Sept. 15, 2020

U.S. Army, Estonia sign historic agreement for collaborative research in cyber defense

The U.S. Army and the Republic of Estonia’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement today that will enable the two countries to conduct future collaborative science and technology efforts in cyber defense.

Sept. 15, 2020

ERDC researchers participate in U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support program

Until engaging in conversation with colleagues while on temporary duty in the United Kingdom, Dr. Ahmad Tavakoly was not aware of the U.S. Army Foreign Technology (and Science) Assessment Support (FTAS) program. This summer, Tavakoly, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research a Development Center’s (ERDC) Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), and co-principal investigator Dr. Mark Wahl, also from CHL, completed the first ERDC project funded by the program.

Sept. 14, 2020

Japan Ground Self Defense Force Engineer School Visits Camp Zama

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Japan Ground Self Defense Force Engineer School continue to strengthen their bonds of partnership and share best military engineering practices.

Sept. 14, 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Embassy-Tbilisi rebuilds Georgia School

When school starts on Sept. 15, the nearly 270 students of the Kveshi School in Tbilisi, Georgia will return to school this fall with a renewed sense of excitement. The beginning of the 2020 academic marks the return to their newly renovated school.

Sept. 11, 2020

Intersessional Meeting of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey joined their Indian counterparts today for a virtual Intersessional Meeting of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

Sept. 10, 2020

Leveraging Return on Investment: A Model for Joint Force Campaign Plan Assessments

On August 2, 2019, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper informed the military Services of a department-wide fiscal program review to better align the future joint force toward a near-peer threat environment, a process similar to the “night court” proceedings he held during his tenure as the Secretary of the Army. The directive memo states, “No reform is too small, too bold, or too controversial to be considered.”

Sept. 10, 2020

The "Politics" of Security Cooperation and Security Assistance

In 1955 a book titled The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640–1945 was published; it would soon become a landmark study of civil-military relations. Gordon Craig’s unassuming tome became widely influential within and outside the civil-military relations field and spurred the publication of what has become a wide literature on the politics of armies (particularly those of the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, and France) that takes a different approach to our conventional understanding of civil-military relations.

Sept. 10, 2020

Joint Task Force-Bravo’s Headquarters Support Company Gives Back

U.S. servicemembers from the Army Forces Battalion Headquarters Support Company at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, delivered charitable donations to the Horizontes al Futuro Orphanage in Comayagua Honduras, Sept. 5, 2020.

Sept. 10, 2020

DSCA Encourages Partners to Look Beyond Gear to Multi-Domain Ops

When it comes to working with security partners, there's an effort now to focus on multi-domain operations to improve teamwork in regards to air operations, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency's new director said.

Sept. 10, 2020

Accelerating Military Innovation: Lessons from China and Israel

The U.S. military’s technological advantage is under threat. Since the end of the Cold War, the military has been largely occupied with relatively low-tech counterterrorism and counterinsurgency conflicts against non-peer adversaries. Much U.S. defense research and development (R&D) during that time focused on delivering incremental innovations to address capability gaps in existing systems and warfighting concepts. As a result, many of today’s frontline systems are upgraded versions of those used in the Gulf War almost 30 years ago.

Sept. 10, 2020

Structuring for Competition: Rethinking the Area of Responsibility Concept for Great Power Competition

Even if we can create and master new tools capable of dominating today’s battlespace, just having the best technology will not be enough: Winning conflicts today requires changes to the ways DOD organizes and employs forces. Ultimately, if the United States fails to take a comprehensive approach toward adapting to the challenges of the information age and adversarial competition, then we will cede our national security advantage.

Sept. 10, 2020

Strength through cooperation

The U.S. defense industry, together with U.S. military standards for testing and evaluation, provide materiel solutions that are sought after by militaries throughout the world. The demand for U.S. military materiel was enumerated in October 2019, when the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which is responsible for the financial oversight and program management of foreign military sales (FMS), announced $55.4 billion in FMS during fiscal year 2019.

