Tag Archives: DoD

John Plumb Nominated for Space Policy Leadership Role at DOD

John Plumb

President Biden has nominated John Plumb, formerly the director of defense policy and strategy at the National Security Council (NSC), to become the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Plumb brings expertise in the areas of nuclear technology, missile defense and space, with more than a century's quarter of national security experience. 

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: DOD Tests Collaborative Communications in Connectivity-Limited Places

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command, told reporters that his group tested the performance of a collaborative communications system in environments where connectivity is limited. GIDE 3 also aimed to trial how DOD can augment decision-making across both tactical and strategic levels, VanHerck noted.

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Gen. James Dickinson: Spacecom has a More Operational Role In Space Defense

Gen. James Dickinson

Gen. James Dickinson, who leads U.S. Space Command, said Spacecom has a more operational role than the U.S. Space Force in military activities. He said at the McCrary Institute/Space Policy Institute's "Securing Space" event that the Space Force is in charge of planning, training and arming the U.S. military's space component, and Spacecom puts those preparations to use.

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PSC to Host Forum to Address Industry Concerns With Afghanistan Drawdown; Stephanie Kostro Quoted

Stephanie Kostro

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies to take part in an information-sharing forum on August 6th to improve communication and coordination between government and industry on contractor issues in relation to the military drawdown in Afghanistan.

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Rep. Rick Larsen Highlights Need for U.S. Investment in Military Software Capabilities

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the U.S. should invest in military software capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to better compete with China. He also noted that the Pentagon is taking advantage of AI investments the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made in the past four decades and that 5G networks should not be easily breached.

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DOD States Position on Drones From Chinese Tech Company DJI

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a statement saying drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations pose a national security threat and that a report that those systems were approved for purchase and use by U.S. government agencies was inaccurate. The Pentagon prohibited the use and procurement of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cyber issues in 2018.

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Senate Armed Services Panel OKs $740B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2022; Sen. Jack Reed Quoted

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The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 23-3 Wednesday to move the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act to the Senate floor for consideration. The bill would authorize $740.3 billion in FY 2022 funds for the Department of Defense and a 2.7 percent increase in pay for U.S. troops and civilian workforce at DOD.

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Cynthia Mendoza: DOD Needs to Modernize IT Systems With Basics-Based Approach

Cynthia Mendoza

Cynthia Mendoza, the Department of Defense's (DOD) deputy chief information officer for special access program information technology, said the military needs to modernize its IT systems to meet battlefield intelligence requirements. She said the department must follow the basic principles of understanding mission results, forming partnerships and applying lessons learned.

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Task Force Offers Recommendations to Help Pentagon Secure Defense Supply Chains; Rep. Elissa Slotkin Quoted

Defense Supply Chain

The Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force has issued its final report outlining six recommendations for the Department of Defense (DOD) and one of those is the need to treat the security of supply chains as a strategic priority. Slotkin said the task force has proposed several measures to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers and prevent future shortages. 

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