Articles written by: US Department of Defense

DoD Works to Build Competition Into Space Launches

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Deep Space Climate Observatory for DSCOVR, a partnership among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the Air Force. DSCOVR is intended to replace NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer, the only satellite providing real-time solar wind observations. Photo courtesy of SpaceX, used by permission

Space capability is critical to national security, and the Defense Department is working to make its launch program more competitive and end its longtime use of a Russian rocket engine on the Atlas launch system, the assistant secretary of defense […]

Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs

Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs

Over the past year, the overall size of DOD’s major defense acquisition program portfolio decreased, from 80 programs to 78, while the estimated cost has decreased by $7.6 billion. The size and cost of the portfolio is currently the lowest […]

NATO Prepares for Challenges from East, South

NATO Prepares for Challenges from East, South

NATO commanders are putting in place the infrastructure that will allow the alliance to adapt to new threats, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the press yesterday at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium. Stoltenberg spoke alongside Air […]

Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships

Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships

Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom […]

21st-Century DARPA Tool Could Work Against ISIS

21st-Century DARPA Tool Could Work Against ISIS

Today’s national security landscape challenges the Defense Department with threats ranging from low-tech, lone-wolf terrorists and high-tech peer adversaries to extremist groups that use both approaches, like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant; the Defense Advanced Research Projects […]

DoD Seeks Novel Ideas to Shape its Technological Future

An Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron refuels an Air Force E-8C Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft Jan. 29, 2013. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyler Prince

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public –- anyone, really –- to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows […]

Pentagon Expedites $17.9 Million in Equipment to Aid Iraqis

Caiman mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles in Iraq

The Defense Department has expedited $17.9 million in equipment and supplies –- some which have already been delivered –- to the Iraqi government, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today. Warren provided a general update on equipment and […]

Breedlove: Russia, Violent Extremism Challenge Europe

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command

Europe faces a different and more challenging security environment than it did just a year ago, including an increasingly aggressive Russia and a surge of violent extremism, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said here yesterday. Breedlove, commander of U.S. […]

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

F-18 fighter aircraft

SOUTHWEST ASIA: U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, […]

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