The United States should offer to reduce its nuclear arsenal significantly below current treaty requirements to no more than 1,000 deployed strategic warheads and 500 strategic delivery vehicles if Russia is willing to reciprocate, according to a draft State Department report on near-term options for implementing more nuclear force cuts.
Pentagon's Air-Sea Battle initiative is having a bigger impact on military
investment plans compared to a year ago, sparking the acceleration of key
programs to counter emerging threats in the fiscal year 2014 long-term budget
process, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert.741 words
The Army is evaluating how it could include the other services in its next demonstration of a capability to integrate drones and manned aircraft, according to Army officials leading the effort.
U.S. Transportation Command is grappling with industrial base concerns in light of pending budget cuts and the planned drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to officials and a summary of talks between TRANSCOM and commercial-sector representatives.
cyber threat facing the United States today is the extraordinary vulnerability
of the civilian sector, Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, head of Marine Corps Cyberspace
Command, said Wednesday at a conference in Baltimore, MD. "I believe the
Department of Defense has the authorizations, has the ability to defend its
nets and to conduct operations within the cyber world cleanly," he said, adding
the same is not true of key civilian networks, which are attacked on a daily
basis. There is a "gap in responsibilities, authorities, and legislative
needs," Mills said.93 words
House authorizers have criticized the Defense Department for using the omnibus reprogramming request to cover the $1.5 billion fuel shortfall, but approved the request nonetheless.
announced plans Wednesday to base 51 V-22 Osprey tiltrotors and H-1 helicopters
in Hawaii to support III Marine Expeditionary Force, according to a notice in
the Federal Register.281 words
tighten ties with the Pentagon, boost surveillance of the South China Sea and
be prepared to deploy minesweepers to the Middle East if Iran threatens to
close the Strait of Hormuz, according to a report released Wednesday by the
Center for Strategic and International Studies.760 words
The Army, on
behalf of the Navy, is conducting research and testing on the GQM-163
Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target to see if it would be a viable option for the
Japanese navy, according to an Army spokesman and a recent notice posted on Federal
Business Opportunities.324 words
Senate appropriators have provided almost three times the amount the Pentagon requested for its Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, creating a conference issue with the House.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has plussed up the Pentagon's Defense Production Act Purchases request by $100 million, creating a conference issue with the House.
House and Senate appropriators are $19 million apart on their overall plans for the Defense Department's multibillion-dollar science and technology budget request for fiscal year 2013.
Although House appropriators made funding the development of a dry combat submersible a priority, adding $35 million to the Defense Department's request, Senate appropriators disagreed, setting up a conference issue.
Senate appropriators have recommended cutting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's fiscal year 2013 budget request by $25 million, setting up a conference issue with House appropriators who want to add $10 million to DARPA's $2.8 billion request.
Lockheed Martin has completed Phase 2 testing for a system that uses lasers to recharge an unmanned aerial system in mid-flight, marking the first outdoor flight test of a UAS powered by a laser.
Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities are overseen by a system that is too compartmentalized, diffuse and segregated to effectively take advantage of the technical innovations in the area, according to a study released Friday.
The Office of Naval Research is seeking industry input to solve "critical deficiencies" in selecting, training and equipping drone operators, especially those that control larger unmanned aircraft systems.
The Navy is
participating in a variety of efforts to determine the best way to process the
vast amounts of data flooding in with the proliferation of unmanned systems and
sensors in general, according to the service.468 words
officials have declined to say what led to an apparent change of heart about
the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System, raising
questions as to who advocated for the construction of two additional aircraft
under the already-canceled program.600 words
has been awarded a $646 million contract modification by the Army to upgrade
353 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, according to a recent company announcement.195 words
The Army has
scheduled an industry day to discuss its new non-developmental strategy for a
Small Airborne Networking Radio to replace the phased-out Airborne Maritime
Fixed radio program that was part of the Joint Tactical Radio System, according
to a service announcement.293 words