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Senate Approves $700B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Senate on Monday approved through an 89-8 vote a bill that would authorize $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Monday. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would allocate $640 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget and $60 billion in war funds. The …

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USAF Opens Air Defense Facility in Israel

The U.S. Air Force has inaugurated its first permanent facility inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base in Negev desert, Times of Israel reported Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, chief of Israel’s aerial defense command, said the establishment of U.S. air base will help increase defense partnership between the two countries. …

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Thomas Harker to Be Nominated Assistant Secretary of Navy Financial Mgmt & Comptroller Office

Thomas Harker, associate deputy assistant secretary for financial policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be nominated as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy financial management and comptroller office. The White House said Friday Harker previously held operational and financial management roles at the U.S. Coast Guard before he retired …

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Robert Cardillo: NGA in Talks With Congress to Trade Govt Data Sets for Industry’s AI, Algorithms

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said NGA has initiated talks with Congress to strike a public-private partnership in an effort to facilitate the exchange of the agency’s data archives for industry’s algorithms, artificial intelligence and other computational methods, Federal News Radio reported Friday. “The proposition is, we have labeled …

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CBP to Examine Potential Use of Small UAS in Border Patrol Missions

The Customs and Border Protection agency has announced plans to evaluate the use of small unmanned aircraft systems in three border patrol sectors as part of a program to help agents conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, tracking and acquisition missions. CBP said Thursday it will test-fly the Puma, Raven and InstantEye Quadcopter UAS platforms in …

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