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DoD News: Richard Spencer Talks About Efforts for Navy Modernization

At a news briefing, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer discussed the service branch’s progress under the 2018 National Defense Strategy, DoD News reported Wednesday. The Navy plans to refine processes, employ Congressional acquisition authorizations and partner with industry to support the development of the Navy–Marine Corps team, said Spencer, a 2018 Wash100 recipient. Spencer discussed …

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Army Seeks to Implement AI-Based Recommendation System for Soldiers

The U.S. Army looks to implement an artificial intelligence technology designed to recommend actions to soldiers in the battlefield, C4ISRNet reported Wednesday. The report said the Army Research Laboratory has developed a “collaborative filtering” approach similar to the AI method that Amazon and Netflix use to generate user recommendations. Both companies collect large amounts of user …

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USAF Identifies Three Potential B-21 Bomber Aircraft Bases

The U.S. Air Force has identified three military bases as “reasonable alternative” hosts for the future long-range strike bomber aircraft. B-21 Raider bombers under development by Northrop Grumman will replace current B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit units stationed at Dyess AFB in Texas, Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota and Whiteman AFB in Missouri, …

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John Hale: DISA Eyes MilCloud 2.0 Migration in Next 5 Months

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started to transition mission partners to the second version of the MilCloud platform after the technology received provisional authorization from the Defense Department in March to host controlled unclassified information, Federal News Radio reported Monday. “We have laid out a plan that over the next four-to-five months …

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Sonny Bhagowalia Named CBP IT Deputy Assistant Commissioner

Sonny Bhagowalia, former chief information officer of the Treasury Department, has joined the Customs and Border Protection as deputy assistant commissioner at the agency’s information technology office, Federal Times reported Saturday. In his new role, Bhagowalia will lead CBP’s cybersecurity efforts and the development of automated interfaces between the agency and other …

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James Mattis Calls for National Security Exceptions to Russia Sanctions Law

Defense Secretary James Mattis has called for waivers to allow U.S. allies to prevent any sanctions related to the procurement of Russian-made weapons, Military.com reported Friday. Mattis told lawmakers Thursday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Congress should make “national security exceptions” to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through …

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John Adametz to Serve as NAVFAC Pacific Head, Thomas Anderson to Lead Naval Surface Warfare Center

The U.S. Navy has assigned Capts. John Adametz and Thomas Anderson to leadership positions at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific and Naval Surface Warfare Center, respectively. Adametz, commanding officer at the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Warfare Center, will transition to a dual-role as commander of NAVFAC Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet civil engineer, the Defense …

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DoD to Give Congress Justification Report on $10B Cloud Procurement Strategy

David Norquist, comptroller at the Defense Department, said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday that DoD intends to provide lawmakers with a justification report about its plan to acquire cloud computing infrastructure through a single-award contract, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. Norquist informed the panel that the department will submit a report …

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House Armed Services Committee Suggests Establishment of AI Support Council

The House Armed Services Committee has suggested the establishment of an artificial intelligence support council under a recent draft of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, C4ISRNet reported. Once approved, the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Policy and Oversight Council will be formed to supervise development of research and applications supporting the Defense Department‘s …

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