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FDA, DoD Unveil Program to Accelerate Availability of Medical Products for US Military

The Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Department have kicked off a joint program to speed up the development and availability of emergency medical products for the U.S. military. FDA said Tuesday the program’s framework was established through a bill, which authorized DoD to request the accelerated development and evaluation …

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James Mattis Says Military Looks to Strengthen Diplomatic Affairs in the Korean Peninsula

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said current efforts prioritize the strengthening of diplomatic affairs with North Korea; but the military prepared options for a potential attack, DoD News reported Tuesday. Mattis talked to reporters about efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula while on his way to the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security …

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Navy Tests P-8 Poseidon Aircraft With IFF Tech in Patuxent Anechoic Chamber

The U.S. Navy has tested a Boeing-built P-8 Poseidon aircraft equipped with an identification friend or foe technology at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s anechoic chamber. The test was part of an AIMS certification process for the AN/UPX-43 IFF interrogator designed to classify surrounding vehicles and vessels as either allied or enemy forces, the …

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Capt. John Rucker: Navy Takes Incremental Approach Toward Unmanned Maritime Systems Devt

The U.S. Navy is working to build a range of unmanned maritime vessels through an incremental development approach, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Capt. Jon Rucker, Navy program manager for unmanned maritime systems, said at the Surface Navy Association’s national symposium in Arlington, Virginia that the service branch develops modular …

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GAO: DoD Spent $9.1B on O&M for Overseas Contingency Operations in FY 2016

The Defense Department spent the $9.1 billion budget that Congress authorized for the operation and maintenance needs of overseas contingency operations to meet base requirements. The Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Wednesday that DoD obligated funds to cover base programs and activities, including headquarters, maintenance and transportation costs. Base requirements include …

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