The Department of Defense has opened a new website to inform citizens and partners on the latest U.S. military research, development and technology updates. The new chief technologist website intends to extend DoD technology awareness across a wider range of communities, Lisa Porter, deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said in a statement posted Wednesday.Read More »
The U.S. Air Force is partnering with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to expand its testing facilities for future hypersonic technologies, Military.com reported Tuesday. Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said the universities will build “quiet wind tunnels” to reduce free stream disturbances and for more accurate aerothermodynamics predictions.Read More »
The Department of Defense will appoint an assistant director to facilitate the application of artificial intelligence capabilities to directed energy systems, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Michael Griffin, the department undersecretary of research and engineering, created the assistant director for AI in 2017 along with other positions that are focused on specific technology areas including hypersonics and directed energy.
Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussed some of DARPA’s programs at the Defense Programs Conference, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday. Walker said some of the capabilities that DARPA works on to defend the country from existential threats and near-peer adversaries include cyber deterrence, tactical-boost guide program and hypersonic weapons.Read More »
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday. Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD's FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats.Read More »
The Pentagon plans to request $104B in funding for research and development in fiscal year 2020, $9B higher than what Congress appropriated for 2019, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The latest request would be the largest amount for research and development in the department's history, officials said.Read More »
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Pentagon plans to focus its 2019 national strategy on cyber, missiles and space areas in order to maintain the country’s military advantage. Shanahan wrote in a Defense News article published Monday that the Department of Defense will leverage developments in missile defense systems, hypersonics and long-range precision fires in 2019 to protect U.S. and international assets from adversary missiles.Read More »
James Mattis: DoD Initiates Measures to Build Up Lethality, Alliances Under National Defense Strategy
Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon has launched several initiatives to advance the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort, Defense.gov reported Saturday. Mattis told the audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that the Defense Department has initiated the recapitalization of the nuclear deterrent in order to increase lethality.
Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, recently said that the U.S. military will be pursuing hypersonic weapons as a joint effort between service branches, adding that development initiatives would be in line with future funding requests, CNBC reported Wednesday. Shanahan also made assurances that the U.S. will operate hypersonic weapons “sooner and more often than people have ever expected.”Read More »
The Defense Department has appointed government industry veterans Jim Faist and Milan "Mitch" Nikolich as directors within the newly created research and engineering division, Inside Defense reported Thursday. Faist will oversee hypersonics, autonomy, space and networked command, control and communications areas as director of defense research and engineering for capabilities, a DoD spokeswoman told the publication.Read More »