Director of the Space Force’s International Affairs Directorate Deanna Ryals says the organization aims to serve as a “front door” for Space Systems Command's work with international partners and to ensure that as the command develops and acquires new systems and architectures, it does so with allies in mind.
“I mean, these [continuing resolutions] are killing us,” Rep. Mike Rogers told Defense News. “If they do another CR in February to the end of the year, it’s going to basically cost [the Pentagon] $40 billion. It’s going to negate everything we just did in this authorization, plus more. And it’s just literally un-American if we aren’t doing a better job to provide for our military than that.”
Jüri Luik spoke to Defense News twice for this interview: First on Oct. 21, at NATO headquarters in Brussels after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited the Black Sea region, and then by phone on Nov. 23, as tension between Russia and the West was hitting a new peak.
Emirati defense conglomerate Edge Group has had the biggest share of announcements at the 2021 Dubai Airshow between systems unveilings, contracts finalizations and the signing of memorandums of understand understanding. But what arguably stands out the most is the number of autonomous systems at the company’s booth, which made up about half of the offerings on display.
Since Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood took over the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, he’s overseen the Pentagon’s attempt to build the U.S. hypersonic weapons industrial base, begun fielding hypersonic launchers and other equipment to the first unit to receive the capability and has started building out the first battery of a laser-weapon equipped Stryker combat vehicle.
The U.S. Navy is trying to improve its readiness while reining in the rising costs of maintenance and modernization. While these goals can seem at odds, the service’s first stab at this effort allowed it to boost its fighter jet mission-capable rates.
In an exclusive interview at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, Gen. James Dickinson, the first commander of U.S. Space Command, talks about where he is in a drive toward full operational capability and the challenges he faces in establishing the new organization.
Defense News caught up with Vice Adm. Gene Black in Ukraine to discuss the importance of securing the Black Sea, and how the U.S. and its allies plan to counter Russian military activity in the region.
Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, the now-retired director of the Army's Network Cross-Functional Team, reflects on how the service's battlefield network has improved and how multidomain operations can become a reality.
Defense News recently spoke with Senior Capt. Haissam Dannaoui about the service’s plan to restructure its fleet, securing the coastline and prepare to counter asymmetric threats amid the country’s oil exploration.