Author Archives: C. Todd Lopez

Going for Gold for the Rosies

By C. Todd Lopez – Since March, Mae Krier has traveled a lot. She’s been to the Pentagon four times, to the Capitol three times, all over the United States, and even to Normandy, France, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. During World War II, Krier worked at an aircraft factory in Seattle building B-17 Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress ...

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Pentagon: Defensive Measures Prevented Casualties in Iranian Attack

By C. Todd Lopez – Although Iranian missiles damaged equipment and infrastructure at U.S. and ally-occupied military installations in Iraq yesterday, training and defensive readiness paid off in no lives being lost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “There’s sirens that go off on these bases. … There’s bunkers and jersey barriers, and there’s places to go ...

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Defense Department Will Likely Require Cybersecurity Capabilities for All Defense Contractors in 2020

By C. Todd Lopez – The Defense Department expects that by June 2020, industry will see cybersecurity requirements included as part of new requests for information, which typically serve as one of the first steps in the awarding of new defense contracts. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said the new cybersecurity maturity model certification program ...

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No Plans to Leave Iraq, Defense Official Says

By C. Todd Lopez – The U.S. military presence in Iraq is predicated on permission to be there from the Iraqi government, and U.S. forces will remain so long as the Iraqi government agrees, the undersecretary of defense for policy said. “Our intention is to stay. Do we plan to change the posture of U.S. forces? Not at this time,” ...

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Iran’s Military Strength Relies Partly on Nonstate Actors

By C. Todd Lopez – Iran relies in part on terrorist organizations, proxy groups, and militant partners to protect its interests and to further its agenda of expanding influence in the Middle East, a defense official said. Christian Saunders, a senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst for Iran, spoke to Pentagon reporters today ahead of the release of the new report ...

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New Book of WWII Photos Highlights Significance of Army Signal Corps

By C. Todd Lopez – A new book featuring many previously unseen images from World War II reveals just how important to the war effort were the photographers of the Army Signal Corps, and how significant to history the collection of Signal Corps images stored at the National Archives is. “The Army Signal Corps photographic collection is one of the ...

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DOD Expects Significant Progress on Critical F-35 System

By C. Todd Lopez – 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 ...

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DOD Finalizes Next F-35 Purchases

By C. Todd Lopez – 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 ...

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

By C. Todd Lopez – 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. ...

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Military Exchanges Extinguish Vape Sales

By C. Todd Lopez – 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, ...

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Aid to Ukraine Successful, DOD Spokesman Says

By C. Todd Lopez – 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, ...

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Tips From an Army Special Agent to Avoid Scams

By C. Todd Lopez – 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 ...

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for Defense Department

By C. Todd Lopez – 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 ...

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

By C. Todd Lopez – 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 ...

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