September 2019

US policy toward Ukraine gets more complicated

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[ad_1] Ukraine has always been a complicated ally to the United States. The European country is vulnerable, with a geography, a history and an ongoing conflict — a war, if you ask Ukrainian leadership — that places it squarely in the crosshairs of Russia. That also makes Ukraine incredibly strategic to the United States and NATO at large. But just as the U.S. alliance with Israel can cause some heartburn,… Read More »US policy toward Ukraine gets more complicated

Time to rededicate America’s commitment to innovation leadership

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[ad_1] The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing celebrated our nation’s technical prowess and rekindled the spirit of pride Americans share when we achieve great things. The United States’ well-deserved reputation as a global technology leader stems in part from government and industry’s strong investment in innovation and talent. This is most evident in the aerospace and defense industry, where government agencies and A&D partner companies develop world-leading… Read More »Time to rededicate America’s commitment to innovation leadership

Months after release of new tech strategy, US Air Force is still deliberating a path forward

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force is considering establishing a new program office inside its research laboratory to run pathbreaking “vanguard programs,” the head of Air Force Materiel Command told Defense News in an exclusive interview. In April, the service released a new science and technology strategy that called for about 20 percent of Air Force Research Laboratory efforts to be restructured as vanguard programs that would bring together… Read More »Months after release of new tech strategy, US Air Force is still deliberating a path forward

200 air and missile defense soldiers set to deploy to Saudi Arabia

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[ad_1] The Pentagon has settled on sending an Army Patriot missile defense battery and four Sentinel RADAR units to defend Saudi Arabia against attacks, following air strikes on oil fields earlier this month. That would include 200 support personnel, according to a Thursday statement from Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman. “It is important to note these steps are a demonstration of our commitment to regional partners, and the security and… Read More »200 air and missile defense soldiers set to deploy to Saudi Arabia

Senate passes Ukraine aid extension, continuing resolution to Nov. 21

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted to send President Donald Trump a measure to avoid a government shutdown and extend Ukraine military aid that’s at the center of the House’s presidential impeachment inquiry. Trump is expected to sign the continuing resolution, which passed the Senate by a bipartisan 82-15 vote, a week after it passed the House, 301-123. All the “nays” were from Republicans. The legislation, whose primary purpose is… Read More »Senate passes Ukraine aid extension, continuing resolution to Nov. 21

Are air defense systems ready to confront drone swarms?

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[ad_1] JERUSALEM — The attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities on Sept. 14 served as a reality check for countries struggling to define the level of the threat posed by drone swarms and low-altitude cruise missiles. Now, in a region where that threat is particularly acute, countries are left to reexamine existing air defense technology. According to the Saudi Defense Ministry, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles… Read More »Are air defense systems ready to confront drone swarms?

Air Mobility Command exercise tests ability to operate in degraded combat environments

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[ad_1] Operating in austere conditions, beyond well-defended bases, is likely in the event of a conflict with a near-peer adversary like Russia or China, according to Air Force leaders. As a result, the service has increasingly focused on its ability to operate in degraded combat environments the past several years. The biennial Mobility Guardian exercise now underway in Washington state is testing mobility aircraft’s readiness to conduct their missions in… Read More »Air Mobility Command exercise tests ability to operate in degraded combat environments

Are ground systems about to have an open source moment?

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[ad_1] Open architectures are the future for the military’s command and control ground system, and Booz Allen wants to play a big part in designing that future. The Trump administration has ramped up its focus on space as a war fighting domain with the establishment of the Space Development Agency, the reestablishment of US Space Command and the imminent establishment of a Space Force. While those actions have ignited conversations… Read More »Are ground systems about to have an open source moment?

Nuclear warhead programs need $850m fix. Here’s how the government plans to cover it.

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[ad_1] Here’s why America’s next nuclear gravity bomb could be delayed Dr. Charles Verdon, the head of defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, talks with Aaron Mehta about delays to the B61-12 nuclear bomb. WASHINGTON — Issues with commercial parts on two nuclear warhead modernization projects could cost up to $850 million to fix, but the agency in charge of America’s warheads believes it might be able to… Read More »Nuclear warhead programs need $850m fix. Here’s how the government plans to cover it.