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David Norquist Becomes Acting Defense Secretary; DOD Announces Interim Secretaries for U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force

David Norquist

David Norquist, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, has assumed responsibilities as acting secretary of Defense to ensure continuity of operations and readiness at the Pentagon until a new DOD secretary is confirmed. John Roth, John Whitley and Tom Harker assumed duties as acting secretaries of the Air Force, Army and the Navy, respectively.

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Army Tests AI-Based Multisensor Tech for Explosives Detection

AI-Based Multisensor

The U.S. Army has demonstrated a machine learning-based sensor technology designed for fixed-wing aircraft that works with synthetic aperture radars to detect explosives from a designated safety point. Lt. Col. Mike Fuller, program manager at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said the team used side-by-side comparisons of multiple modalities during the assessment to maximize the probability of threat detection while minimizing false alarms.

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Researchers Offer Human-Robot Teaming Recommendations to Help Inform Army R&D

Human-Robot Teaming

A new report that built on a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University of Maryland provides 31 recommendations on enabling spoken language interaction between soldiers and robots to help the U.S. Army pursue modernization in the areas of artificial intelligence and autonomy. The Next Generation Combat Vehicle is one of the Army programs expected to benefit from the report guidelines.

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Army-Led Multisector Team Creates Dataset for Thermal Facial Recognition

U.S. Army

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a large set of thermal face data to support facial recognition in dark environments. The team used a long wave infrared camera to capture over 500,000 thermal images of 395 faces. Thermal data on a subject's head pose, expressions and eyeglasses serve as references to reproduce physical conditions.

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Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey: Army to Lead Government-Industry Test for Counter-Small UAS Tech

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, director of the Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office, (JCO) said the U.S. Army will conduct the first government-industry testing event for counter-sUAS technologies in April. The service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office will host the testing alongside the U.S. Air Force, Gainey said Friday at a virtual event held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Army Partners With Industry, Academia to Develop ML Algorithms for Battlefield Decision Making

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army and its partners have created machine learning algorithms designed to help soldiers make decisions in difficult combat situations. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) partnered with IBM, the University College London and the U.K.'s defense science and technology laboratory to develop the algorithms. These algorithms consider response time, resource availability and other factors in making decisions.

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Army Explores Augmented Reality Use in Bright Daytime Environments; Chou Hung Quoted

Augmented Reality Tech

Army Research Laboratory (ARL), part of the service's Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), has developed a new application that may help warfighters use augmented reality (AR) in bright light daytime scenarios. The new AR technique uses low contrast dimming highlights to address excessive brightness that hinders AR display quality, the U.S. Army said Tuesday.

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Maj. Jeremy Howell: Army Increases Planned Budget for 2021 Robotics Programs

U.S. Army

Maj. Jeremy Howell, a U.S. Army officer who serves as deputy robotics branch chief, G-8, said the service's robotics portfolio has grown in terms of budget, with 20 upcoming programs. The major noted that the Army wants to purchase modular mission payloads that may consist of communications systems, anti-jamming technologies and lethality packs.

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Army to Deploy Support Units for Planned Stryker-Mounted Electronic Warfare System

Stryker Fighting Vehicle

The U.S. Army plans to establish electronic warfare groups for brigade combat teams that will be responsible for a proposed integrated electronic-attack system designed for the service branch’s Stryker fighting vehicles. Col. Daniel Holland, capabilities manager for electronic warfare at the Army, told the publication that the service plans to deploy a SIGINT network support teams and electronic warfare platoons that will handle TLS-BCT.

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Army’s Standards-Compliant Universal Encryption Chip Enters Final Testing

Universal Encryption

The U.S. Army has commenced final testing for a reprogrammable cryptographic module that works as a universal chip that can support communications for computers, satellites, radios, unmanned aerial systems and ground infrastructure. The REprogrammable Single Chip Universal Encryptor (RESCUE) utilizes encryption algorithms from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Security Agency (NSA) to ensure baseline compliance.

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