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Marine Corps Transitions Technologies To Big-League Testing, Possible Rapid Fielding

Several of the technologies pitched to the Marine Corps during a recent exercise in California will have a chance to make it to the big leagues when they join a major East Coast amphibious rehearsal next month.Several of the technologies have drawn the eye of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller, who was…

Navy And DoD Release Draft Solicitation For Overlord Unmanned Surface Vehicle Program

The U.S. Navy and Defense Department's Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) on Friday released a draft solicitation for the prototype Overlord Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) Program.The Navy and SCO are looking to develop and demonstrate the capability to field an independently-deploying autonomous USV. Overlord USVs are planned “to demonstrate an enhanced warfare capability to negatively impact…

Australia To Create Space Agency

Australia's government has decided to form a national space agency to coordinate and lead the country’s space activities, which are scattered across many agencies.Michaelia Cash, Australia’s acting minister for industry, innovation and science, said Sept. 23 that the new agency will help the nation's space companies grab a greater share of the global market.“The global…

Pence To Visit NASA’s Marshall Center

Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump’s point man for space, was scheduled to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., late Sept. 25 to receive an update on the agency’s efforts to send astronauts to deep space.Pence was expected to see an engine section test for the core stage of the Space…

MGT Can Kickstart Federal Modernization Despite Leadership Vacancies, Hurd Says

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) believes his modernization legislation included in the Senate’s recently passed defense bill can begin to solve some of the impediments to federal IT modernization, which has been stifled by vacancies for senior government information technology (IT) leaders and about 15,000 unfilled IT-related positions.House IT Subcommittee Chairman Hurd spoke at a technology…

Coast Guard Plans For Icebreaker Life Extension Incomplete, GAO Says

The Coast Guard early this year said it would plan for a limited service life extension of its one heavy polar icebreaker, the Polar Star, to prevent a gap in icebreaker operations but the service hasn’t performed the necessary analysis to support its decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a new report.The “rough…