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Capt. Jacob Singleton: Air Force Research Lab Eyes Commercial Incubator, Accelerator Programs

Capt. Jacob Singleton, program manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation, told PCMag in an interview published Wednesday AFRL is interested in incubator and accelerator programs that can help developers explore the potential military use of commercial technologies. Singleton, who also leads Space Technology Accelerator program, said the lab …

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DoD Unveils Digital Engineering Goals; Michael Griffin Comments

The Defense Department has established five goals for an initiative to modernize DoD’s systems design, development, delivery, operation and sustainment processes with the use of digital technology. DoD said Thursday it aims to integrate technological innovation into engineering practices and formalize the adoption of models that can support enterprise and program decision-making efforts …

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McConnell AF Base Hosts 5th KC-46 Maintenance Training Summit

McConnell Air Force Base held the fifth KC-46 Pegasus Maintenance Training Summit to inform the aircraft’s maintainers, crews and other involved personnel on expected training schedules and requirements. The summit generally aimed to address the KC-46’s training requirements in preparation for the aerial refueling aircraft’s expected arrival in October, the U.S. …

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Rep. Vicky Hartzler Discusses DoD Clearance Improvement Efforts With HASC

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, held an event to address concerns in the Defense Department‘s clearance process. The subcommittee’s fourth official event discussed on ongoing efforts to streamline DoD’s process for granting security clearances to employees and contractors, the House Armed Services Committee said Friday. …

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DoD Establishes New Joint Center to Advance AI Tech

The Defense Department has formed a new center that will oversee artificial intelligence efforts across services and DoD amid efforts of China and Russia to dominate AI, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a memo released Thursday the joint artificial intelligence center will report to …

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Report: Senate Subcommittee Proposes $616M for DoD Microelectonics RDT&E Projects

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has proposed $616 million to help the Defense Department conduct research, development, test and evaluation of microelectronics technology in fiscal year 2019, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. The amount represents a $447 million increase over President Trump’s FY 2019 microelectronic RDT&E spending request. DoD leaders have said the department should …

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House OKs $675B Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal 2019

The House voted 359-49 Thursday to pass a $675 billion defense policy bill that would authorize the purchase of 93 F-35 fighter aircraft, three littoral combat ships and two aircraft carriers for fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Thursday. The defense appropriations bill would fund the Advanced Battle Management System that seeks to replace …

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