Daily Report

May 12, 2016

Normal Competition for Huey Replacement

The Air Force will have a “full and open competition” to replace the entire UH-1N helicopter fleet, according to a statement from the service. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in March told the House Armed Services Committee that a...

Nukes Are “A Big Bill”

Modernizing the nuclear triad is going to cost “$12-$15 billion a year” for a decade or more and will likely crowd out a lot of other crucial programs if the nation doesn’t commit to spending a lot more on defense,...

Air Force Reservist to Lead New DOD Tech Hub

The Department of Defense will create another Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, in Boston, and there are more coming, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday in a speech in California. Carter also named Raj Shah, an Air Force reservist,...

Calling on DARPA

The Defense Department’s “Third Offset” strategy is increasing the services’ interest in DARPA’S research on countering near-peer technologies, Director Arati Prabhakar said Wednesday. When she became head of DARPA in 2012, Prabhakar said the agency had programs studying near-peer threats,...

DARPA Seeks the Finish Line

DARPA displayed dozens of its programs at the Pentagon Wednesday in an effort to connect with its DOD customers and, in turn, make those projects operational. “We really care about driving the technology forward, but it doesn’t really count until...

ISIS Claims Deadly Baghdad Bombings

ISIS has claimed credit for three separate suicide bombings, which killed at least 80 people across Baghdad on Wednesday. The attacks were the deadliest of the year in Iraq’s capital city, Reuters reported. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander...

Staying Safe Over Syria

Russian ministry of defense officials met with Pentagon officials via video conference Wednesday to discuss the US-Russia memorandum of understanding on flight safety over Syria, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook. Both sides are “committed to adhering...

Red Flag Flies Over Alaska

Red Flag-Alaska 16-1 is underway at JB Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, with pilots working about 18 hours a day, five days a week on simulated combat missions in a realistic training environment. More than 1,000 people and up...