Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mitchell Institute’s ‘Aerospace Advantage’ Podcast, Ep. 8: ‘National Security Space Operations with Chief of the Space Force General Jay Raymond’
In Episode 8 of "Aerospace Advantage," Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond explains his future vision for his service, challenges and opportunities in the national security space domain, and what it’s been like standing up the nation’s newest service. Host and retired Air Force Lt. Col. John Baum and Mitchell Institute Dean and retired USAF Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula also discuss the broader circumstances regarding national security space and the creation of the Space Force. Bottom line: Space is vital to America’s interests, and the Space Force must be empowered for success.
Thirty-one countries, from Brazil to Sweden, have flirted with nuclear weapons at one time or another. Seventeen launched a formal weapons programme. Just ten produced a deliverable bomb. Today nine states possess nuclear arms, no more than a quarter-century ago. Yet the long struggle to stop the world’s deadliest weapons from spreading is about to get harder. In the past 20 years most countries with nuclear ambitions have been geopolitical minnows, like Libya and Syria. In the next decade the threat is likely to include economic and diplomatic heavyweights whose ambitions would be harder to restrain.
Artificial intelligence-ready data was a primary point of discussion this week among military and defense delegations from 13 nations that connected in a two-day exchange hosted by the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
“As the two-year-old Joint Artificial Intelligence Center shifts from a projects-and-products shop to the Pentagon’s hub for AI services and support, its leaders are working on priorities for ‘JAIC 2.0.,’ write Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Senior Fellow Chris Bassler and Active-duty U.S. Navy Capt. Bryan Durkee. “We suggest the center focus on six main efforts.”
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the completion of its first ever bug bounty program, with the project validating the agency's work on secure hardware architectures. The "Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering" bug bounty was held between July and October 2020, with the agency spending the last three months reviewing the 13,000 hours of "hacking exploits" by more than 580 cybersecurity researchers.
A food contract between a supplier and the National Guard did not provide enough meals, forcing units still deployed to Washington to buy local, Military.com has learned. Because of the mix-up and shortage of meals, the Guard resorted to buying "a large quantity of various food choices off of the local economy," according to Army Maj. Aaron Thacker, a Guard Bureau spokesman.
Long before he was Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), he was Marine Reserve Maj. Dan Sullivan, tapped to write U.S. Central Command’s strategy document and, by his telling, not getting much help from the subordinate commanders in the region. That is, until he went to Lloyd J. Austin III, then CENTCOM’s two-star chief of staff.