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But you can already see a turf war developing over who should control U.S. space-warfighting capability — with the White House, Congress and the military services jockeying over how to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars and scores of senior Pentagon command positions. But let's start with the threat, ...
This is at a time when independent analysts like the Project on Government Oversight have pointed out that the F-35 may never be ready for combat, and when Pentagon has frozen deliveries of the F-35, because, as the department's acquisition chief Ellen Lord has acknowledged, with some understatement, that “The ...

According to military analysts, the S-300 surface-to-air missile system would improve Russia's ability to control air space in Syria where Moscow's ... targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities, including a research and development center in Damascus' Barzeh district and two ...
Project Maven is a joint venture between Google and the Defense Department to use the company's artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to ... The former Army intelligence officer said the video imagery generated by the drones allows analysts to dissect anomalies and make the most precise ...
WASHINGTON–The Defense Department's highest priority when it comes to developing new technologies is to create weapons that can hold China at ... The Chinese regime in particular has been developing hypersonic missiles, laser weapons, and other tools that can form what military analysts call an ...
“If you're activating a microphone on someone's phone, that is going to raise a lot of alarms,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. “People don't want to feel like someone is listening in on their private life. That's going to have to be subject to tight controls.”.

The alert came just days after the Pentagon said there had been “a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. missile strikes ... But analysts say the cyber warnings from the West risk playing into Russia's hands by adding to the confusion with exaggerated statistics and ...
The Pentagon will stick with its plan to issue a single-award contract for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, commercial cloud procurement, ... Officials announced March 7 that the Defense Department will choose a single winner to provide a shared cloud-based platform to replace legacy IT ...
"If you're activating a microphone on someone's phone, that is going to raise a lot of alarms," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. "People don't want to feel like someone is listening in on their private life. That's going to have to be subject to tight controls.".
For his part, Turkish political analyst Mehmet Guller has lambasted Ankara's support of the US draft on Syria within the framework of the UN Security Council ... Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis admitted on April 12 that the Pentagon did not have evidence that either chlorine or sarin had been ...
'Heart' of Syria chemical efforts hit, Pentagon says .... WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials said Saturday that U.S.-led strikes against Syria had taken out the ″heart″ of President Bashar .... Randa Slim, an analyst at the Middle East Institute, tweeted: ″If this is it, Assad should be relieved.″.
The Pentagon claimed Saturday the U.S.-led attack on Syria set back regime's chemical weapons program "for years," but experts contend those assertions may be exaggerated. On Friday, forces from France, Britain and the U.S. launched combined strikes on three military targets associated with Syrian ...
In September, Defense Department officials announced that they would be moving onto the cloud in a big way. ... Times, saying that they had provided nothing more than “open-source object recognition software available to any Google Cloud customer” to help the Air Force lift the burden on its analysts.
His endorsement explained, in part, an expansive proposed buildup of the Defense Department's own drone force. A report from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College Monday said the Defense Department's proposed 2019 budget for unmanned systems and technologies includes a 25 ...
With global outrage mounting over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria, the Pentagon on Monday weighed its options for a retaliatory ... Jennifer Cafarella, a Syria analyst for the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, said Trump's administration needs to figure out what its ...
Thousands of staff at Google are protesting against the company's work with the Pentagon's surveillance drones program. ... The Department of Defense said that Project Maven was initially focusing on identifying 38 classes of objects which were important for its analysts to detect as the coalition continues ...
A former U.S. military analyst who infamously leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971 called for greater public resistance to the threat of nuclear war at an event at the Elliott School of International Affairs Monday. Daniel Ellsberg, a former nuclear war planner at the RAND Corporation, a global ...

