John M. Doyle

John M. Doyle
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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.

Safety Net
Delaying strategy Extends program's technical development phase
U.S. Army Seeks $5B For Aircraft Programs 

THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Army announced April 10 that it is seeking $5 billion in fiscal 2014 to buy or upgrade its helicopter fleet and acquire more large and small unmanned aircraft to provide ground troops with better intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The Army’s cut of the $526.6 billion Defense Department 2014 budget request is $129.7 billion, with only 18%, $23.9 billion, going to procurement and research, development, testing and evaluation programs. Personnel needs will be getting the largest piece of the pie, 44%, or $56.6 billion.

Ground Vehicles Trump Net-Centric In U.S. Army Research Budget 

THE PENTAGON — The U.S. Army says network-centric technology is its biggest “investment priority,” but it still comes in behind combat vehicle development among research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) projects in the service’s fiscal 2014 budget request unveiled April 10 at the Pentagon.

Experts Assess Africom’s Early Accomplishments, Future Mission 

U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is a great idea, but it should spend more time engaging with African militaries and less time painting schools and digging wells, according to a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa.

Jendayi Frazer, the first woman appointed U.S. ambassador to South Africa and a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said she “very much supported” Africom when it was created by then-President George W. Bush in 2007, but thought it got its mandate wrong at first.

 
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Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

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Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

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Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

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Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

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