Report to Congress on Hypersonic Missile Defense

The following is the Oct. 3, 2022, Congressional Research Service report, Hypersonic Missile Defense

From the report

Hypersonic weapons, like ballistic missiles, fly at speeds of at least Mach 5, or roughly 1 mile per second. Unlike ballistic missiles, hypersonic weapons do not follow a ballistic trajectory and can maneuver en route to their target. Russia reportedly fielded its first hypersonic weapons in December 2019, while some experts believe that China fielded hypersonic weapons as early as...

Biden Signs Continuing Resolution Keeping Government Running Through Dec. 16

President Joe Biden on Friday signed a stopgap funding bill into law, preventing a government shutdown on the last day of the fiscal year.
The continuing resolution keeps the government funded through Dec. 16, giving lawmakers more time to pass Fiscal Year 2023 funding bills, including the annual defense appropriations legislation.

The House passed the measure on Friday after the Senate passed the CR on Thursday.

Both chambers are in recess until after Election Day, meaning both the FY 2023...

GAO Report on Information Threats to National Security

The following is the recently released Government Accountability Office report, Information Environment: Opportunities and Threats to DOD’s National Security Mission.

From the report

What GAO Found

Given the ubiquitous nature of the information environment, both DOD and adversaries can conduct operations and activities in the information environment from anywhere in the world. Additionally, with DOD capabilities dependent on IT and the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), its ability to conduct...

Navy to Add 225 Prevention Workers in Pentagon-Wide Effort to Stem Sexual Assault

Sailors and Marines, assigned to the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44), man the rails as the ship prepares to deploy, March 28, 2022. US Navy Photo

Over the next year, the Navy will hire 82 workers to help provide service commands with resources for addressing military sexual trauma with a goal hiring 225 by the end of Fiscal Year 2024, the under secretary of the Navy told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday.

The 82 prevention officers will be in place by...

Keeping Strategic Weapons Programs Funded Biggest Threat to U.S. Nuclear Triad, Says Panel

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 1:13 a.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 2, 2019. US Air Force Photo

The biggest threat to modernizing the nuclear triad is to keep sustained modernization funding over multiple years and presidential administrations, a panel of national security experts told a key Senate panel on Tuesday.

The Air Force and the Navy are in the midst of replacing major decades old era strategic weapons programs. The Air Force...

Report to Congress on Defense Department Directed Energy Weapons

The following is the Sept. 13, 2022 Congressional Research Service report, Department of Defense Directed Energy Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

Directed energy (DE) weapons use concentrated electromagnetic energy, rather than kinetic energy, to combat enemy forces. Although the United States has been researching directed energy since the 1960s, some experts have observed that the Department of Defense (DOD) has invested billions of dollars in DE programs that failed...

Chinese Alloy in F-35 Parts Not Likely Security, Safety Risk, Says Pentagon Acquisition Chief

An F-35B Lightning II aircraft assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, sits aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on June 10, 2022. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON — Although the results of an investigation are pending, it’s unlikely that a Chinese alloy built into a magnet connected to the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter’s engine presents a security risk or safety issue to the operational aircraft, the chief weapons buyer for the Defense Department told USNI News...

GAO’s Open High Priority Recommendations for the Pentagon

The following is the Aug. 22, 2022 open letter from the Government Accountability Office to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Defense.

From the report

We ask for your continued attention to the remaining 66 open priority recommendations identified in the 2021 letter. We are also adding 18 new recommendations related to Navy readiness, cybersecurity and the information environment, defense management, federal contracting, and financial management. This...

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