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Reboot the Defense Innovation Ecosystem

April 7, 2022

The venture capital model of investment is predicated on a high failure rate, justified by massive returns on a small number of successes. Yet prestigious, venture-capital-backed defense tech startups are…

US Takes First Enforcement Actions Against Alleged Violators of Russia Export Controls

April 7, 2022

The U.S. took its first actions Thursday to enforce sweeping restrictions on the export of technology and industrial goods to Russia, a warning to Russian companies and any foreign countries…

Budget Reform Can’t Succeed Without Congress

April 6, 2022

The Department of Defense’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution program has been variously called “a relic of the past,” a “root cause of … bloat” and “the primary factor behind the decline in…

As Ukraine War Drags on, Pentagon Makes Long-term Plans for Europe

April 5, 2022

The open-ended war in Ukraine has thrown the Pentagon’s long-term planning into question, with senior U.S. defense officials expected to revamp how they deploy military forces in Eastern Europe and…

Biden Nominates Adm. Linda Fagan to Head Coast Guard, First Woman to Lead Military Service

April 5, 2022

The Biden administration has nominated Adm. Linda Fagan to lead the U.S. Coast Guard, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. Fagan, currently the Coast Guard’s vice commandant, will…

How to Put the Joint in JACD2

April 5, 2022

Great power competition is upon us. Our adversaries are prepared for sophisticated conflicts across multiple domains that employ denial of communications and information advantage capabilities. This fundamental shift in warfare…

Lockheed Releases Open-source Standard for On-orbit Spacecraft Docking Interface

April 4, 2022

Lockheed Martin is releasing a non-proprietary, open-source interface standard it says could enable future on-orbit satellite mission extension and augmentation. The company announced the release of the Mission Augmentation Port…

The Battery Metal Really Worrying China is Lithium, Not Nickel

April 4, 2022

Nickel has captured much of the limelight among battery metals in recent weeks, and understandably so. Wild price swings, including an unprecedented 250% advance over two trading sessions amid a short…

As Russia Plots Its Next Move, an AI Listens to the Chatter

April 4, 2022

A radio transmission between several Russian soldiers in Ukraine in early March, captured from an unencrypted channel, reveals panicked and confused comrades retreating after coming under artillery fire. “Vostok, I am…