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DoD Taps American Robotics to Set Up Pennsylvania Hub for Robotics Manufacturing Institute

The Defense Department has selected American Robotics to establish an innovation hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a new robotics manufacturing institute as part of the Manufacturing USA network. The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing institute will contribute $173 million and will receive $80 million in federal funds to provide incentives to companies …

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Report: Terry Halvorsen to Retire as DoD CIO in February

Terry Halvorsen, chief information officer at the Defense Department since March 2015, will retire from government by Feb. 28, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes Halvorsen said that he expects DoD to continue the department’s  information technology policies and priorities in the next administration. “Our dialogue with the transition team seems …

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Senate OKs Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment to DoD Leadership Post

The Senate approved a congressional waiver to help ease the path for retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis’ confirmation as defense secretary under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration through an 81-17 vote Thursday, Politico reported Thursday. Jeremy Herb and Connor O’Brien write the waiver legislation would exempt Mattis from a law that requires a seven-year wait for former …

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CNN: DoD Deploys Radar to Monitor North Korean Missile Activity

The Defense Department has deployed a new radar designed to monitor potential North Korean long-range-missile launches in the coming months, CNN reported Thursday. Barbara Starr writes the sea-based X-band radar was launched in response to North Korean statements of readiness to test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korea made an announcement in …

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DoD Secretary Nominee James Mattis to Attend Senate Confirmation Hearing, Cancels Appearance Before House Panel

James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, will appear Thursday before a Senate panel hearing for his confirmation as secretary of the Defense Department but called off his attendance to a House Armed Services Committee hearing scheduled on the same day, Military Times reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the appointment of …

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DoD Senior Leaders Discuss ‘Continued Preparedness’ Amid Leadership Transition

The Defense Department‘s senior leadership council has met to discuss “continued preparedness” ahead of DoD’s transition to new leadership, DoD News reported Tuesday. Karen Parrish writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters that the meeting included briefings on regional issues such as North Korean and Russian aggression; the Islamic State militant …

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Bloomberg: DoD’s Michael Gilmore Urges Trump Administration to Conduct ‘Comprehensive’ F-35 Program Review

Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department, has said that President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration should launch a comprehensive review of the F-35 program to examine “well-documented deficiencies” in the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft’s combat systems, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Anthony Capaccio writes Gilmore told Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) in …

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