To support the federal government's recent spectrum auction to the private sector, the Defense Department is shifting its technology to operate in new radio frequency bands.
Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the service will likely consider taking a "risk in capacity" so that it can grow capability in emerging areas, such as cyber operations.
"We need to make credible threats. We need to have countries believe that we will respond with some punitive action," James Andrew Lewis, director of the strategic technologies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told lawmakers.
A Washington, D.C.-based think tank said DoD's current use of IoT technologies is focused on combat applications, but such technologies are also used in noncombat settings such as the use of radio frequency identification tags to track shipments and manage inventories.
Written by Anthony Cordesman, a long-time defense and security expert at CSIS, and Steven Colley, a former researcher there, the more than 600-page report focuses on key trends in China's military modernization efforts – including cyberwarfare – as well as its strategy and forces.
Former and current Defense Department officials have taken issue with a provision in the Senate's defense authorization proposal that shifts power away from Pentagon's acquisition chief.
More than a year after the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took control of Iraq's second-largest city, efforts by the U.S.to weaken the terrorist group don't seem to be working, panelists said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
The auditor that oversees reconstruction in Afghanistan expressed concern about the capability and long-term sustainability of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which the United States has spent $62.5 billion to build over the last 13 years.
The Defense Department acquisition process has become burdensome, leaving the Army behind in technology development, said Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology at an April 21 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
The ACLU has called for rules that limit law enforcement agencies' use of drones when collecting evidence of wrongdoing, for emergencies or other uses where there's no reason to think it would invade privacy.