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DOD Expects Significant Progress on Critical F-35 System

Nearly 460 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft have been delivered to military organizations around the world — including the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as to a handful of partner nations. But a critical component of the F-35 program, the Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, has proven less stellar than the aircraft itself. ...

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DOD Finalizes Next F-35 Purchases

The Defense Department finalized an agreement to purchase 478 additional F-35 Lightning II airplanes in a deal totaling $34 billion, officials said. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, announced yesterday’s agreement between DOD and aircraft manufacturer Lockheed-Martin during a briefing today at the Pentagon. The F-35s will form the backbone of the U.S. and allied fifth-generation inventory ...

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DOD Focuses Early AI Use on ‘Low Consequence’ Applications, Not Command and Control

The Defense Department has a long way to go in developing artificial intelligence and applying it to the most pressing military problems. For now, DOD is applying AI toward humanitarian assistance and predictive maintenance, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said. ”We start with low-consequence use cases for a reason,” Air Force Lt. Gen. John Shanahan said during a ...

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Military Exchanges Extinguish Vape Sales

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange have stopped selling vape-related products. AAFES removed vape-related products from its shelves Sept. 30. Navy Exchange Service Command removed products from NEX retail shelves and directed NEX concessionaires and vendors to discontinue the sale of vaping products after Oct. 1. Vaping is not harmless, and researchers are still trying ...

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Aid to Ukraine Successful, DOD Spokesman Says

Earlier this year, the Defense Department made plans to provide some $250 million in aid to Ukraine, with the goal of transitioning that aid before the end of the fiscal year. The department was largely successful in that goal, a Pentagon spokesman said. “As of today, the bulk of this $250 million is on contract, the rest should be out ...

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Tips From an Army Special Agent to Avoid Scams

Even the most innocuous data posted to a social media feed can be married up with other publicly available information to provide online criminals the tools they need to exploit members of the military or general public, an Army special agent said. Special Agent Deric Palmer, program manager for the Digital Personal Protection Program, part of the Major Cybercrime Unit ...

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for Defense Department

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes and U.S. adversaries are developing such weapons now, said Michael D. Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. “They are quite capable,” Griffin said. “The advantage offered by a hypersonic offense is that it overflies air defenses as ...

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Next-Generation Air Dominance Doesn’t Mean New Aircraft, Air Force Official Says

For about two decades, the Air Force has fielded both the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II — both billed as technical marvels. But what’s next for the Air Force? Developing what officials call next-generation air dominance likely won’t require a new aircraft at all, Air Force leaders have said. “The United States is facing an increasingly competitive global ...

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Esper: Operation Sentinel Will De-Escalate Middle East Waterways Conflict

Just three hours into his new job, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper met with reporters at the Pentagon to discuss Iran, China and the proposed defense budget. A top priority: Operation Sentinel, the U.S. Central Command effort to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz, the ...

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Northcom Commander Cites Arctic as Area of Concern

Increased activity in the Arctic is a concern for national security and for U.S. Northern Command, the officer in charge of North American security said. Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northcom, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington about the role both agencies play in ...

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U.S. Security Requires Multiple Elements of Deterrence

In the context of U.S. defense policy, “deterrence” is typically understood to mean “nuclear.” And America’s nuclear triad — ground-based missiles, air-delivered bombs, and submarine-launched missiles — serves as America’s biggest form of deterrence, which underwrites everything its men and women in uniform do. But according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, nuclear weapons are just one ...

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DOD Commemorates Founding of POW/MIA Advocacy Group

As the National League of POW/MIA Families enters its 50th year, Defense Department leadership recognized the work they do to help DOD and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency locate those service men and women who have gone missing as a result of serving their nation in the military. In the Pentagon courtyard yesterday, Kelly McKeague, director of the Defense POWMIA ...

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U.S., Polish Leaders Agree to Increased American Presence in Poland

More than a year of intense Defense Department-led negotiations between the United States and Poland have yielded an agreement that involves additional U.S. infrastructure in Poland, as well as an increase in the number of U.S. rotational forces that operate there. President Donald J. Trump and Polish president Andrzej Duda signed the agreement Wednesday. “As stated in the joint declaration, ...

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Polish Defense Minister Visits F-35 Facility in Florida

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak visited Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to take a look at the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft. Senior U.S. defense officials said the Polish government has submitted a letter of request to purchase the F-35 aircraft, and that the Defense Department is working through the foreign military sales process to develop an offer ...

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Russia Makes Unreliable Military Partner, Defense Leader Says

There’s no question that Russia has a presence in the Middle East — in particular, in Syria — the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs said during a forum hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington. Russia’s also working with Turkey and Iran and would like to do more, Kathryn Wheelbarger told the audience at the trans-Atlanticism-focused think ...

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