This can’t possibly be true:
President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to consider cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces to as low as 300 deployed warheads—below the number believed to be in China’s arsenal and far fewer than current Russian strategic warhead stocks.
Pentagon and military planners were asked to develop three force levels for [...]
It survives in Navy’s budget, for now. As does the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS, the Firescout upgrade and the X-47B Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (edit) technology demonstrator program, according to Spencer Ackerman.
In related budgetary news, the armed forces plan to fire involuntarily discharge about 92,000 people over the next five [...]
SOCOM is seeking a freer hand in deploying his operators:
As the United States turns increasingly to Special Operations forces to confront developing threats scattered around the world, the nation’s top Special Operations officer, a member of the Navy Seals who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to [...]
Check out this quad rotor video from UPenn’s GRASP lab:
There are some pretty neat potential military applications of this kind of technology, and they are not necessarily kinetic. Imagine that you could lean out Cisco’s OSPF network layer protocol – or adopt some existing lean layer 3 protocol – in such a [...]
The US military has a “can do” culture. When assigned a mission, the question is not whether it is a good idea, or whether it is even achievable, but how to get the mission done, preferably with minimum casualties to own forces. That’s the way you fight and win, from the squad level up [...]
The McClatchy press has run a series of articles critical of the investigative lab at the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. Some of the reports detailed botched DNA and weapons testing, and the falsification of documents. Evidence was lost, sometimes for months, delaying investigative outcomes.
The senior service realized it had a problem on its [...]
Secretaries Panetta and Clinton are on a little fence-mending mission in Evropa:
The Obama administration sought to reassure anxious European allies Saturday that budget cuts won’t undercut the U.S.’s commitment to their security. The Pentagon announced plans last month to cut the permanent U.S. force in Europe to two brigades, down from four, as [...]
I have been generally favorably disposed to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. While at CIA, his bureaucracy’s intelligence gathering apparatus drove the military operations which finally put postage paid to Osama bin Laden, not to mention Hellfire warheads on the foreheads of hundreds of mid-level AQ and Taliban seeking refuge in the Pakistani badlands. [...]
The Politico is running an article of either breathless naivete or conscious dissimulation:
The national debate over gay marriage is threatening to spill over into the military, as activists from both sides of the volatile issue work to influence the Pentagon’s policy toward gay and lesbian service members and their families.
Gay activists who [...]