Milley Makes Case for U.S. Military Keeping Up With Global, Technology Changes > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Defense Department News

The geopolitical world has changed mightily over a generation, but that is nothing compared with the changes in technology, and the U.S. military must keep pace to defend the nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley touched on a wide range of subjects during a virtual talk with The Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon. Milley started with a discussion of the changes he has seen in his 40-year military career.

There’s a lot of change that’s occurred at paces that are much more rapid than in any time period we’ve ever seen in history.”

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Milley was commissioned in 1980. The United States and Soviet Union were still involved in a Cold War, and most military thinkers believed it would last through the foreseeable future. The Soviets had

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United States Department of Defense Information Technology Report 2020-2025: Industry Convergence Propels the Industry – Press Release

Dublin, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Industry Convergence Propels US Department of Defense Information Technology, 2020-2025” report has been added to’s offering.

This research service focuses on the US Department of Defense (DoD) information technology (IT) budget requests and representative contracts. Analyses of research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); procurement; operations and maintenance (O&M); and a variety of other services are also presented in this study. Contract activity for the 2019 calendar year is also included.

The DoD IT 2021 budget request consists of the Army, Navy/Marine Corps, Air Force, and joint service spending plans (all of which are included). The base year for financial spending is 2019, and the market forecast is from 2020 to 2025.

IT spending for the fiscal year 2021 DoD budget request is the foundation of this research. The 2021 DoD request may encounter opposition from both sides of the political aisle.

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The Defense Department IG Outlined the Pentagon’s Top Challenges. Here’s Where Tech Fits In.

The Defense Department faces three new major management challenges heading into fiscal year 2021, and two out of the three deal directly with technology and information issues.  

The Defense Department Office of Inspector General announced its annual report summarizing the biggest management and performance challenges the department faces for the next fiscal year, identifying a total of 10 new and enduring issues, last week. Emerging technologies, managing and securing information systems, and data all featured prominently in the report. 

The two new technology-oriented management challenges relate to the need for DOD “dominance” in emerging technologies—such as 5G and artificial intelligence—and transforming data into a strategic asset. 

DOD needs to be able to push out innovative technologies at a faster pace than it currently does, according to the section on technological dominance. 

“The potential of emerging technologies, and the challenges for the DOD, may be reflected in the new ways of

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Rivada, White House lobbying Defense Department on 5G spectrum-leasing plan

But the military has not embraced the proposal, even though it was pushed directly by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

“I’ll just be honest with you, the department has not embraced spectrum-leasing at this point … there are just so many issues at play including bringing in receipts and dollars into the department, and we don’t know how the DoD would even do that,” said a senior defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter freely.

“We’re looking for industry and [other government agencies] to give us some innovative ideas about how that might happen,” the official said.

The lobbying document obtained by The Post shows Rivada proposing that it create a 5G network and rent out that spectrum to private companies such as Netflix, Facebook or Tesla.

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State Department Facing ‘Significant’ Information Security Issues, OIG Says

The State Department faces persistent challenges related to information security and management, according to a recently published inspector general report. 

The Inspector General for the State Department, in its annual management and performance audit released last week, concluded the agency has taken steps to improve information security. But outstanding weaknesses left the department vulnerable to cyberattacks and threats. Information security and management was one of seven major issues the IG examined in the report.  

“The department acknowledges that its information systems and networks are subject to serious threats that can exploit and compromise sensitive information, and it has taken some steps to address these concerns,” the report reads. “However, notwithstanding the expenditure of substantial resources by the department, OIG continues to identify significant issues that put department information at risk.”  

OIG first reported “pervasive concerns” related to Information Systems Security Officer, or ISSO, activities in 2017, according to the audit,

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Department of Industry stands up Australian Public Service Blockchain Network

The Australian government in February published a National Blockchain Roadmap centred on opportunities across the economy that it believed could be seized and enabled by the use of blockchain technology.

