DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says the department has become “very focused” on foreign fighters heading to Syria, where outside Islamist groups have radicalized the three-year civil war between rebels and the Bashar al-Assad regime.
DHS is concerned about what those foreign fighters, indoctrinated with radical, violent beliefs, will do when they return to their home countries.
The U.S. Army and Alcoa are studying an unexpected potential solution to the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs): a solid aluminum ground combat vehicle body.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the world’s largest aluminum producer announced recently that they have launched a cooperative effort in the battle against roadside bombs and other improvised explosives used by terrorists and insurgents.
The Defense Department has set the stage for low-rate initial production of an upgraded version of the Paladin self-propelled cannon system.
The Defense Acquisition Executive approved Milestone C for the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program, the U.S. Army and PIM contractor BAE Systems announced this week at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army. Milestone C is a key incremental step in the Pentagon’s acquisition process, allowing entry into the production and deployment phase.
As other defense contractors consider how to make military ground vehicles autonomous, Oshkosh Defense is exploring new uses for the autonomous technology it began developing in 2004.
“So now we have a fairly mature system that is basically a kit that can be installed on any tactical wheeled vehicle. It’s been designed pretty much from the ground up to be a system for use in convoy logistics missions,” John Beck, chief engineer for unmanned systems at Oshkosh said Oct. 23, the final day of the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington.
Continuing funding uncertainty due to the government shutdown, sequestration and funding levels frozen at 2012 levels could hurt the Ground Combat Vehicle and network-centric programs, the Army’s top uniformed and civilian officials said Oct. 21.
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are proven intelligence gatherers and terrorist hunters, but military and civilian organizations conducting stability operations around the world say drones may be as valuable for keeping the peace.
As it winds down its role in Afghanistan, where strategic rivalry in another era was called “The Great Game,” the U.S. Defense Department has been suiting up for the next big round of conflict: cyberwarfare.
The Pentagon has been racheting up the rhetoric gradually, with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warning of a cyber-Pearl Harbor and more and more officials publicly acknowledging cyberwarfare.
The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) being developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps is still on track to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) with a Marine Expeditionary Unit on a Navy amphibious ship in mid-2014, the program manager said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week.
The Aerospace States Association (ASA) has joined with two national state government organizations to create guidelines for states crafting legislation to protect citizens’ privacy from UAVs without endangering the nascent industry.
The former chief of U.S. Africa Command (Africom) says Niger was willing to allow armed, as well as unarmed, U.S. unmanned aircraft to fly over neighboring Mali from an airfield in the North West African country but the request was not approved by higher U.S. authorities.
Army Gen. Carter Ham (ret.) told the Aspen Security Forum last month that when the U.S. began flying unmanned aircraft surveillance missions out of Niger in February the Nigeriens “were certainly willing to have armed capability” as well.