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Navy Test-Fires Northrop-Made Anti-Radiation Extended-Range Missile; Captain A.C. Dutko Quoted

AARGM-ER

The U.S. Navy flew a Super Hornet jet to test-fire a Northrop Grumman-made anti-radiation missile designed to strike targets at extended ranges. The AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) underwent a long-range live-fire test at the Point Mugu Sea Range on July 19, Northrop said Monday.

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NASA Deploys Imager to Study Sun’s Corona; Amy Winebarger Quoted

MaGIXS

NASA has launched a spacecraft designed to help researchers study the soft X-ray emissions and growth of the Sun's corona. The space agency said Monday that its Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS) solar imager launched on July 30th from White Sands Missile Range. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center developed the spacecraft. 

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Day & Zimmermann Receives $311M IDIQ for the U.S. Army Grenade and Consolidated Fuze Contract; Michael Quesenberry Quoted

Day & Zimmermann

Day & Zimmermann announced on Tuesday that its Munitions & Government unit has been awarded a potential five-year $311 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the U.S. Army Grenade and Consolidated Fuze. The work will be performed at Day & Zimmermann's 5,500 acre Lone Star facility in Texarkana, Texas.

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Gen. Mark Milley: AI, Other Emerging Tech Needed to Deter Aggressors, Win Future Wars

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said artificial intelligence, hypersonics, 3D printing, unmanned systems, long-range precision fires and other emerging technologies could transform the conduct of warfare and are needed to win future wars in the event of deterrence failure.

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Bipartisan Bill Would Require AI Training for Federal Acquisition Professionals

AI Training for the

A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, would mandate the creation of a training program for federal employees tasked with procuring artificial intelligence platforms. The Artificial Intelligence Training for the Acquisition Workforce Act is intended to help government buyers to learn the potential advantages and risks from the emerging technology. 

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Chris Inglis Backs Creation of Cyber Statistics Bureau Within DHS

Chris Inglis

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis has expressed support for a plan to establish a bureau of cyber statistics that would collect and analyze data related to cyberthreats and cyber incidents. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) initially proposed the idea of establishing the bureau. King is co-chair of the CSC and Sasse serves as a commissioner. 

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White House Appoints Chirag Parikh as National Space Council Executive Secretary

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh, former director of space policy at the National Security Council, has been named executive secretary of the White House National Space Council chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris. He will join the council from Microsoft, where he has served as senior director of Azure Space since January 2020.

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USAF Provides 2 Boeing-Built Chinook Helicopters to Australia as Part of Foreign Military Sales Program

CH-47K Chinook

The U.S. Air Force completed the delivery of two CH-47F Chinook helicopters, manufactured by Boeing, from Dover AF Base in Delaware to a military airbase in Townsville, Australia, under a foreign military sales deal. USAF said Monday its 9th Airlift Squadron used a C-5M Super Galaxy to transport the Chinooks that the Australian government procured for its army.

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Navy Flight Tests MQ-4C With New Multi-Mission Sensor for First Time; Capt. Dan Mackin Comments

MQ-4C Triton

The U.S. Navy has conducted its first test flight of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system in the new Integrated Functional Capability-4 configuration at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The surveillance aircraft demonstrated its stability and control following a 30-month multi-mission sensor upgrade process. 

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