President Donald Trump and the Department of Defense plan to release on Thursday a document that lays out the administration’s missile defense strategy, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Missile Defense Review comes as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pursue development work on ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles that could pose a threat to U.S. forces and allies in Asia and Europe.Read More »
Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, has said the Pentagon has begun to ramp up efforts to build hypersonic weapons as Russia and China advance development work on the technology, DoD News reported Thursday. Griffin said Thursday at a National Defense Industrial Association-sponsored event in Washington that DoD considers developing boost-glide, air-breathing hypersonic platforms.Read More »
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.