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.
NASA will land its Mars 2020 Rover on the red planet's Jezero Crater for a mission to search for past microbial life and gather rock and soil samples. The space agency said Tuesday it evaluated over 60 potential landing spots before selecting the Jezero Crater, a former location of an ancient river delta.Read More »
Recently, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told the press that the Defense Department is preparing a $700B budget proposal in addition to a $733B draft that has already been prepared, in line with President Trump’s earlier call for spending cuts, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.
In October, President Trump instructed his cabinet secretaries to reduce their upcoming budget proposals by 5 percent, indicating that “[we] know what the new budget is for the Defense Department; it will probably be $700 billion.”
NASA is eyeing the moon as an observational platform from which scientists can gather data on the sun or other celestial bodies.Read More »
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the U.S. Army has begun to examine each of its programs to prioritize spending and advance modernization, National Defense reported Wednesday. “As pressing as the threat is, we will not be handed a blank check. Fiscal discipline and performance will determine whether we will be able to execute our strategy,” he said Wednesday during his speech at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference.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 »