Defense News

  • The Army and Air Force secretaries warn about how Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) holds on confirming officers are hurting the military and service members’ families.

    November 22, 2023
  • Continuing resolutions hurt not only service members, but also civilians both at the Department of Defense and at other agencies by hurting morale and slowing new programs.

    November 21, 2023
  • The Defense Department’s responsible artificial intelligence toolkit has 70 tools to help perform tasks like studying when things go awry, as well as tools to mitigate risk and reduce bias.

    November 20, 2023
  • Bill Hepworth, deputy program executive officer for the Army’s program executive office enterprise information systems (PEO-EIS), said after testing out the new contract writing system with 100 users, the plan is to triple that number in early 2024.

    November 20, 2023
  • DoD personnel officials have been sifting through results of a recently concluded challenge. Staff in the office of the under secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, sought ideas from uniformed and civilian employees on how to improve what they call "talent management."

    November 17, 2023
  • Mike McCord, the undersecretary of defense (comptroller)/chief financial officer, said the Department of Defense will be impacted by more continuing resolutions, particularly if it leads to a sequestration, but it will not furlough personnel if that happens

    November 16, 2023
  • As if pandemic, threats of nuclear war, and a lack of Tesla charging stations aren't enough to worry about, there is always the possibility that an asteroid could hit the earth and wipe-out all of us. A team at NASA discovered a way to alter the path of an asteroid, should one come too close and they garnered the distinction of being finalists in this year's Service to America Medals program, also known as the Sammies. For the details, Federal Drive Host Tom Temin talked with two members of NASA's Planetary Missions Program Office: Program Manager Brian Key and Mission Manager Scott Bellamy.

    November 16, 2023
  • After rounds of FOIA requests and even litigation, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) received a copy of the A-10C and F-35A close air support fly-off test report. The test was to compare how both aircraft stack up in providing all-important close air support to ground troops. After analyzing the heavily redacted document, POGO analysts found that despite what the Air Force had been saying, it appears the F-35 may not be well-suited for providing that support.

    November 16, 2023
  • If Congress ever passes the 2024 Defense authorization bill, keep your eye on Section 804. It's now in the Senate version, and it is aimed at granting the Defense Department the rights to increasing amounts contractors' data more than it appears DoD needs for maintenance and operation of what it buys. Section 804 seems innocuous at first glance.

    November 15, 2023
  • In today's Federal Newscast: A Fort McNair Army civilian is guilty of charging thousands of dollars on a GSA gas card. A deputy archivist ends her federal service after more than three decades. And the Pentagon has a new responsible artificial intelligence toolkit.

    November 15, 2023
  • The Air Force like many other agencies is awaiting Congressional funding to start new programs, but its quickstart initiative could help it begin with early phase, low-cost preliminary work while it waits for Congressional approval.

    November 14, 2023
  • The Defense Department looks towards 5G and future G to help its warfighters make better decisions. At the same time, it is looking to improve the logistics, privacy, signature management, cloud security and cybersecurity of 5G.

    November 09, 2023
  • Ret. Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, the former vice commandant of the Coast Guard, said the maritime intelligence fusion centers improve what service members can see when monitoring vessels.

    November 09, 2023
  • The draft strategy is one way Space Force is working to develop standards for digital twins. It is also working on an open standard. Lisa Costa, the Space Force’s chief technology and innovation officer, noted that industry does not have a standard for digital twins that it could adopt.

    November 08, 2023

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