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Congressional Research Service: Pentagon R&D Spending Declined over Last Decade

There has been both positive and negative news for Pentagon IT and telecom services in recent contracting years, according to a recently released report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2015, Defense Department IT and telecom service contract obligations dropped by about 16.1%, when adjusted for inflation, according the CRS report, “Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends and Reports Its Contracting Dollars.”

Don't Give Up on the Littoral Combat Ship

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program has been subjected to heavy scrutiny, and much of it is justified. What is getting lost in the discourse is the real capability that LCS provides to the fleet. From my perspective as an active duty service member who may be stationed on an LCS in the future, I’m more interested in exploring how we can employ LCS to utilize its strengths, even as we seek to improve them. Regardless of the program’s setbacks, LCS is in the Fleet today, getting underway, and deploying overseas.

How Russia's Military Plans to Counter the Pentagon's Drone Swarms

Over the past decade, Russian armed forces and Russian defense industry have made strides in developing, testing and fielding domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs). While lagging behind their Western and East Asian counterparts in reach, distance and strike capability, Russia nonetheless was successful in using smaller and lighter UAV concepts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) purposes, both at home and in conflicts abroad.

Get Ready, Russia and China: The U.S. Navy Has Big Missile Defense Plans

Aegis radar, a technology now on destroyers and cruisers, is aimed at providing terminal phase ballistic missile defense and an ability to knock out or intercept attacking enemy cruise missiles.

The Navy is modernizing its destroyers and cruisers with Aegis radar technology equipped with new multi-mission signal processors, kill assessment systems, radio frequency upgrades and various on-board circuits, service officials said. 

U.S. Military Successfully Tested Its Latest Super Weapon: ‘The Swarm’

The United States Navy and the Pentagon’s secretive Strategic Capabilities Office have demonstrated swarming autonomous drone technology in flight using over 100 unmanned aircraft. During the test—which was conducted over China Lake, California—three Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets launched 103 Perdix drones that demonstrated swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing.

The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has a Super Gun That Can Fire an Insane 3,300 Round Per Minute

The Gatling Gun Can Fire Up To 3,300 Rounds Per Minute.

The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team of weapons developers is planning for the aircraft's 25mm Gatling gun to be operational this year, officials said

The weapon has been in development for several years and was successfully test fired on Oct. 30, 2015 in California.

“This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A’s internal 25mm gun throughout its employment envelope,” a Pentagon statement said at the time.

Cyber Threats to the U.S. Electric Grid Are Real

On December 30th, the Washington Post incorrectly reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid through a Vermont utility. While this story ended up being an error as malicious code was found in a computer which was not connected to the grid, it highlights the importance of protecting the U.S. electric grid from cyber-attacks.

U.S. Air Force Official: F-35 Could Beat Russia's Stealth PAK-FA or China's J-31 in a Fight

An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters.

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end combat fight, service officials said.