John M. Doyle

John M. Doyle
U.S. Army, Alcoa Explore Aluminum Hulls For Combat Vehicles 

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.

Officials Concerned About Stable JLTV Funding
Officials hint program could suffer setbacks from inadequate funding
Pentagon OKs Paladin Self-Propelled Gun Upgrade For Low-Rate Production 

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.

Oshkosh Mulls Next Role For Autonomous Ground Vehicle System 

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.

Lockheed Martin Kit Turns Trucks Into Convoy Drones 

Current and future military cargo trucks could be turned into individual autonomous ground vehicles that could be herded into driverless convoys under a program being developed by Lockheed Martin.

Army Leaders Say Uncertainty Could Hurt GCV, Other Programs 

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.

Warfighting UAS Ignite Interest For Humanitarian Ops 

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.

UAS Proponents Target State Privacy Legislation
Aviation-friendly state politicians in the U.S. work to ground a surge of privacy-related concerns over UAS
Pentagon Forming 100 Cyberwarfare Teams 

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.

By The Numbers 

20% - The amount of federal information technology spending that goes to cyber-security related projects, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

$100 Billion - The estimated annual cost of malicious cyberactivity, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

$165 Billion - The potential size of the market for cybersecurity solutions by 2023, according to Strategic Defense Intelligence.

30,000+ - The number of users spear-phished in the March 20 Operation Troy attack in South Korea.

U.S. Navy/Marines’ STUAS Nears Final Testing 

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.

Proponents Look To Blunt Effects Of UAV Privacy Legislation 

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.

Ex-Africom Commander: Niger Would Have Allowed Armed UAV Basing 

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.

NSA Chief: Terrorists Changing Communication Tactics After Snowden 

ASPEN, Colo. — National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander says the U.S. Intelligence community has “concrete proof” that terrorists are making changes in how they communicate, following the secret surveillance programs revealed by a rogue former NSA contractor.

Carter Says Defense Department Cybersecurity Teams Nearly Ready 

ASPEN, Colo. — The U.S. Defense Department is mobilizing 40 new cyber teams, totaling an estimated 4,000 workers from existing military cyber positions, for both offensive and defensive missions in cyberspace, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said July 18.


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