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Army Implements New Personal Reconnaissance Drone

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team began using a new unmanned aerial system designed to provide near-real time video access for reconnaissance missions, DVIDS reported Thursday. Program Executive Office Soldier had troops hold, inventorize and train to use the new system at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from April 29 to May 3.

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GAO: Agencies Awarded Hundreds of Contracts to Companies with Tax Issues

The Government Accountability Office found that some agencies have “inappropriately” awarded more than 1,800 contracts to companies with unreported tax debts. GAO said Wednesday that the Army, Navy and the departments of Energy, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs made potential violations of federal regulations between 2015 and 2016 when they worked with contractors with delinquent debts and penalties for noncompliance with tax laws. 

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Susan Lawrence, Managing Director of the Joint Forces Sector for Accenture Federal Services, Awarded 4×24 Chairman’s Award

Susan Lawrence, managing director of the Joint Forces Sector for Accenture Federal Services, received an award for her leadership role in Executive Mosaic’s 4x24 program, designed for the government contracting industry’s senior and most influential executives.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper Urges Allies to Invest in Modern Warfare Tech

Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said the U.S. is asking allies to boost investments in new defense-applied technologies including hypersonics, directed energy and artificial intelligence, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. He said these new technologies are needed to deter China and Russia from being on top of the power competition.

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Army Launching Efforts to Modify Commercial AI Tech for Military Use

The U.S. Army is working to apply and modify commercially available artificial intelligence technology to better suit military applications, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commander of the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, said the service branch seeks to develop AI capabilities that run on human-machine teaming technology for logistics and sustainment, situational awareness and adversary behavior analysis.

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New Commission Established to Recommend on National Cyber Policy, Strategy

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., will co-chair a commission intended to assess and address the cyber threats facing the country. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission consists of 14 members working to build cyber policy on recommendations, hearings, intelligence and homeland security discussions, King's office said Thursday. The group's establishment stems from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Army, USCG Research Arms Authorized for Partnership

The U.S. Army's and the U.S. Coast Guard's respective research laboratories have partnered to pursue projects of common scientific interest, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commander of Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Philip Perconti, Army Research Laboratory director and Capt. Gregory Rothrock, commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s research and development center, signed a memorandum authorizing the partnership.

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Army Applications Lab Developing Automated Tech for Coding, Budgeting Operations

The U.S. Army’s has created an innovation unit to work on two projects seeking to implement automated technology to simplify battlefield technical operations and quicken budgeting activities, FCW reported Saturday. Gen. John Murray, head of the Army Futures Command, announced after a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing that the Army Applications Laboratory is developing capabilities that will enable warfighters to code on the field to fix communications systems.

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Army Evaluating Multidomain Task Force’s Potential Impact to Acquisition

Mark Esper, secretary of the U.S. Army and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said the service is still assessing how its multi-domain task force operations will affect procurement procedures during a recent Brookings Institute event, FCW reported Wednesday. Esper noted changes to the task force’s structure are possible but there is no definite schedule for the release of the Army’s updated Multidomain Operations Plan Strategy.

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Jim Enicks Named President of Akima’s Five Rivers Services; Bill Monet Quoted

Akima announced on Tuesday that Jim Enicks has been named the president of Five Rivers Services, one of Akima’s operating companies. Enicks will lead Five River Services in providing full-spectrum Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Information Management and training support services for the federal government. He’ll also oversee the relocation of the company’s headquarters to Tampa Bay, FL.

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