Jeff Gossel, the senior intelligence engineer at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Space and Missile Analysis Group, has said that China's placing the Queqiao relay satellite on the far side of the moon may give the country the ability to send attack spacecraft around the moon to outflank U.S. space assets in Earth orbit, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The China National Space Administration launched the Queqiao satellite in preparation for the Chang'e 4 rover mission, which is set to land on the side of the moon facing away from the Earth.Read More »
Bindu Nair: Pentagon Aims to Accelerate Basic Research’s Impact on Capabilities Through Pilot Program
Bindu Nair, deputy director for basic research at the Defense Department, told Federal News Network in an interview published Thursday that DoD intends to speed up basic research’s impact on capabilities through the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative. The Pentagon selected five university-industry teams in August for the DESI pilot program that seeks to address technological gaps and support other basic research initiatives within the department.Read More »
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 »
Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Defense Department, has said the Digital Engineering Strategy will help federal agencies implement digital engineering practices in weapons systems development by the end of 2018.
Griffin noted that the recently released document provides an advanced way of creating defense systems, as well as focuses on rapidly delivering technologies to win future battles, DoD said Thursday.
Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, recently criticized the defense industry for being “mired in process” just like the government, Space News reported Sunday. Speaking to contractors at last week’s Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala., Griffin called out his audience for practices that bog …Read More »
The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …Read More »
The Defense Department has established five goals for an initiative to modernize DoD’s systems design, development, delivery, operation and sustainment processes with the use of digital technology. DoD said Thursday it aims to integrate technological innovation into engineering practices and formalize the adoption of models that can support enterprise and program decision-making efforts …Read More »
Michael Griffin, the Defense Department‘s undersecretary for research and engineering, recently instructed the Defense Science Board to convene a task force that would evaluate the current and long-term abilities of U.S. forces to counter the threat posed by physical as well as digital autonomous systems. The task force must investigate potential …Read More »