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Pentagon’s Science Board Crams For Critical New Report

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A new report on “Strategic Surprise” is slated to help inform the Pentagon’s efforts to reset spending and development to meet peer challenges in the coming years.

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Bad Idea: De-Alert U.S. ICBMs

Posted by Rebecca Hersman on


We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. This one deals with an issue our readers have grappled with several times over the last decade — should America take its ICBMs off alert. It’s sure to have been a central discussion… Keep reading →

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Heavy Competition For Light Tank: SAIC & Singapore Vs. BAE, GDLS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


If the stars align for defense contractor SAIC, the US Army and Marine Corps will soon be buying hundreds of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. Yesterday, six months after joining forces for the first time on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition – and just four days before the massive Association of the US Army… Keep reading →

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Rebuilding Army Acquisition For Multi-Domain Battle

Posted by Shawn Walsh on


  Plagued by bureaucracy, budget cuts and canceled programs, the US Army is aggressively trying to improve how and what it buys by better collaborating with industry to innovate instead of evolving. A few simple changes to our current methods could have tremendous impacts on our ability to innovate and meet future challenges. A key could… Keep reading →

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Killer Robots? ‘Never,’ Defense Secretary Carter Says

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


IN FLIGHT TO ANDREWS AFB: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is pushing hard for artificial intelligence — but the US military will “never” unleash truly autonomous killing machines, he pledged today. “In many cases, and certainly whenever it comes to the application of force, there will never be true autonomy, because there’ll be human beings (in… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Study Urges ‘Immediate Action’ On Thinking Weapons; VCJCS Selva Cautious

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Should the United States build physical and cyber Terminators, weapons that do not have a human in the loop? The unequivocal answer from the prestigious Defense Science Board is yes. “This study concluded that DoD must accelerate its exploitation of autonomy—both to realize the potential military value and to remain ahead of adversaries who also… Keep reading →

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EW Needs $2B More A Year; ‘Major Deficiencies’ Found By Defense Science Board

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: A classified Defense Science Board study, now on the desk of Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, recommends that the Pentagon invest an additional $2 billion a year in electronic warfare and create a high-level executive committee to oversee the four services’ EW spending. “We need to dig ourselves out of a big hole, because we… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Moves to Modernize Creaky Clearance & Security System – Again

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON:  Spurred by the Navy Yard shootings, the Pentagon has effectively gone back to 1999 and is again considering slashing the number of people who get Secret and Top Secret clearances. The Defense Department also may engage in persistent monitoring of all cleared employees to make it harder for those with family or money troubles,… Keep reading →

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Change How We Test, Care, Feed Air Force ICBM Crews

Posted by Bob Butterworth on


Outrage and worry greeted the news that some of the Air Force officers who would launch nuclear missiles were being investigated for drug use. More outrage and worry greeted the news that a substantial number of the crews who would launch nuclear missiles cheated on the written tests they must regularly take. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee… Keep reading →

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Chinese Cyber Espionage: Our Weapons Are OK, Says DoD; Aussie Counter-Intel HQ At Risk

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: ManTech Cyber Expert Comment Added WASHINGTON: One day after reports that China has launched powerful and persistent cyber espionage attacks on a wide array of US and allied weapons systems, including stealing blueprints for a new building to house Australia’s top counterintelligence organization, the Pentagon spokesman says this has not led to an “erosion… Keep reading →

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