Tag Archives: autonomy

Noblis Launches Noblis MSD Following McKean Defense Acquisition; CEO Amr ElSawy Quoted

Amr ElSawy

Noblis announced on Wednesday that the company has launched Noblis MSD, a new rebranded subsidiary made up of the recently acquired McKean Defense Group and Cabrillo Technologies, to deliver solutions that drive new levels of scale, agility, efficiency and innovation for the defense clients. Noblis MSD will focus on supporting the unique needs of its defense clients. 

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Navy Advances AI Development; Brett Vaughan Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Navy is advancing the development of artificial intelligence applications to support warfighting, readiness, sustainment and other functions. Brett Vaughan, the Navy’s chief AI officer and portfolio manager at the Office of Naval Research, discussed how AI could help the service in areas such as decision-making and autonomy with unmanned platforms.

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DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution Program Prepares for Phase 2 Subscale Live Flights; Col. Dan Javorsek Quoted

Col. Dan Javorsek

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is halfway through the first phase of a program that conducts human-machine collaborative dogfighting to advance the development of a scalable, trusted artificial intelligence-driven autonomy for air combat. DARPA said Thursday that the Air Combat Evolution program has made several achievements including live flights of an L-29 jet trainer. 

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DIU’s Michael Brown: DOD Needs Spending Flexibility to Remain Ahead on Emerging Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has said the Department of Defense needs shorter budget cycles to keep up with China. Brown said at a Hudson Institute event that China’s development systems enable the nation to accelerate efforts in areas like 5G, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and autonomy. 

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Naval Sea Systems Command Holds First Virtual Small Business Forum

NAVSEA

Naval Sea Systems Command held a virtual forum to discuss programs that fund the research, development and transition of technologies made in partnership with small businesses. The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Transition online event ran from Jan. 27 to 28, marking the forum's first virtual rendition.

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Researchers Offer Human-Robot Teaming Recommendations to Help Inform Army R&D

Human-Robot Teaming

A new report that built on a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University of Maryland provides 31 recommendations on enabling spoken language interaction between soldiers and robots to help the U.S. Army pursue modernization in the areas of artificial intelligence and autonomy. The Next Generation Combat Vehicle is one of the Army programs expected to benefit from the report guidelines.

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Orolia Wins Airbus Contract to Deliver NextGen ELT-DT; Jean-Yves Courtois Quoted

Orolia

Orolia has been awarded a single source, multi-year program contract to deliver its next-generation Emergency Locator Transmitter, Distress Tracking type (ELT-DT) for all Airbus aircraft programs. Orolia’s Ultima-DT is based on the company’s Kannad technology. "We are extremely proud to be selected by Airbus to provide the world’s first aircraft manufacturer compliance with the latest safety regulations,” Orolia CEO Jean-Yves Courtois said.

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USSOCOM Looks to Expand Autonomous Capabilities for ISR Missions; Col. Joel Babbitt Quoted

Autonomous Capabilities

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is working to integrate autonomous technologies and artificial intelligence concepts into its unmanned systems to enable missions in inoperable environments. The U.S. Army and Navy are also working to integrate autonomy in their respective combat vehicles and undersea platforms, according to the publication.

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Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Acquisition Approach, Joint Warfighting Initiative

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), told National Defense in an interview published Monday that JAIC has partnerships with two contracting vehicle organizations and that Congress is working on a bill to provide the center direct acquisition authority. Register here to attend ArchIntel’s first virtual event: AI in Competitive Intelligence Forum.

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Will Roper Eyes Autonomous Capabilities for Air Force’s Future Tankers

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a redesign of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft’s remote vision system is driving the service to plan for the possible integration of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities into its next tanker, the Military website reported Thursday.

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