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Army to Update Target Surveillance & Acquisition System

The U.S. Army will install upgrades into a target surveillance and acquisition system designed to boost target identification accuracy and protect scouts while searching for targets, Army Times reported Monday. Army researchers are working to update the Long-Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System with a third-generation forward-looking infrared radar. The Raytheon-built LRAS3 …

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Report: USAF Reviews Space Tech Acquisition Strategy

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the military branch is currently reviewing how it acquires space systems, SpaceNews reported Thursday. Wilson told the audience at the Air Force Association’s air warfare symposium that the Air Force seeks to accelerate space systems acquisition and address the “stove-piped” structure of …

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Army Eyes New Surface-to-Air Missile Tech to Disrupt Drones, RAM Threats

The U.S. Army‘s fiscal 2019 spending plan includes an initiative to procure a new surface-to-air missile system against defeat rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and drones, Defense News reported Friday. The service branch wants to use an Expanded Mission Area Missile in conjunction with the ground-based weapon system known as Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment …

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DARPA Launches CBRNE Threat Detection Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a program to develop networks of sensors that can detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats. SIGMA+ is an expansion of DARPA’s initiative to identify radiological and nuclear materials, the agency said Tuesday. “The goal of SIGMA+ is to develop and demonstrate a real-time, …

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Senate Confirms John Gibson, 6 Other Nominees to DoD Leadership Posts

John Gibson, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has received Senate confirmation to serve as DoD chief management officer, Washington Examiner reported Friday. Gibson will lead the civilian secretaries of all military services and oversee business-focused DoD agencies and field activities in his new role. He previously served as …

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Report: Abigail Slater to Serve as Tech Adviser to Trump

Abigail Slater, general counsel at the Internet Association, will join the White House’s National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, The Hill reported Thursday. Slater will succeed Grace Koh when the latter leaves in March and will advise President Donald Trump on technology, telecommunications …

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DoD Unveils Acquisition Excellence Award Winners

The Defense Department has recognized acquisition teams across the department and intelligence agencies for showing “exemplary” contracting practices, DoD News reported Friday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said DoD gave the 2017 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to organizations that helped meet goals under the National Defense Strategy. The award …

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NATO to Form New Commands for Maritime Security, Logistics

NATO has cleared plans to establish two new commands in an effort to optimize maritime security, logistics and military mobility, DoD News reported Wednesday. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that the organization will form a joint force command for the Atlantic to help secure sea-based communication lines between North America and …

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