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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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Army Eyes Reduced Logistics Tail in Multi-Domain Battle

The U.S. Army is developing a strategy to reduce the logistics tails of the service branch’s  units in multi-domain combat operations, Defense News reported Monday. The Demand Reduction strategy is meant to address the Army’s mission to operate in smaller, more dispersed units while providing required water, fuel, power and equipment to warfighters, according …

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DoD Officials Cite Threats Against US Military Operational Dominance at Senate Subcommittee Hearing

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has said the U.S. military’s superiority over potential competitors is beginning to wane due to adversaries’ level of investment and efforts to close the operational and technical gap, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Work testified before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday alongside William Roper, director of …

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NASA Develops Folding Robot for Rugged Terrains

NASA has developed an origami-inspired robot designed to fold itself and explore rugged areas deemed “too risky” for rovers. The agency said Tuesday the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot has been tested in various terrains such as the Mojave Desert in California, a ski resort in Colorado and an active volcano in Antartica. The …

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Gregory Zacharias: Air Force Seeks to Integrate AI Functions With F-35s

Gregory Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch has begun efforts to incorporate artificial intelligence functions into F-35s and other fighter aircraft in order to facilitate manned-unmanned teaming operations and integrate autonomous capabilities, Defense Systems reported Friday. “We are working on making platforms more autonomous with multi-infusion …

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Marcel Lettre: Infrastructure Security Risks Warrant National Response

Marcel Lettre, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has said the Defense Department pursues artificial intelligence, autonomy, automation, deep machine learning and human-machine teaming in efforts to drive cyber innovation, DoD News reported Saturday. Jim Garamone writes Lettre told the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that innovation plays a significant role in the military’s strategy and …

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Air Force Eyes AI, Autonomy Tech for Future Drone Swarm Management

The U.S. Air Force seeks technologies that could help a single operator manage a swarm of small unmanned aerial systems, Defense News reported Tuesday. Col. Brandon Baker, chief of the Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft capabilities division, told attendees of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference that artificial intelligence and …

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Defense Science Board Recommends Strategies to Increase DoD Adoption of Autonomous Systems

The Defense Science Board has conducted a 2016 summer study on autonomy that suggests autonomous technology can provide various operational advantages to a wide array of Defense Department missions. DSB outlined in a June 2016 report three sets of recommendations to help DoD expand the use of self-operating platforms for the military, increase the operational pull for …

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Air Force’s Greg Zacharias: Fighter Jets Might Operate Multiple Drones for Reconnaissance, Targeting Missions

Greg Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said that fighter jets might be able to fully control a group of unmanned aircraft systems through the cockpit to perform reconnaissance, electronic warfare, weapons transport and targeting missions in the future. Zacharias told Scout Warrior reporter Kris Osborn in an interview published Thursday …

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