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Irregular Warfare Alert

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A new interagency counter-trafficking center under the direction of U.S. European Command is scheduled to reach full operating capability by September, according U.S. military officials.
January 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A recent federal court ruling has paved the way for a contractor to begin performing strategic communication services in Iraq more than seven months after it won the contract.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy and the international community should consider how to counter piracy in the same way they approach countering terrorism, Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet, told reporters today.

January 13, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy will draw upon the thinking and actions of the other military services and the Pentagon's most elite forces to design a new way forward for countering irregular threats through a new initiative.

January 07, 2011 | Inside the Navy
In September 2009, the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment announced a little-noticed award for a study on how the U.S. would "project power in a future anti-access environment." That study would "assess a prospective Navy power projection system involving conventional strike from an unmanned towed payload," according to the announcement. It was completed in about a year.
January 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Army this week kicks off a sweeping self-assessment commissioned by service leaders to measure the impact of U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- a review with the potential to affect nearly every dimension of the Army, including investments beginning in fiscal year 2014.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

Boeing has
begun delivering the first brigade set of Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team
hardware to the Army, as the service prepares for a Defense Acquisition Board
review later this month that could impact additional deliveries and the future
of the program.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

intelligence officials are moving closer to fielding a suite of technologies
that would enable soldiers watching over Afghanistan's main traffic artery to
pass information about roadside bombs and other threats through a high-speed
wireless network, according to a service official.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Kiowa
Warrior program office is determining a path forward for extending the life of
the helicopter fleet as it awaits an Army decision on the future of Armed
Aerial Scout, according to a service official.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is
ramping up its controversial Human Terrain Systems program and will be sending
more teams to Afghanistan this summer while simultaneously working with allied
nations seeking to develop their own HTS capabilities, according to the
program's director.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is
struggling to manage, store and rapidly interpret intelligence about improvised
explosive devices from the tactical edge in a way that will drive operations in
theater, according to a counter-IED official.

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy wants to greatly increase the number of expeditionary dogs assisting troops in Afghanistan, but the service is not saying much about what kind of work the dogs will be doing.
December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A firm hired to perform strategic communication services in Iraq will continue the work despite a contract dispute with the Defense Department that has landed in federal court.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A defense official last week argued the Pentagon could do more to positively influence adversaries' behavior through strategic communication if the government focused more on what needs to be done instead of who is in charge of overseeing it.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will start doing operational tests in 2012 with a team of two ultra-stealthy special operations boats called SEALION, for SEAL insertion, observation and neutralization, according to a program official.
December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

As the Army
continues to make modernizing its network a top priority, some service
scientists are focused on adversaries' abilities to erode soldiers' trust in
that network.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

Over the
summer, Pentagon officials added two highly classified projects to the lineup
of fiscal year 2010 joint capability technology demonstrations, both aimed at
helping military officials track high-value targets and "maritime objects,"
according to a previously unreported Defense Department briefing posted online.

December 03, 2010 | Daily News

Despite fierce fighting in a key Taliban holdout in Afghanistan, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos is encouraged by what he's heard from the two-star Marine commander leading the effort.

In a Dec. 2 video teleconference with the commandant, Maj. Gen. Richard Mills said operations there are going “great,” Amos said last night at a Marine Corps Association dinner. Mills is the commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

“Rich is optimistic,” Amos said, adding that he aims to have weekly calls with Mills to ensure the commander has what he needs.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Nine years after the Marine Corps first set foot in Afghanistan, the problem of improvised explosive devices still remains at the forefront as Taliban fighters continue to adapt with more sophisticated measures and the service's leadership tries to figure out a balance between heavily armored and more agile vehicles.
November 11, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is nearing completion on several documents that will define strategic communications and information operations and explore how the department should manage and oversee them, a defense official told Inside the Pentagon.