military

  • Wired For War

    Increasingly, the U.S. military is using unmanned aerial vehicles to wage war, sometimes those UAVs are flown by people based as far away from the front lines as, say, Nevada. How does that technology change…

  • The mother of all war games

    There are war games…and then here’s this war game. Between May 31st and June 5th, more than 180 representatives from the U.S. military and other government agencies, will be in McLean, Virginia for the revised Capstone Concept for Joint Operations. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the exercise designed to see how a joint force will respond to national security challenges in the future. I’m Max Cacas.

  • Graduation time at Fort McNair!

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used graduation ceremonies at the National Defense University for a lesson on leadership. Speaking to graduating senior military officials, Mullen says commanders, senior enlisted service members, and junior officers all need different kinds of leadership. Mullen adds that commanders must realize the toll that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on troops and their families. I’m Max Cacas.

  • Daddy, do you have to go again?

    Multiple deployments can be tough on military familes, but they’re especially tough on the children. School work suffers, and surveys show behavioral problems increase. The Pentagon tries to help with the Military Family Live Consultant program, which makes counselors available to families. There are resources available online at the Military One Source, Military Homefront and the Military Community and Family Policy websites.

  • The gift with the Presidential touch!

    President and Mrs. Obama recently drove to Fort McNair here in Southwest DC to help stuff napsacks for military children attending the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple summer camps. They packed those 15,000 bags with snacks, books, and even a baseball trading card of presidential pooch ”Bo”. Its is part of the President’s ”United We Serve” summer volunteer initiative.

  • Top level military review for web 2.0

    The Pentagon’s chief information officer is conducting an agency-wide review of the use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials are trying to balance the benefits of allowing the use of social networking on recruiting, public affairs and troop morale, against the potential security risks.

    Defense Secretary Gates gets a report on ‘web 2.0’ at the end of this month, and department-wide policy is expected out in late September.

  • Sharing Project

    November 4th, 2009 The ambitious information sharing project between the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department is a technologically complex one. The two agencies have built electronic health records, and have set the stage…

  • Who will Strike First

    Lt. General Ronal Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said yesterday Iran could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb within a year. But is that their goal? A top Israeli military analyst says the jury is still out on what Iran is going to do with its nuclear program. Some have suggested even Iran doesn’t know. One thing’s for sure. The U.S. And Israel both have warned a military strike on Iran is not out of the question. The question is will it happen before Hezbollah and Hamas strike Israel as some experts warn.

  • Unmanned Aerial Technology

    The U.S. Military’s unmanned aerial technology is becoming the envy of other nations. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has confirmed several allied nations…including Britain, Canada, Spain, Japan and South Korea… have all expressed interest in drone technology.

    Each branch of the military has different uses for U-A-V’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Rear Admiral Terry Kraft says the drones capabilities in persistence and covertness are particularly impressive. And, he says, unmanned Systems will be included in the Navy’s 2011 budget and beyond.

    They’re in the process of introducing several new systems now, including the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (or BAMS), the Navy version of the Global Hawk.

    In 2012, the Navy anticipates a breakthrough development when they land an unmanned tail-less aircraft onboard an aircraft carrier.

  • Changes come to Manas

    U.S. military tanker aircraft have suspended refueling operations at Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan. A new contract is being renegotiated with interim government in that country. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said refueling for KC-135 aerial refueling tankers had been shifted to a new refueling location, which was not disclosed for security reasons. Whitman said the move has not disrupted U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, and the movement of troops and supplies through Manas have not be affected.