program designed to share cybersecurity threat intelligence with defense
contractors is losing members, defense officials told Inside the Pentagon.954 words
An anti-missile capability intended to intercept future long-range Iranian weapons might need to be designed with modified launching systems and a liquid propellant, but whether these features will be required remains undecided.
The Navy needs to overhaul how it develops and invests in autonomous systems that could prove critical in countering future anti-access and area-denial threats, according to a study briefed this week to senior service officials.
Department is on track to post a banner year for overseas military sales,
tallying at least $68 billion in deals for combat equipment with foreign
governments in fiscal year 2012 and beating the Pentagon's forecast -- which
assumed an unusually large sale of combat aircraft to Saudi Arabia -- by nearly
14 percent.639 words
United States - Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting was held
Wednesday in Washington. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and ROK Minister of
National Defense Kim Kwan Jin led their respective delegations, which included
senior defense and foreign affairs officials. The focus of much of the
discussions was North Korea, Panetta told reporters. He also cited increased
bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity and space. "Today Minister Kim and I
affirm that this alliance will remain a cornerstone of stability in Northeast
Asia into the future," Panetta said.89 words
The Pentagon is eying a new version of a software designed to boost interoperability for unmanned aircraft systems that will support the full integration of services and help ensure consistency, according to a defense official overseeing the program.
The Air Force plans next year to conduct a fourth flight test of a hypersonic vehicle that lost control during its third flight in August, said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager for Air Force Research Laboratory.
The Pentagon has authorized foreign shipyards to construct up to two prototype vessels or major components for its Dry Combat Submersible development program, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command has informed Congress.
To fill a critical gap, the Pentagon plans to acquire additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for special operations forces under its rapid acquisition authority, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress.
pressure from Congress and within the Defense Department to reduce excess
capacity, the Army's top general in Europe opposes closing and realigning more
U.S. military bases on the continent.697 words
U.S. military personnel are expanding their collaboration with NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia, the Army's top general in Europe said this week.
The entrance of private firms into the space launch market has changed the calculus for developing new launch technologies, particularly the Reusable Booster System, according to a study released this week by the National Academy of Sciences.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency kicked off its Robotics Challenge on Wednesday, announcing the 18 funded teams that will be competing to create a robot capable of replacing human rescuers in disaster zones.
leaders from the Army and Navy said this week that their services are already
planning for sequestration or will soon begin doing so, but the Air Force has
not started to plan and will not until formal guidance from the Office of
Management and Budget is issued.285 words
The Navy will
start planning for across-the-board sequestration cuts in late November or
early December if Congress has not moved to spare the military by then, the
vice chief of naval operations said this week.300 words
An Oct. 18
article, "Upcoming Airship Demo To Test System That Manages Vehicle Buoyancy"
incorrectly stated the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was
enacted in December 2012. The law was enacted in December 2011. The story has
been corrected online.40 words
have begun planning for sequestration, trying to determine whether the service
will have any flexibility in managing billions of dollars in cuts that will be
required if a long-term deficit reduction deal is not enacted by Jan. 2.407 words
Department is bullish about securing multiyear procurement authority for
big-ticket weapons programs -- which could save $2.7 billion -- despite the ban
on such deals enacted by Congress in the stopgap spending law that governs
military spending through March.578 words
Department is accelerating weapons integration on the F-35A and plans to outfit
the Block 2B -- previously slated to carry no ordnance -- with precision-guided
bombs, a move the Joint Strike Fighter joint program office says is part of a
plan to "reduce program risk" and allow the early Air Force variant to be
rebranded as an "initial warfighting" configuration.1196 words
approved the Defense Department's request to shift slightly more than $109 million
into the Navy's fiscal year 2012 budget to support three unmanned air systems
programs that are operating in Afghanistan.322 words
recently briefed the Air Force on a common ballistic missile concept that may
be used on the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine, which could
help reduce cost, according to the service's strategic systems director.448 words
The process used to award a $150 million Army intelligence contract to SAIC was fair, according to the Government Accountability Office.