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Dave Barrett: Navy to Set 3D Printing Implementation Goals After Fleet Tests

After a series of U.S. Navy tests to demonstrate the manufacturing and fabrication capabilities of 3D printing technology, the service will explore printing from metal and similar materials as it targets at-sea applications for the technology, Military Times reported Sunday. Lance Bacon writes the Navy has sought a list of high-demand items, including Tomahawk cruise …

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NIST Seeks Partners for Community Resilience CoE Under $20M Federal Grant

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a solicitation to U.S. higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations interested in helping NIST establish a Community Resilience Center of Excellence under a five-year, $20 million grant. NIST said Wednesday that the CoE will provide research services and develop modeling, simulation and informatics tools and measurement science standards …

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Federal Leaders Point to Strategic Sourcing, Regulations as Factors in Future GWACs

The American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council has hosted a panel on governmentwide acquisition contracts to discuss the issues facing GWAC providers focused on agencies’ acquisition practices, adoption and regulation, FCW reported Thursday. Mark Rockwell writes officials identified strategic sourcing, Federal Acquisition Regulations and federal IT’s use of GWACs as their …

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FAA to Unveil Commercial Drone Rules By Year’s End

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to issue draft regulations governing commercial use of small unmanned aerial systems by the end of this year, Aviation International News reported Friday. Bill Carey writes that flight rules for larger commercial drones will follow after industry finishes technical standards related to UAS collision warning …

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Mick Maher: DARPA Asks Scientific, Engineering Communities to Cut New Material Development Time

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to forge a methodology for reducing the time it takes vendors to develop new materials for various missions by 75 percent. DARPA plans to consolidate materials science, computational materials engineering, engineering, design, analysis and manufacturing principles under the Materials Development for Platforms program, …

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Air Force Wants Open Tech for Ballistic Missile System Modernization

The U.S. Air Force is seeking open technologies to replace the service’s ageing intercontinental ballistic missile systems, Defense Systems reported Wednesday. Joey Cheng writes the Air Force issued a broad agency announcement in search for ground-based strategic deterrence technologies to upgrade its ICBM weapon system based on Minuteman III specifications. …

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