September 2019

Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 — from a pony farm

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[ad_1] COLOGNE, Germany — In the illustrious history of the F-35 fighter jet, add a pony farm outside Berlin as the place where one company claims the plane’s stealth cover was blown. The story that follows is a snapshot in the cat-and-mouse game between combat aircraft — designed to be undetectable by radar — and sensor makers seeking to undo that advantage. In the case of the F-35, the promise… Read More »Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 — from a pony farm

4 questions with the Space Development Agency’s acting director

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[ad_1] NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — When the Space Development Agency formally created in March, it was billed as a major step forward for the Pentagon’s growth in space, with an ambitious plan to launch hundreds of small satellites into orbit. But Fred Kennedy, the group’s first director, quit four months into the job, leading to new questions about the future of the nascent organization. Into that void as acting director… Read More »4 questions with the Space Development Agency’s acting director

The US still needs aircraft carriers

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[ad_1] Many of the nation’s foremost sea power experts met on Friday to consider the role of aircraft carriers as guarantors of national security. It was my privilege to participate in the Lexington Institute’s inaugural Carrier Strike Group Forum held in Pentagon City. I’m not a Pentagon guy or a Navy Yard guy. My job is on the waterfront, ensuring that our aircraft carriers, aircraft, and the men and women… Read More »The US still needs aircraft carriers

Top lawmaker urges Trump against year-long continuing resolution

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― The Senate’s Republican lead appropriator warned President Donald Trump Friday against a year-long continuing resolution and support for an an eventual compromise with the Democratic-led House. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., met with Trump and lead officials from the White House budget office for an hour Friday morning amid fears the House’s initiation of presidential impeachment proceedings would further hinder the 2020 appropriations process. The… Read More »Top lawmaker urges Trump against year-long continuing resolution

A new defense school could change American weapon sales abroad

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Two years to the month from when the idea was first floated publicly, the Pentagon on Wednesday inaugurated its new Defense Security Cooperation University, with the aim of creating a workforce able to more quickly move security assistance for allies and partners. At an event opening the new university location, located roughly a mile from the Pentagon, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood, Defense Security Cooperation… Read More »A new defense school could change American weapon sales abroad

Taiwan looks to boost artillery forces to counter China

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[ad_1] MELBOURNE, Australia – Taiwan is seeking to modernize and lengthen the reach of its artillery with the decision to purchase self-propelled howitzers, even as it weighs acquiring or developing its own long-range artillery rockets. During a hearing of the legislature’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Taiwanese Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa confirmed to legislators that Taiwan will seek to acquire the BAE Systems M109A6 Paladin self-propeller howitzer from the… Read More »Taiwan looks to boost artillery forces to counter China

Latvia wonders how to weigh cyber for government purchases

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[ad_1] With one eye on neighboring Russia and one on future challenger China, the Baltic nation of Latvia plans to roll out new guidelines for cybersecurity in 2020. Leaders are wrestling with how to balance the cost of increased security requirements on the country’s systems without imposing crippling costs. Janis Garisons, State Secretary for the Latvian Ministry of Defense, told Fifth Domain in a recent interview that his country wants… Read More »Latvia wonders how to weigh cyber for government purchases

A new sprint wants to accelerate AI solutions

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[ad_1] A new sprint effort between the General Services Administration and the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is underway to expand the use of artificial intelligence in both the civilian federal agencies and the Department of Defense, GSA announced Sept. 25. According to the news release, the partnership will aid JAIC’s push to quickly deliver AI tools to the department and syncing AI-activities across the DoD to “expand Joint… Read More »A new sprint wants to accelerate AI solutions

McCarthy officially becomes Army secretary

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — A man who has served not once, but twice, as the acting secretary of the Army, is now officially confirmed for the highest civilian post in the service. Ryan McCarthy previously served as the under secretary of the Army, but became the acting secretary when Mark Esper was nominated to become the defense secretary this summer. McCarthy had also served as acting secretary until Esper was confirmed… Read More »McCarthy officially becomes Army secretary

A Pentagon experiment to process the torrent of data from space

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[ad_1] The Defense Innovation Unit has selected Ball Aerospace and Microsoft to demonstrate how cloud processing can handle the torrent of data that would produced by a distributed constellation of small satellites in low-Earth orbit. The Department of Defense has grown increasingly receptive to the idea of using small satellites in LEO for a variety of missions, from early warning missile detection to deterrence to weather data collection. DARPA has… Read More »A Pentagon experiment to process the torrent of data from space