DoD to Support STEM Research Projects in $50M Funding Effort

U.S. Research Security

The Department of Defense (DoD) will award $50 million in funds through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program to 150 university researchers to support the acceleration of research activities in machine learning, quantum sciences and hypersonics. The funding opportunity will also back projects that will explore the design, development and characterization of various materials. 

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DoD to Consolidate IT Services to Improve Efficiency; John Sherman Quoted

IT Consolidation

A 2018 analysis by the Department of Defense (DoD) chief information officer and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) found inefficiencies in DoD information technology delivery, said John Sherman, principal deputy chief information officer. Sherman noted that the initiative will work to create one efficient IT system across the department, including all of the services.

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DoD, Australia Partner to Jointly Develop Hypersonic Prototypes; Mel Hupfeld Quoted

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with Australia to accelerate the development and testing of air-breathing hypersonic weapon systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) describes the hypersonic air-breathing weapon concept as technologies necessary to build affordable, air-launched hypersonic missiles. The U.S. Navy and Australia's defense science and technology group will also contribute to SCIFiRE.

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DoD’s Alan Shaffer: New Modeling, Simulation Approaches Key to Expediting Acquisition Lifecycle

Alan Shaffer

Alan Shaffer, deputy acquisition chief of the Department of Defense (DoD), has said that digitization, model composability, digital engineering and modular open-systems frameworks are key to implementing advanced modeling and simulation techniques. Shaffer said that the U.S. military needs to implement new modeling and simulation approaches to accelerate the delivery of next-generation tools.

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DoD Cybersecurity Program Marketplace Goes Live

Cyber Diplomacy

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Accreditation Body (AB) has created an online repository of contact details of consultancies and professionals that can offer assistance to contractors who want to meet the Department of Defense's (DoD) cyber readiness assessment process. The CMMC-AB Marketplace currently lists 149 cybersecurity practitioners, 123 registered provider organizations and 74 provisional assessors.

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JAIC’s Lt. Gen. Michael Groen: More Computing Capacity Needed to Advance AI

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said he believes access to more computers and other resources could help JAIC accelerate efforts to exploit DoD’s large datasets and bring AI tools to warfighters faster. Groen said he believes AI could help combatant commanders make decisions on the battlefield and transform DoD’s strategies, planning and operations.

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DoD Funds Projects to Address Defense Industry Manufacturing Gaps

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued awards worth almost $27 million for nine projects that will prototype manufacturing technologies in support of the defense industrial base. The investment supports the National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative that aims to address the engineering skills gap currently in the defense industry. 

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Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall Offers Update on Joint All-Domain C2 Strategy

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, director for command, control, communications and computers on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Staff, said the strategy for the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiative is approximately 80 percent complete and is expected to lay out nine to 11 lines of effort to help come up with a lexicon for multidomain combat systems and doctrines. 

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DOD’s Thomas Wingfield Warns Against Cyberattacks, Highlights Need for Cyber Resilience

Thomas Wingfield

Thomas Wingfield, deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy at the Department of Defense (DoD), has flagged the increasing risk of successful cyberattacks against the U.S. and its allies, and warned that the Pentagon's cyber force is "not enough." He said that cyber resilience can be achieved through collaboration among leaders, "who understand the promise and pitfalls of technology."

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