Not in Second Place

Although military leaders and industry executives continually stress the acute need for US students well steeped in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics so that the United States can meet tomorrow's daunting national security challenges, there is hope out there, said Zachary Lemnios, assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. "It's not all doom and gloom," Lemnios told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee's emerging threats panel Tuesday. He said this summer more than 400 young Americans will enter the Defense Department's laboratories through a program under which "first-rate undergraduate students" offer a year of service for every year that they receive a STEM scholarship. "It couples us with rising stars in their freshmen and sophomore years and, in many cases, we hire those folks," said Lemnios. He also noted that the labs are producing "just shy" of 600 patents per year, or slightly less than two patents per day. "That's on par with the best in class of companies around the world," he said. "The numbers I'm seeing give me a sense that . . . we are not in second place." (Lemnois' prepared testimony)

Getting Cyber Out in the Open

The US military has made great strides in understanding and adapting to operating in cyberspace. But there is a pressing need to de-mystify the world of hackers and the “network,” and build up public-private partnerships to drive innovation and expertise,...

Wargame Explores Space Operations in 2023

Air Force Space Command will conduct the seventh Schriever Wargame at Nellis AFB, Nev., beginning on Friday. Schriever Wargame 2012, set in the year 2023, will explore critical space issues and investigate the integration activities of multiple US and allied...

Posthumous Medal of Honor for Vietnam War Soldier

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. on May 16 during a White House ceremony, announced Administration officials. The President will honor Sabo, a rifleman during the Vietnam War, for his conspicuous...

Transforming the Art of the Possible

The Air Force Research Lab helps Air Force leaders use technology to transform what is conceptually possible into “near-state-of-the-art” technology that can address the needs of airmen and troops in combat, said Steven Walker, lead for science, technology, and engineering...

Defense Intelligence Agency Leadership Change

President Obama nominated Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for a new assignment as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, announced the Pentagon on Tuesday. Since last September, Flynn has been serving as assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement....

Alcohol on the Job

Testers recently ran the A-10’s TF34 engine on a new synthetic fuel blend on a test stand at Barksdale AFB, La. Known as alcohol-to-jet, USAF’s Alternative Fuels Certification Division is evaluating the blend of bio-derived butanol and standard JP-8 as...

From Linebacker to Bastion

Vietnam War veteran and HC-130P pilot Lt. Col. James Routt last week flew his final combat mission, capping his 33-year military career with the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in Afghanistan. Assigned to B-52s after graduating Officer Training School in 1971,...