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Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley on DIA’s Top Three Priorities to Improve Intelligence Gathering

Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said DIA has three priorities to improve intelligence-gathering efforts. One is to ensure the resiliency, reliability and security of its Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System, the Department of Defense website reported Monday.

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GAO: Army Needs to Assess Risks in Multi-Domain Reorganization Plan

The Government Accountability Office found through a study that the U.S. Army lacks personnel and risk assessments for new cyber and electronic warfare units intended to deter foreign threats. The Army intends to accelerate the activation of these units that sometimes initiate without cyber training and equipment modernization, GAO said Thursday.

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MDA Chief Vice Adm. Jon Hill on Moving THAAD Missile Defense System to Army

Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said he's not in favor of a plan to transition the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to the U.S. Army, Defense News reported Wednesday. “Why would we hand that off to the Army or Air Force, that sort of transfer to a service where it won’t be prioritized?"

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Army Launching Efforts to Develop Marine Corps’ Autonomous Ground Vehicle

The U.S. Army is looking to develop a robotic combat vehicle originally developed for the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The Army plans to update the Marine Corps’ expeditionary modular autonomous vehicle and produce light, medium and heavy versions of the platform. 

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Army’s AI Task Force Focusing on Next-Gen Mgmt Systems, Partnerships

The U.S. Army’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force is working on new projects such as predictive maintenance capabilities for helicopters and an AI application that will assist officials in talent management. The Army said Tuesday that its AI Task Force was created last year as part of a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the Army Futures Command.

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Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood: Army Close to Awarding Hypersonic Missile Launcher, Glide Body Dev’t Contracts

The U.S. Army plans to award two contracts for the development of a launching system and a glide body for its hypersonic missile in the coming weeks, Defense News reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, director of the service’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, said the first contract will require the awardee to design and integrate a vertical launcher onto a trailer. 

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Report: Lt. Gen. James Dickinson Nominated for Space Command Deputy Post

Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command, has been nominated to serve as deputy commander of U.S. Space Command, Defense News reported Tuesday. Dickinson, who also serves as commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, will serve as deputy to Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond if confirmed. 

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Gen. Joseph Martin on Army Futures Command, Military Readiness

Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, told Defense News in an interview published Monday that he believes the service branch is on the right path when it comes to building up military readiness. “And because we’ve had consistent funding over time, we’ve been able to continue to execute our training strategy, which, again, includes home-station training, capstone exercises at combat training centers, maintaining proficiency so that we can meet combatant commanders’ needs,” Martin said.

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