More than a dozen senior weapons-buying positions in the Pentagon remain filled with acting officials 10 months into the Biden administration. Most of the vacant positions have been temporarily filled by career civil servants, but in some cases these acting officials cannot sign off on certain decisions.
“Count me among the disappointed that Netflix’s ‘Space Force’ was granted a second season. It continues the pattern Netflix began with ‘House of Cards’ of profiting from undermining confidence in our government and those who honorably serve. I am impressed with the accomplishments of the genuine United States Space Force as it approaches its second anniversary. They should restore your American pride. China sending a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile circling the globe in near earth orbit and then maneuvering toward its target should make it clear that the imperative to preserve leadership in space is nothing to joke about,” writes Mark Kennedy, president emeritus of the University of Colorado, who represented Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007.
Networks as ‘Center of Gravity’: Project Convergence Highlights Military’s New Battle With Bandwidth
The Army’s Project Convergence, an annual experiment in connecting sensors and shooters that wrapped earlier this month, showcased potentially life-saving and battle-winning equipment—all of which relies squarely on resilient, uninterrupted, and invisible network connections to pass all that data back and forth.
“We believe we have a genuine requirement for them … it gives us visibility and intelligence gathering capabilities that we might not otherwise have,” said Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, when he spoke before the House Armed Services Committee in March 2020. McKenzie was not talking about the advanced F-35 fighter, the deadly AH-64 attack helicopter, or even the legendary A-10 attack plane. He was talking about the humble MQ-9 Reaper drone, which can stay airborne for long periods of time while collecting intelligence and firing missiles.
“The NATO Parliamentary Assembly meets next week in Washington to discuss the alliance’s redraft of its 2010 Strategic Concept, and the agenda is loaded with relatively new missions. Protecting against cyberattacks, hybrid warfare, the Chinese challenge, terrorism, and global warming indeed all need to be part of NATO’s expanding mission. But traditional collective defense remains the top priority, and that needs to be reflected in the new Strategic Concept, which will be drafted next year,” write Hans Binnendijk, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former NSC senior director for defense policy; and Julian Lindley-French, chairman of The Alphen Group.
The engines that power the Air Force are the best in the world. But as technology continues to evolve, new improvements promise greater power, range, and other capabilities. Read the latest on advances in aircraft engines and propulsion technology.
Quantum computers promise to render today's encryption largely obsolete. A Booz Allen report says it's time to start managing the risks.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, lost GI Bill eligibility for one of its programs and never sought approval for doctoral courses due to a series of paperwork snafus and poor communication with state approving authorities, leaving some veterans at the school in limbo and out thousands of dollars, an investigation by Military.com found.
NASA is about to launch an unprecedented mission to knock an asteroid slightly off course. In the first real-world test of a technique that could someday be used to protect Earth from a threatening space rock, a spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif. The golf-cart-size spacecraft will travel to an asteroid that's more than 6 million miles away—and poses no danger to Earth—and ram into it. Scientists will then watch to see how the asteroid's trajectory changes.