TFI), which will develop a comprehensive innovation agenda. Mabus said: "From non-state actors to rising powers, today's threats to our national security and our interests are not just becoming more numerous, they are also accelerating.

Nearly every U.S. arms program found vulnerable to cyber attacks

Nearly every U.S. weapons program tested in fiscal 2014 showed "significant vulnerabilities" to cyber attacks, including misconfigured, unpatched and outdated software, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said in his annual report released Tuesday.

Third Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Launched And Responding To Commands

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy is now responding to commands after being launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Jan. 20th. An initialization team, led by the company, is operating the MUOS-3 satellite from the Naval Satellite Operations Center located at the Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California.

U.S. Navy will unveil electromagnetic weapon technology to public

This new gun will rely on electricity and magnetic fields to shoot projectiles instead of using traditional chemical propellants. It can launch projectiles at distances more than 100 nautical miles and at speeds that exceed Mach 6 — six times the speed of sound. The Electromagnetic Railgun will be on display to the public on Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Navy Buys $81 Million Lithium-Iron Battery to Power Next-Gen Electromagnetic Railgun

The electromagnetic railgun has become one of the largest science and technology projects supported by the Office of Naval Research. The railgun uses electricity rather than gunpowder or rocket motors to hurl hypersonic projectiles over extremely long distances. The railgun can deliver a projectile at speeds greater than Mach 7. A projectile can strike a target located more than 200 nautical miles away from a warship in about six minutes.

US Army Looks To 3D Print Food For Soldiers

With 3D technology, food can be tailored to a soldier’s nutritional needs. Because the Army’s Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE) standard for food has a shelf life of three years, 3D printing creates new options that could make meals have longer and more stable shelf lives according to Lauren Oleksyk, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).

U.S. Navy employs fully-realistic shark drone

( - “GhostSwimmer will allow the Navy to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe,” Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group (the company that developed the robot) said last week in a Navy-issued statement. “The unit is a combination of unmanned systems engineering and unique propulsion and control capabilities.”

US Army chooses lightweight body armour system

The US Army has chosen a new body armour system that incorporates Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to deliver unparalleled ballistics protection combined with unprecedented weight reduction.

Time Frame Set for US Tech Initiative

The long-range research-and-development initiative recently touted by top Pentagon leadership to help counter advances being made by potential adversaries is still taking shape, but now there is at least a tentative timeline. A team being run by Stephen Welby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering, is leading the effort and will spend the next six months looking at proposals from the defense industry and commercial firms to determine which ideas deserve further scrutiny and, potentially, investment.

Innovative Solutions Needed to Spur Innovation

Speaking on the final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, emphasized the importance of innovation in maintaining U.S. military superiority. "The best way to [maintain superiority] is to play to our strengths—American ingenuity and innovation," he said. "By turning our best and brightest loose, there's no challenge we can't meet.

Pentagon Launches New Future Weapons Research Effort

Described as an effort to create a new technological offset strategy like that which the U.S. pursued in the 1950s and 1980s, the Long Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, involves a solicitation to industry, academia, and small business to begin enterprising ideas on areas of focus for new weapons and technology research and development.

Preserving U.S. Military Might: How to Make the Third Offset Strategy a Success

In a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library on November 15th, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel introduced the Defense Innovation Initiative or DII, a set of projects some have dubbed the “Third Offset Strategy.” Hagel challenged his department and the greater defense community to devise technologies and concepts that will ensure that U.S. military forces retain, as Hagel described, “the ability to project power rapidly across oceans and continents by surging aircraft, ships, troops and supplies.

Bill would help vets complete STEM studies

Students who use the Post-9/11 GI Bill would receive an extra nine months of benefits if they pursue a degree in one of the STEM fields, according to congressional documents and a news release. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., introduced the legislation Wednesday.

DoD Solicits Public Input on Strategies to Drive Military Innovation

The U.S. Defense Department wants to engage industry, universities and the general public to identify methods for the agency to incorporate technology into future military strategies, DoD News reported Wednesday.


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