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Army Wants Industry Input On AI Applications To Improve Information Warfare Operations

The Army is seeking industry input on research and capabilities that can help improve its ability to integrate artificial intelligence tools with its information warfare (IW) operations. A new Request for Information notice posted on May 15 is intended to assist the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) with finding machine learning and […]

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Army Awards $2.6 Billion Deal To Support Aviation, Missile Systems Prototype Facility

The Army has awarded Defense Systems and Solutions a potential nine-year, $2.6 billion deal to provide technical support for the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, Engineering Center’s (AMRDEC) prototype integration facility, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Defense Systems and Solutions (DSS), a small business joint venture based in Huntsville, Alabama, will support expedited prototype development, fabrication, […]

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Bell Opens Advanced Rotorcraft Center Near Pentagon

Foreseeing major future investment by the Defense Department in advanced vertical lift technologies, Bell [TXT] has opened up shop in the Pentagon-adjacent forest of commercial high rises where its primary competitors have owned buildings for years. Bell on May 23 cut the ribbon on its new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC) in the Crystal City […]

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Army Officials Moving Away From ‘Self-Limiting’ Requirements To Meet Network Modernization Needs

Army officials are looking to a new acquisition approach for its battlefield network modernization effort built around experimenting with technologies first and then developing requirements as its looks to more rapidly deliver near-term capabilities. Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for Army command, control, communications-tactical (PEO C3T), and Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, leader of […]

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Army To Industry: Help Us Team Drones With Helicopters And Tanks

In keeping with the Army’s new spirit of outreach to industry, the service wants to know what the private sector can do to better team drones with manned aircraft. The Army wants to know what’s out there in the way of products, science-and-technology research, operational concepts and mission support that could enhance existing manned-unmanned teaming […]

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DoD Biometrics Office Establishes S&T Priorities

The Defense Department’s office that is responsible for design, developing and acquiring biometric solution capabilities for different operating environments has developed a 30-year roadmap that includes current and potential science and technology (S&T) projects to meet warfighter requirements, an official with the office said earlier this month. The roadmap includes near-term, mid-term and far-term projects […]

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NDAA Measure Encourages Training Infantry Like Jet Pilots, Fielding More Tactical Drones

Nestled within a block of relatively uncontroversial additions to the 2019 defense authorization bill is an amendment encouraging the Defense Department to invest in upgrading the battlefield effectiveness of infantry troops, recognizing they are as important a tactical capability as pilots or the aircraft they fly. Offered by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.), the amendment adds […]

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Army Network Officials To Propose Baseline Technology Framework In Fall

As early as this fall, officials working to fix the Army’s battlefield network will propose to senior leaders a baseline package of technologies for a deployable computing environment that will then compete for primacy and funding with other modernization needs. “There are difficult choices, particularly in this area, as we try to keep up with […]

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Mattis To Congress, FAA: Military Needs More Authority To Shoot Down Drones Over Bases

Privately owned drones routinely violate restricted airspace over military bases, ships and airfields and the Pentagon wants more authority to shoot them down, Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 9 told lawmakers. The military can disrupt or destroy small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) over certain secure facilities with restricted airspace but has limited authority to […]