German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo
Clarification: The article below has been clarified to include information on the Defense Department’s effort to bolster base cyber defense and cybersecurity measures within the networks of partner nations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, based on additional comments by Maj. Gen. John Davis
The Pentagon’s cadre of cyberwarriors are working to bolster cyber security measures within civilian and military networks of individual countries, tagged by the Defense Department as being particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. Read More
Artist’s conception of a Northrop Grumman X-47B.
Nations and non-state actors are engaged in the race for unmanned systems. The reason is simple: Unmanned systems can take additional risk and are not tied to human endurance, said Paul Scharre, 20YY Warfare Initiative director and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Read More
ISAF Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. in 2013. DoD Photo.
The current commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan has been tapped to be the next commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Pentagon announced today. Read More
MH-60S helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 on May 30, 2014. US Navy Photo
While acknowledging, “we will always have an operational need for vertical lift,” the Pentagon’s tight budget future is keeping the initiative to replace its aging fleet of helicopters on a small science-and- technology diet that worries industry. Read More
US Marines during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2014. US Marine Corps Photo
Western European military leaders and their counterparts in Washington will convene next week to hammer out the details of the White House’s recently unveiled postwar plan for Afghanistan. Read More
Navy SEALs train at Virginia Beach, Va. in 2012. U.S. Navy Photo
The following is the May 8, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. DOD Photo
The following is the text of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work May 14, 2014 message to the Department of Defense workforce.
USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its strike group in 2013. The House voted to refuel the carrier rather than decommission the ship early Thursday morning. US Navy Photo
House defense lawmakers soundly rejected proposed Pentagon cuts to a number of big-ticket weapons programs in their version of the department’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget blueprint. Read More
Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) vehicles from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 approach the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) on April 28, 2014. US Navy Photo
From the April 7, 2014 Joint Concept for Entry Operations: The Joint Concept for Entry Operations describes in broad terms my vision for how joint forces will enter onto foreign territory and immediately employ capabilities to accomplish assigned missions. This includes conducting entry in the presence of armed opposition characterized by increasingly advanced area denial systems as well as where the environment and infrastructure may be degraded or austere. Read More
Philippine and U.S. Marines participating as part of Exercise Balikatan 2013. US Marine Corps Photo
Days after Washington and Manila struck a new defense pact to increase U.S. military presence in the Philippines, thousands of American troops are streaming into the southern part of the country for a new round of large-scale military exercises. Read More