April 18, 2018
Mattis, Qatar’s Defense Minister Discuss Mutual Security Interests
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah of Qatar to the Pentagon to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and Qatar.
Speed Must Accompany Innovation, Pentagon Official Tells Senate
The U.S. must focus on getting technology into troops’ hands faster to maintain a technical advantage on the battlefield, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told a Senate panel.
DoD’s Underfunded Maintenance Backlog Exceeds $116 Billion, Official Says
The Defense Department is setting strategic goals to confront the maintenance challenges created by six years of sequestration, the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment told a House panel.
Service Members Seeing First Fruits of Army Acquisition Changes
FORT BELVOIR, Va. —
Changes in the Army acquisition process mean new technology will get to the field faster, including enhanced binocular night-vision goggles, said Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy, who visited Fort Belvoir, Va., to see projects in development.
DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says
The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers.
Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Officials Say
The undersecretary of defense for policy said before a House Armed Services Committee panel on strategic forces that in today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter and defend against attacks on the U.S. homeland, its forces abroad and its allies and partners.
Air Force Inspectors Comb Aircraft for Potential Problems
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. —
Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Squadron’s nondestructive inspection shop at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., perform aircraft integrity checks using liquids and a variety of other methods to assist them in searching for cracks in aircraft parts and other imperfections.
ISIS Contained in Syria, Changing Tactics, OIR Spokesman Says
Iraqi security forces and Syrian Democratic Forces continue to contain Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in areas of the middle Euphrates River valley, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.
Service Dog Lends War Veteran a Helping Paw
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. —
What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? That is exactly how retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he reached a breaking point in his military career and decided it was time to reach out to military agencies to get the help he desperately needed.
Face of Defense: Doctor Builds Partnerships Through Global Health Engagement
FALLS CHURCH, Va. —
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Elizabeth Erickson’s experiences in military health outreach around the world allows her to build strong partnerships, and her position as a female officer and physician has given her the unique opportunity to work with and learn from inspiring women around the globe.