Technology

Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie: Army Brings New Prototype Drones to the Field; Maj. Gen. David Francis Quoted

Robert Barrie

Brig. Gen. Robert Barrie, commander of the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office Aviation, said the service branch has commenced field-testing of Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FTUAS). Barrie said at the Association of the U.S. Army's virtual conference last week that soldiers are now being equipped with FTUAS prototypes for fielding.

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JAIC’s Nand Mulchandani on Global AI Partnerships, Ethical Framework Dev’t

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), has said that global partnerships are key to leveraging global datasets and scaling the artificial intelligence technologies for the Department of Defense (DoD). Mulchandani said that the DoD is focused on working with companies that can help explain and develop trust in AI systems. 

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Accenture Partners with Blue Yonder to Transform Supply Chain Operations; Kris Timmermans, Mark Morgan Quoted

Kris Timmermans

Accenture has partnered with Blue Yonder to deliver intelligent, customer-centric supply chain transformations that leverage a cloud-first approach. The partnership will accelerate digital transformation by using the cloud. “Together with Accenture, we will drive greater client value with proven methodologies that help companies achieve their visions for resilient supply chains by putting cloud at the center,” said Mark Morgan, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business, Blue Yonder.

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Gen. James McConville: Army Building Software Factory to Advance AI, Machine Learning Capabilities

Gen. James McConville

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has two initiatives going on to advance the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning. To register for ArchIntel’s AI in Competitive Intelligence Virtual Event, as well as view upcoming opportunities, visit ArchIntel’s Event Page.

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DARPA to Seek Studies for Simplified Urban Operations

DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to solicit studies that simplify military engagements in urban environments and address the limits of current intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance methods. DARPA said Thursday in a SAM notice it seeks the Non-Escalatory Engagement to reduce Dimensionality or NEED capability for the reduction of complexities in urban environment missions.

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Space Force Eyes Commercial Satcom Partnerships, Official Personnel Name

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020. He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

Autonomy

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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DISA Shares Recommendations to Prevent Cyberattacks; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Cyberattacks Prevention

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has provided recommendations to mitigate cyberattacks at the workplace and home as part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. DISA said Friday that it advises the public to update software tools, employ strong passwords and run antivirus software. The agency has also recommended to avoid sharing passwords. 

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Avaya Partners with Verizon to Support SSA Digital Transformation Initiative; Jerry Dotson, Jennifer Chronis Quoted

Jennifer Chronis

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has selected Avaya’s OneCloud portfolio of communications and collaboration solutions to support the agency’s digital transformation initiative. SSA will modernize the agency’s ability to rapidly respond to changing user needs at manageable cost. Verizon is the systems integrator working with SSA. Verizon has partnered with Avaya to provide the core communications infrastructure.

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