Matthew Nelson

Two DOD Organizations Partner to Engage Small Businesses in National Security Tech Programs

National Security

The Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) have agreed to create a joint annual program meant to encourage smaller contractors to participate more in the the national technology and industrial base. OSBP Director Farooq Mitha said the two organizations will develop initiatives that align with President Biden's Build Back Better recovery plan

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US-Israel Research and Development Partnership Posts Solicitation for Homeland Security Projects; William Bryan Quoted

Department of

Interested vendors have until June 15th to submit proposals to the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation on research and development projects for homeland security technologies. The proposals are also required to include research and cooperative agreements between Israeli and U.S. companies. BIRD will accept executive summaries for all proposed projects until April 27th.

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NASA Promotes Robyn Gatens to Full-Time ISS Director

Robyn Gatens

Robyn Gatens, who served as NASA's acting director for the International Space Station for seven months, has been named to the post permanently. Gatens will also have risk management, program execution and technical advisory responsibilities in her new position. Her career at the space agency began at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1985.

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Tyndall AFB to Field Semi-Autonomous Robot Dogs; Mark Shackley Quoted

Q-UGVs

Tyndall Air Force Base received the first batch of semi-autonomous robot dogs designed by Immersive Wisdom and Ghost Robotics for the U.S. Air Force's 325th Security Forces Squadron. The Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicles (Q-UGVs) can navigate on difficult terrains and come with 14 sensors each to allow a situational awareness coverage of 360 degrees.

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Army OKs Capability Development Document for Navigation Warfare, Situational Awareness Tech

Hybrid Workforce

The U.S. Army approved a capability development document that aims to speed up the experimentation and development of navigation warfare and situational awareness technologies. The team aims to evaluate and demonstrate prototype NAVWAR-SA technologies during the PNT Assessment Exercise and the Project Convergence 21 event.

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Jack Blackhurst to Retire as Air Force Research Lab Executive Director

Jack Blackhurst

Jack Blackhurst, executive director of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) since June 2017, is set to retire Wednesday after a 46-year career that saw him take on various military and federal civilian roles. He received his Senior Executive Service appointment in 2010 while serving as director of the human effectiveness directorate within AFRL.

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SOCOM Taps Collaboration.Ai for Market Research Platform

Collaboration.Ai

Collaboration.Ai has won a three-year, $10 million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to provide a market research platform for innovation challenges launched under the Air Force's AFWERX program. The company will facilitate contests regarding the concept of high-speed vertical takeoff and landing aircraft via the Augmented Human/Community Performance Platform

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USMC Activates Enterprise Network Modernization Task Force; David Goosman Quoted

MCEN Modernization

The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command assembled a group of technical professionals to help update infrastructure that interconnects service personnel, architecture, processes, physical and logical topology and cyber operations. Task Force Aquila (TFA) has been tasked to monitor changes to the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN) through a process-based method. 

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Space Force Starts to Lend M-Code GPS Receivers to US Allies via Multinational Arrangement

Space Force M-Code

The U.S. Space Force is allowing the loan of precise positioning service receiver cards for use in military GPS capability testing work in partner nations as part of a three-year multinational initiative established by USSF's Space and Missile Systems Center. Project Arrangement took effect when Canada co-signed the document in December and the Canadian government received the initial M-code PSS receivers last month, USSF said Thursday.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen: DOD Should Modernize Warfighting Enterprise for AI Implementation

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the Department of Defense's (DOD) warfighting enterprise systems must evolve to integrate with artificial intelligence technology. The Marine Corps lieutenant general added JAIC aims to help the Pentagon address operational efficiency and effectiveness goals.

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