Subscribe to Federal Drive's daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. The removal of David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs Department secretary at the end of March did more than make waves in the VA. It also caused a shuffle in leadership at one of the Defense Department's most neglected ...
“Senior Pentagon Russia Analyst LTC David Jewberg” maintained a popular Facebook page and was frequently quoted in Ukrainian and Russian media as a Pentagon insider related to topics concerning Ukraine and Russia. He represented himself as an actual person with the legal name “David Jewberg ...
The Washington Post reported late Monday that the Pentagon has cut the value of the contract with REAN Cloud LLC from its original $950 million to just ... Holger Mueller, principal analyst and vice president at Constellation Research Inc., said it wasn't unexpected that Oracle would take exception to the ...
A Google spokesperson told Gizmodo in a statement that it is providing the Defense Department with TensorFlow APIs, which are used in machine learning applications, to help military analysts detect objects in images. Acknowledging the controversial nature of using machine learning for military purposes ...
On Wednesday, Mark E. Mitchell, a top official in the Defense Department, said much wrangling remained before any of the promised $40 million is ... While it waits for the funding transfer from the Pentagon, the center, which has a staff of around 60 people, including 23 contract analysts, will continue ...
Still, some analysts are skeptical of Moscow's claims. “I don't believe they are real game-changers,” Sim Tack, chief military analyst at Belgium-based Force Analysis told VOA via Skype. “Putin's announcement today was not so much an unveiling of new capabilities that nobody knew about,” he said.
The Defense Department recently gave United Technologies' Connecticut-based aeronautics subsidiary a $2.5 billion contract without competition to ... to make them," said Loren Thompson, an aerospace analyst with the nonprofit Lexington Institute, which gets some funding from United Technologies.
The Pentagon, won't confirm it. "The addition of fifth-generation fighters into Syria would certainly not be in keeping with Russia's announced force drawdown," said Eric Pahon, Defense Department spokesman. "We do not consider these jets to be a threat to our operations in Syria, and will continue to ...
WASHINGTON — A new congressional proposal to slash 25 percent in spending from dozens of Defense Department agencies alarmed some lawmakers and analysts who said Wednesday that additional study is needed before agencies are closed, military services are curtailed and thousands of jobs are ...
His endorsement explained, in part, an expansive proposed buildup of the Defense Department's own drone force. An April 9th report from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College said the Defense Department's proposed 2019 budget for uncrewed systems and technologies includes a 25 ...
The Pentagon counters that Maven isn't a weapons system, and makes use of open-source technology to speed up how human analysts sort through information. A DoD spokesperson told Breaking Defense that Maven “is fully governed by, and complies with” U.S. law and the laws of armed conflict and is ...
HOPEWELL — Pentagon research analyst, Taekwondo black belt and Girl Scout troop leader Tonya Tatum remembers feeling drawn to the ... Later in her career, she was selected to become an operations research systems analyst (ORSA) — not too far from what she was doing as a logistics officer, as far ...
In explaining the flood of funding that enables a company like Lockheed Martin to reap $35 billion per year in government dollars, defense analyst Richard ... He caught the spirit of the moment when he praised the administration's puffed-up Pentagon proposal for using the Defense Department budget as a ...
Analysts at Bloomberg Government state the Defense Department spent a record $412 million in obligations through OTA contracting in fiscal 2017, a massive increase over $3.5 million reported for OTA obligations in fiscal 2013. If Congress is dangling OTAs like carrots, the Pentagon is biting. “Time is of ...
The report comes as the Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for $716 billion for defense spending for fiscal 2019, a major hike that budget analysts say aligns with the administration's stated goals of bulking up the military and preparing it to potentially fight near-peer rivals after years of focusing ...
... is a vital tool for those trying to track the growth or decline of various programs. But in the FY18 budget request, some programs came with no FYDP figures at all, and in other cases, those numbers were placeholder figures that the acting comptroller said analysts and reporters should largely ignore.
Broadly speaking, the Pentagon's new policy calls for introducing two new types of weapons to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, effectively ending efforts to ... Known as a “Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System” many analysts have described it as a “doomsday” weapon because it theoretically would have the ...
To explore the Strava data, analysts are comparing it alongside Google Maps' historical views and other resources, to see how potential military emplacements might have developed in recent years. And the U.S. isn't the only country whose operations could be put at risk. Looking at a section of land in ...
A shutdown also could affect President Trump's 2019 defense budget request and the military buildup he promised, analysts said. ... "It's not easy for the Pentagon to make long-term decisions when you're living in a constant state of flux," said Laicie Heeley, a budget analyst at the Stimson Center, ...
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), an arm of the U.S. Pentagon, is home to imagery analysts who pore over huge amounts of satellite images and data for insight into everything from natural disasters to potential threats from other countries and terrorist cells. However, there are concerns ...
Donald Trump to call on Pentagon, US diplomats to play bigger role in arms sales negotiations: Reports .... One national security analyst said that easing export restrictions to allow defense contractors to reap greater profits internationally would increase the danger of top-of-the-line US weapons going to ...
In 1971, a Times reporter based in Washington, D.C., corresponded with a disgruntled former military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg. The analyst, opposed to the escalation of the Vietnam War and embittered by his inability to gain attention from lawmakers, passed along top-secret reports. Included in those ...
Earlier this month at an undisclosed location in the Middle East, computers using special algorithms helped intelligence analysts identify objects in a video feed from a small ScanEagle drone over the battlefield. A few days into the trials, the computer identified objects — people, cars, types of building ...
So does this revelation signal the existence of alien life visiting Earth? Is the program just a political pet project? We asked a panel of scientists and analysts to weigh in on the significance (or lack thereof) of this revelation. Below are their thoughts regarding what the Pentagon's secret UFO program means ...
The origins of the program, the existence of which the Pentagon confirmed on Friday, are being revealed publicly for the first time by POLITICO and the New .... There was also interest among some analysts at the DIA who were concerned that the Russians or Chinese might have developed some more ...
“This is very much driven by an expectation of increased business,” defense industrial base analyst Andrew Hunter told USNI News. ... The result, Hunter said, is that contractors are telling analysts and the Pentagon that they're ramping up production capabilities to handle multi-year contracts now being ...
The recent National Defense Strategy identified great power competitors as the major challenge facing the Pentagon, but Gen. ... Andrew Hunter, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, agrees that the Pentagon needs to think of China and Russia as separate threats. But he notes ...
In 1971, a Times reporter based in Washington corresponded with a disgruntled former military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg. The analyst, opposed to the escalation of the Vietnam War and embittered by his inability to gain attention from lawmakers, passed along top-secret reports. Included in those reports ...
The gripping story behind the 1971 leak of the infamous Pentagon Papers, which revealed a massive US government cover-up spanning four ... leaked to the media by Daniel Ellsberg, a military analyst and research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies.
Every business day, the INSIDER delivers news and notes on the Defense Department, Congress and the defense industry. And every day, we send you highlights via email. Depending on the terms of your subscription to Inside Defense, you will have easy access to the linked articles and documents.
The actual and potential threats from Russia, China, North Korea and Islamic extremists are all serious, but giving the Pentagon another huge increase defies ... Yet the ground troops who are doing the actual fighting say there is no crisis, according to the analyst Mark Thompson of the Center for Defense ...
The Defense Department's developing cloud strategy has put the tech industry on edge. According to an internal strategy document obtained by Nextgov, the Pentagon aims to award a 10-year cloud computing contract—potentially worth billions—to a single company by the fourth quarter of 2018.
She's a transgender woman and a former intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. Now, she's running for ... One, she was one of the military's top intelligence analysts. And number two, while working at the Defense Department, she transitioned from living as a man to living as a woman. When we spoke ...


 

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