Tags Gen. Glen VanHerck

MDA’s role in upcoming homeland cruise missile defense demo now unclear

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After being passed over as the lead organization for developing new capabilities to defend the homeland against enemy cruise missiles, the Missile Defense Agency is trying to figure out what its role will be in a highly anticipated technology demonstration scheduled for fiscal 2023 and how it will be executed. Last month, under pressure from lawmakers for a decision, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks tapped the Air Force to be…

Pentagon’s Hicks wants more focus on cyber, EW capabilities for missile defense

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The Pentagon needs to evolve in its approach to air and missile defense, particularly through non-kinetic, technological means, according to the department’s No. 2 official. The U.S. military faces a range of threats, from small drones to hypersonic weapons. While there is still a key need for “kinetic” weapons such as missile interceptors to defeat threats, “increasingly we have to be looking at opportunities that are non-kinetic,” Deputy Secretary of…

Northern Command testing commercial satcom capabilities in the Arctic

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The U.S. military is putting commercial satellite communication technology through its paces to see if it can help its forces communicate better at high northern latitudes. Communications is a capability gap in the Arctic that needs to be addressed, Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, noted Thursday during a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon. He and Adm. Charles Richard, commander of…

Combatant commander tasked with homeland defense warns of shortage of AI capabilities

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U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command don’t have sufficient artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, the dual-hatted chief of both organizations warned Monday. The Pentagon is pursuing new space-based sensors, communications systems and other capabilities to improve situational awareness. But it needs AI to better crunch and share the data it collects. “This year’s budget, I think, moves the ball down the field with regards to domain…