The roadmap contains 12 “signposts”, with one seeing the establishment of a group comprised of a bunch of government blockchain users.

Signpost four dictates the group would be created to discuss the learnings from existing government use cases, promote and diffuse these learnings across government, and identify further government use cases.

Speaking at the Digital Transformation Agency’s 2020 Digital Summit on Thursday, Chloe White, who is part of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Emerging Technologies team, said this group has been focused on continuing to build capability in blockchain within government.

See also: Blockchain: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic)

“Our goal is really to set up a network to uncover who are the public servants that are interested

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Hypersonic Weapons Are the Future – And the Department of Defense Wants Them Now

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The exact timetable on the weapons’ arrival is unknown. What is clear is that the Pentagon has prioritized their development, throwing resources at getting them out as quickly as possible.

The Pentagon wants to build hypersonic weapons quickly and in large numbers.

Senior Department of Defense weapons developers made it clear that the U.S. military services do not just seek to prototype hypersonic weapons, but that they want very large numbers of them battlefield-ready.

This dual-pronged goal explains the rationale for the Pentagon move to stand up a new University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics designed to streamline testing, research, innovation, weapons development and acquisition into a sharp, laser-focused, high-speed operation. Run by Texas A&M, the consortium is moving quickly to award up to $20 million in funding for as many as twenty-six project solicitations, Dr. Gillian Bussey, Director of the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office,

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PPPL presents discoveries and plays a prominent role at global physics gathering | US Department of Energy Science News


DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Scientific discoveries, educational opportunities and wide-ranging events highlighted the 62nd American Physical Society-Division of Plasma Physics annual meeting, which attracted participants from around the world. The session this year, held virtually November 9 to 13, drew more than 150 physicists, engineers and students from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). They joined more than 2,000 registrants for presentations, poster sessions and seminars on topics ranging from astrophysical plasmas to nanotechnology to fusion development.

Probe-mounted particle injector shooting boron carbide into W7-X stellarator plasma. Image from PPPL and W7-X news release. Collage by Elle Starkman/Office of Communications

PPPL presentations included 11 invited talks on fundamental plasma physics and recent experimental and theoretical findings on the magnetic confinement of plasma that fuels fusion(link is external) reactions in laboratory facilities. Also speaking was Yuan Shi, a 2018 graduate of the Princeton

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MP Materials Awarded Technology Investment Agreement with the Department of Defense

MOUNTAIN PASS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MP Materials Corp. (the “Company”) (“MP Materials”) (NYSE: MP), the largest rare earth materials producer in the Western Hemisphere, has been awarded a Defense Production Act Title III technology investment agreement (the “TIA”) to establish domestic processing for separated light rare earth elements. Under the TIA, the Department of Defense (the “DoD”) will contribute $9.6 million towards MP Materials’ Stage II optimization efforts.

MP Materials is the only North American rare earths producer with the ability to source and process these critical components, including light rare earths, in the U.S. These elements are fundamental to numerous defense and commercial applications, including magnets used in electric vehicle drivetrain motors and precision guided munitions. Given its importance to many advanced technologies, the market for separated rare earth elements is expected to see significant growth.

“Our mission is to restore the full rare earth supply chain to the

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Los Angeles Police Department Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Illustration for article titled The LAPD Just Banned Its Officers From Using Third-Party Facial Recognition Software

Photo: David McNew / Staff (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a moratorium on the use of commercial facial recognition software on Tuesday, effectively ending a trial with dystopian software manufacturer Clearview AI that the department had long sought to downplay.

The decision reportedly comes after Buzzfeed News probed the LAPD’s use of the software, which officials had in the past claimed to only deploy “sparingly.” Contrary to those claims, however, the investigation found that more than 25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches over a three month period in 2019, using the facial recognition software as a tool to scrape non-criminal images from their vast databases. Typically, those databases are compiled by culling photos from social media and other public internet platforms, which has drawn the ire of civil liberties activists who claim that the data is gathered without the consent of the

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