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NAVSEA Reassigns Components of Former Warfighting Capability Directorate; Vice Adm. William Galinis Quoted

Vice Adm. William Galinis

Naval Sea Systems Command has dissolved NAVSEA 06, also known as the Warfighting Capability and Enterprise Readiness Directorate, and will reassign components to specific programs and priorities. "This re-alignment will help us better leverage other parts of the NAVSEA team to support the important work being done by the SEA 06 team,” said Vice Adm. William Galinis

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Bruce Jette, James Geurts, Will Roper Talk Post-Pandemic Changes in Military Ops

Supply Chain

Leaders from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have said that their respective service branches need to implement changes in force operations, supply chain management and workforce settings following the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash100 Award winners James Geurts, Will Roper and Bruce Jette comment on recent changes and new initiatives. 

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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Three Lawmakers Suggest Ways for Federal Gov’t to Advance AI Development

Artificial Intelligence

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said they believe the federal government will play a key role in pushing the development of artificial intelligence by ensuring access to data and education. “We need to have a test facility to test algorithms so that we can understand what bias is going into artificial intelligence,” McNerney said.

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Army Research Lab Funds University Study on Rechargeable UAVs

Army Research Lab

Army Research Laboratory has invested $8M in the University of Illinois Chicago for research that would explore recharging technologies for unmanned air vehicles. The cooperative agreement, issued in August, would support the design of ground vehicles where UAVs would mount on to autonomously recharge, the U.S. Army said Monday.

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USAF Concludes Tinker AFB Modernization Project; Joseph Cecrle Quoted

Tinker AFB Project

The U.S. Air Force wrapped up a $243 million modernization project that sought to augment energy efficiency and resiliency at Tinker AF Base in Oklahoma. "The ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification also satisfies the Air Force Sustainment Center’s Art of the Possible for continuous energy improvements," said Joseph Cecrle, energy manager at OC-ALC.

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DOE Allots Funds to Help NIST Bolster Energy, Maritime Cybersecurity; Sean Plankey Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy has agreed to invest $3 million in research and development of tools and methods that support energy and maritime cybersecurity. DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bolster cybersecurity in maritime transportation and energy grids.

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Navy to Field MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter for Surface Warfare Missions; Cmdr. Matthew Wright Quoted

MQ-8C Fire Scout

The U.S. Navy is fielding an MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to support squadron operations ahead of its deployment with a littoral combat ship (LCS) next year. The Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 recently received the MQ-8C variant of the Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aircraft intended to operate with LCS for surface warfare missions. 

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