An EA-18G Growler from the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in January, 2015.Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Tuesday that electronic warfare would be a key component of maintaining the ability to win a guided munitions salvo in the future and needed additional investment. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to include comments from vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pentagon will formally create an Electronic Warfare (EW) Programs Council today, with the hopes of boosting the U.S. military’s waning technological edge in this area, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said on Tuesday.
Work, speaking at the Credit Suisse/McAleese 2016 Defense Programs Conference, said that the Pentagon’s Third Offset Strategy would center on winning a guided munitions salvo against an opponent, and EW capabilities would be pivotal to achieving this capability. Read More
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on May 7, 2014 . DoD Photo
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. - The Pentagon’s number two civilian praised a January test of Raytheon Tomahawk missile that successfully struck a moving maritime target calling it a “game changing capability.” Read More
The following is the Feb. 2, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work asking the Pentagon not to send a U.S. carrier strike group (CSG) to a visit to China. Read More
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014. DoD Photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pentagon’s number two civilian said the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget submission will reverse a five year trend in reduced U.S. defense spending and gave hints to key investments in military technology the Defense Department will include in the submission. Read More
A microwave/electro-optic (MS32) electronics engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, uses visible lasers to align various optical components on Aug. 29, 2014. US Navy Photo
The U.S. Defense Department is projecting a future where the United States will no longer hold an insurmountable advantage over its adversaries. As such, the Pentagon is launching an initiative to spur technological innovation in an attempt to maintain America’s military edge. Read More
The following is a Nov. 15, 2014 memo from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on a new Pentagon effort to preserve the U.S. technological military edge called called the Defense Innovation Initiative.
If the Pentagon does not receive financial help from Congress relatively quickly, the department will be compelled to cut modernization spending even further and eliminate infrastructure, the Defense Department’s number two civilian said on Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read More
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo
More than half of U.S. Air Force and Navy forces will be based in the Asia Pacific by 2020 as part of the Pentagon’s rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Tuesday address at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Read More
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo
The Pentagon is launching a new “third game-changing offset strategy” to maintain America’s decisive technological military edge well into the future. The new strategy will be developed by deputy defense secretary Bob Work and Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall. Read More
Navy’s unmanned X-47B conducts night flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 21, 2014. US Navy Photo
The final request for proposal (RFP) for the Navy’s planned carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been delayed pending a review of the service’s information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) portfolio as part of the service’s budget process this fall, Navy officials told USNI News on Friday afternoon. Read More