Defense

As More Aviation Accidents Pile Up, Key Safety Recommendations Remain Undone

Pentagon officials say they’re still working on the December 2020 suggestions of a congressional commission.

Management

More Reality Checks Could Help Keep Defense Programs on Time and Budget, GAO Says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

Defense

Lawmakers Want to Know How Much Bad Software Costs DOD

When the House Armed Services Committee begins its markup process of the annual defense authorization bill on June 8, look out for a provision asking the Pentagon to account for wasted money and lost productivity caused by poorly performing software.

Defense

US Pushing Monitoring Body to Extend Russian War-Crimes Inquest

The OSCE already did one fact-finding mission in March; U.S. diplomats are whipping up support for another.

Management

Navy Climate Strategy Lacks Specifics for Reducing Largest Energy Emissions Producers

Climate change is “one of the most destabilizing forces of our time,” Assistant Navy Secretary Meredith Berger said.

Tech

Some Defense-vetted Prototypes Could Be Fast-Tracked to Civilian Agencies under New Agreement

The Defense Innovation Unit signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Services Administration to make it "easier for federal agencies to access innovative technology solutions" that have been successfully prototyped by DIU.

Tech

The Coast Guard Graduates its First Class of Cyber Majors

A "handful" of newly minted cyber specialists will go to the Coast Guard’s Cyber Command headquarters for their initial assignment, the service's chief told Congress last week.

Defense

House Dems Urge Social Media Networks not to Delete Evidence of Possible Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

Automated and artificial intelligence-enabled systems may be removing and permanently erasing evidence of potential Russian war crimes in Ukraine, lawmakers said this week.

Defense

The Pentagon Wants to Prevent Personnel Data Tracking, Breaches

The Defense Department's innovation shop is looking for commercial solutions that can help better protect personnel data.

Defense

Twice Burned

How the U.S. military’s toxic burn pits are poisoning Americans — overseas and at home

Defense

Task Force Gator Back to Training Ukrainians as Battle Rages For the Donbas

A Florida National Guard unit that withdrew just before Moscow invaded is back to teaching as Russia reveals its weak spots.

Defense

Harriet Tubman Led Military Raids during the Civil War as Well as Her Better-known Slave Rescues

Harriet Tubman has long been known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad leading enslaved Black people to freedom. Less known is her role as a Union spy during the Civil War.

Defense

NATO Should Start Preparing Troops For a Nuclear Battlefield

Our own history can help prepare for the physical and psychological effects should Russia use tactical nukes in the next conflict.

Defense

U.S. Rushes Weapons to Ukraine as Russia Coils for New Offensive Into the Donbas

“There’s a sense of urgency,” says senior defense official, as Biden reportedly weighs approving a massive $750 million arms package.

Tech

Solarium Co-chairs Urge the White House to Maintain Trump-era Cyber Authorities

Lawmakers expressed concern that rolling back the authorities from a 2018 presidential memorandum would jeopardize national security efforts.

Defense

Hell at Abbey Gate: Chaos, Confusion and Death in the Final Days of the War in Afghanistan

In firsthand accounts, Afghan civilians and U.S. Marines describe the desperate struggle to flee through the Kabul airport’s last open entrance. U.S. officials knew an attack was coming. Then a suicide bomber killed and injured hundreds.

Tech

Air Force Software Factory Looks to Unleash 'Chaos' on Civilian IT Shops

The Kessel Run group is currently developing a playbook that would make it easier for organizations across the federal government to adopt engineering and security best practices.

Defense

Confederate Names and Symbols on Hundreds of Military Roads, Structures, Ships Under Review

Congress’ Naming Commission has revealed what else besides base names may get relabeled or removed—right down to a water tank.

Tech

Pentagon’s Effort to Supply Departmentwide Cloud Capabilities is Delayed, Again

Officials say they essentially underestimated how long it would take to review plans from the four cloud service providers.

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