Sept. 9, 2020

U.S. Military Lands C130 on Newly Renovated Angaur Airfield in Palau

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules delivered U.S. Army Pacific (USAPAC) Soldiers onto the newly renovated Angaur Airfield for training exercises in the Republic of Palau, Sept. 5.

Sept. 8, 2020

Security Force Assistance Brigade Soldiers Complete First Mission to Indo-Pacific

Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Soldiers wrapped up their first mission to the Indo-Pacific region Monday, despite hurdles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sept. 8, 2020

Koa Moana 20 Integrates with Joint U.S. Team to Improve Angaur Airfield

The Engineer Platoon of Task Force (TF) Koa Moana (KM) 20, I Marine Expeditionary Force, integrated with a joint U.S. team for an expansion project at the Angaur Airfield in the state of Angaur, Republic of Palau, Aug. 19-26, 2020.

Sept. 3, 2020

U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs, Djiboutian veterinarians partner to treat local livestock

Deployed U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Soldiers from the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN), in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), participated in a veterinary exchange in the rural village of Ali Oune, Djibouti, August 30, 2020. In partnership with the Djiboutian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, the 443rd CA BA was able to assist the veterinarian for Damerjog, Djibouti, in providing livestock care for the people of the remote Djiboutian desert village, which is roughly 15 miles from Camp Lemonnier.

Sept. 3, 2020

ANAD, GDLS complete first ‘rolling chassis’ Strykers

The first two vehicles of a proof-of-concept rebuild with Stryker vehicles previously slated for demilitarization were completed in July.

Sept. 3, 2020

DLA Distribution and Defense Security Cooperation Agency align mission and efficiencies to save costs

In response to the defense wide review conducted Dec. 17, 2019, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution assumed oversight of three Defense Security Cooperation Agency Humanitarian Assistance Program Excess Property sites. The alignment, a current and on-going effort, will not involve the movement or exchange of material, but, with DLA Distribution assuming oversight, is projected to save taxpayers upward of 18% of the current storage and distribution costs.

Sept. 2, 2020

Army South, Central American army partners enhance regional capabilities

Key leaders from U.S. Army South and partner nation armies from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras took part in the Central America Working Group, or CENTAM, Working Group, held virtually Aug. 24-28.

Aug. 31, 2020

Georgia National Guard to participate in Noble Partner 20

More than 250 Georgia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will participate in training exercise Noble Partner 20 in the country of Georgia Sept. 7-18.

Aug. 31, 2020

U.S. Army Japan and Ground Component Command build upon bilateral readiness and interoperability during COVID-19

Lt. Gen. Yoshihide Yoshida, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Ground Component Command commanding general, was welcomed by Maj. Gen. Viet X. Luong, U.S. Army Japan’s commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. Christopher E. Magee, USARJ’s senior enlisted advisor here Aug. 20.

Aug. 29, 2020

Esper, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss Cooperative Efforts

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono discussed ways to strengthen the already strong U.S.-Japanese partnership during a meeting at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Aug. 28, 2020

Canadian, U.S. Forces study exercise design in Ukraine

Operation UNIFIER Soldiers trained Task Force Illini Soldiers on exercise design fundamentals at Combat Training Center-Yavoriv, Ukraine, Aug. 24 – 28. “Exercise design is part of the exercise life cycle, what we would call the Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) in America. JELC goes by different names in Canadian and North Atlantic Treaty

Aug. 26, 2020

Texas National Guard and Egyptian Military begin Long-Term Military Partnership

On August 24, the U.S. State of Texas and the Arab Republic of Egypt took the first step in forming a long-term partnership under the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program. At the historic Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, Secretary of State for Texas Ruth R. Hughs; the Adjutant General of the State of Texas, Major General Tracy R. Norris; and Egypt’s Defense Attaché to the United States Major General Abdelraouf A. Moussa affirmed their intent to form a long-term partnership between the Texas National Guard and the Egyptian Military.

Aug. 21, 2020

Washington continues State Partnership Program virtually

Travel restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the Washington National Guard to develop new strategies to maintain strong relationships with its partner nations through the State Partnership Program (SPP).