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DoD Awards $87M to Create BioMADE as New Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) will provide $87 million in funds over seven years to establish the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem as a new manufacturing innovation institute. BioMADE, which was formed by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, will be based at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and will work with public and private organizations to develop bioindustrial manufacturing tech platforms.

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Air Force, Army Train, Integrate for Joint Air Defense; Capt. Nicholas Volz, Capt. Nathanael Agront Quoted

Joint Training

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army components are working together to integrate communication networks, defense weapons and radar systems to boost joint efficiency. “Working with the Army ensures the safety of particular assets and regions,” said Capt. Nicholas Volz,  chief of weapons and tactics at the 726th ACS. 

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DoD, NSA Launch Cyber Workforce Dev’t, Diversity Program

NSA-CISA-FBI-UK NCSC

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a workforce training program aimed at promoting cybersecurity skills development to help close the nation’s cyber talent gap. CEDI participants will have access to DoD and NSA-sponsored cybersecurity programs, certified instructors, educational resources and internships with partner businesses.

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DoD’s Undersecretary for Policy Gets New Information Responsibility

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted the undersecretary of defense for policy a new responsibility over information operations, as required by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The undersecretary will concurrently serve as the DoD's principal information operations adviser, an executive who will help the secretary of defense make informed decisions on information operations.

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DoD Puts up New Hypersonics Engineering Office at NSWC Crane; Mark Lewis Quoted

Mark Lewis

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stood up an Indiana-based office that would support collaborative engineering for hypersonic system development. The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office's Systems Engineering Field Activity will operate from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, to help DoD better access NSWC-linked experts from government, commercial and academic sectors.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Dr. Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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DoD to Test-Fly 5th Gen Target Drone This Month; Michael Crisp Quoted

5GAT Target

The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to perform the maiden test flight of a new aerial target drone in late Oct. 2020 after the department completed ground-based tests. The initial flight of the Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take place at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, following ground test completion in the middle of Sept. 2020 at Michael Army Airfield.

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Klas Government Advances Voyager TRIK to Support Defense Communications; MajGen Mark Clark Quoted

MajGen Mark Clark

Klas has launched Voyager TRIK to enable seamless sharing of information and communications over a variety of radio networks. The company has integrated multiple tactical radios into the Voyager TRIK, which has enabled users to ingest data from disparate networks, analyze data with Voyager network modules and disseminate data over Beyond Line-of-Sight and Line-of-Sight networks. 

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DoD’s Dana Deasy on Zero-Trust Network Mgmt, Vendor Challenges

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is assessing ways to implement zero-trust networks from a management and operations standpoint. Deasy said at a prior media roundtable that the DoD has been studying the implementation of zero-trust environments beyond the network architecture. 

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Navy Unveils Name of First Guided Missile Frigate; Kenneth Braithwaite Quoted

USS Constellation

The U.S. Navy has named the first guided missile frigate in the service branch's FFG(X) program as USS Constellation. Designated as FFG 62, the vessel is meant to support the National Defense Strategy by providing the military service with a multimission capability to carry out a range of military operations.

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