The Pentagon’s Invisible Man Is Winning Washington’s Power Game
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is quiet, deferential—and on his way to becoming the Trump administration’s most influential player.
SECDEF: Expect ‘Trimming, Reducing, Some Eliminations’ in 2021 Budget
Pentagon officials are “making good progress” in their review of bureaucracy intended to cut fat and shift funds to high-priority efforts to counter Chinese and Russian military advancements, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Nov. 11.
Turkey’s S-400 Buy May Have Spoiled Gulf Nations’ Chances of Flying the F-35
Two years ago, the Dubai Airshow was abuzz with the news that the United States was preparing to open talks with the United Arab Emirates about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, signaling that US officials perhaps believed the time was right for an Arabian Gulf nation to get its hands on one of the most highly anticipated and sensitive pieces of American technology. But as this year’s Dubai Airshow kicks off, that buzz has quieted, and the status of those bilateral engagements are unclear.
Police: Four Afghan National Army Personnel ‘Mistakenly Killed in Airstrike’ in Logar
At least four Afghan National Army personnel were killed by “friendly fire” in the eastern province of Logar on the night of Nov. 11, provincial police claim.According to Logar police spokesman Shahpoor Ahmadzai, a US airstrike “mistakenly” targeted an army outpost when it came under Taliban attack and Afghan forces called for air support.
Google Looks Past Project Maven to Work Anew with the Pentagon
More than a year after pulling out of a contract with the Pentagon that relied on technologies based on artificial intelligence to sort through drone videos, Google says it is ready to work with the Defense Department on a wide variety of applications that don’t involve weapons.
Air Force Testing Novel ISR Sensors for LEO Sats
The Air Force’s ground-breaking Rogue CubeSats will launch from the International Space Station in early 2020 to test new short-wave infrared (SWIR) sensors that can see through smoke and haze, as well as process the gathered imagery.
Court Rules VA Must Pay for Veterans' Emergency Room Care, a Decision That May Be Worth Billions
The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled on Nov. 11—a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans.
How a Former British Paratrooper Prepared Actors in '1917' to Fight World War I's Devastating Battles
Creating a realistic battle scene—whether it's from World War II or the Napoleonic Wars—demands technical know-how and precise attention to detail. Paul Biddiss, the military technical adviser on the upcoming World War I movie "1917," taught the actors everything they needed to know, from proper foot care to how to hold a weapon, "which allows the actor to concentrate on his primary task. Acting!" Biddis told Insider.