The Aerospace Industries Association has urged Congress and President Donald Trump to ensure a “steady and stable growth” in defense budget for fiscal 2019 and beyond in order to counter threats posed by transnational terrorism, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, Defense News reported Thursday. AIA said in its Thursday statement lawmakers and the administration have started to provide the Defense Department with additional budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to build up military readiness against multiple threats.Read More »
Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon developed the National Defense Strategy by assessing threats from the angles of power, will and urgency, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “In terms of raw power right now, I look at Russia and the nuclear arsenal they have,” Mattis said Tuesday during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
A hypersonic aircraft believed to be owned by the Chinese military has generated white plumes of light in the sky captured by residents in Beijing and northern regions of Shaanxi province and Inner Mongolia, Metro reported Friday. Chinese military bloggers associated the phenomenon with the country’s hypersonic glide system, dubbed DF-ZF, that is expected to be operational by 2020.
A Defense Department-led study has found that the U.S. military has become too reliant on China and other foreign countries for microelectronics and other items, Reuters reported Wednesday. Some U.S. officials told the news agency those microelectronics include transistors and integrated circuits that can be found in mobile devices, drones, cruise missiles and satellites.Read More »
The Defense Department has released a new strategy that lays out its action plans to counter cybersecurity threats posed by Russia, China and other strategic competitors. A summary of DoD’s cyber strategy issued Tuesday states DoD’s cyber space goals such as the need to build up the joint force’s capability to carry out cyber operations that enhance the country’s military advantage; defend U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious threats; and secure the Pentagon’s information systems from cyber vulnerabilities.Read More »
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the service plans to increase the total number of operational squadrons to 386 and add 40K more personnel by 2030 to counter potential military threats posed by Russia and China, Reuters reported Monday. That figure represents a 24 percent increase from the service’s 312 squadrons today.
The Defense Department said in a recent report that the Chinese government has been pursuing its military modernization goals through legal and illicit means, procuring foreign technology through legal means but also engaging in clandestine operations to gain access to regulated or export-restricted material, the DoD stated in its report to Congress.Read More »
Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the Defense Department should take advantage of commercial satellites and other space technologies to counter hostile hypersonic weapons, National Defense reported Friday. “It’s not enough to just build elegant military constellations anymore,” Selva said Friday at …Read More »
Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the air staff at the Defense Department, has said artificial intelligence can facilitate real-time decision-making for airmen operating in virtual and physical battlespaces, Military.com reported Monday. “We do need our analysts to harmonize …Read More »