Pentagon taking steps forward on hypersonics; New Army multi-domain task force


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante.

DOD acquisition chief on hypersonics; Future of BYOD at the Army


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Bill LaPlante; former Principal Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President Joel Bagnal.

Pentagon acquisition chief optimistic — but not certain — that hypersonics will transition into production soon


Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante said “the proof will be in the pudding.”

Hicks says Pentagon has different employment strategy for hypersonics than China, Russia


The weapons are anticipated to provide military advantage in the next era of warfare, prompting a sharp focus and major investments from America, China, Russia and others in recent years. 

Pentagon issues new awards to universities to work on hypersonics tech


The Defense Department announced several new applied research awards for work on navigation systems, scramjets, velocity and altitude controls, and capabilities for monitoring aeroshells.

Hicks grapples with deficiencies in Pentagon’s R&D infrastructure


After visiting the Air Force Research Lab, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks confirmed that she’s keen to help drive the modernization of R&D facilities.