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Report: Jim Faist, Milan Nikolich Named Directors at DoD’s Research & Engineering Org

The Defense Department has appointed government industry veterans Jim Faist and Milan "Mitch" Nikolich as directors within the newly created research and engineering division, Inside Defense reported Thursday. Faist will oversee hypersonics, autonomy, space and networked command, control and communications areas as director of defense research and engineering for capabilities, a DoD spokeswoman told the publication.

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Michael Brown Appointed Defense Innovation Unit Lead; Mike Griffin Quoted

Michael Brown, former Symantec CEO, has been named managing director of the Defense Innovation Unit. “Mike’s extensive Silicon Valley career speaks for itself, as he has experience in both hardware from his time at Quantum, as well as software at Symantec,” Mike Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said in a statement published Monday.

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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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Army Eyes Reduced Logistics Tail in Multi-Domain Battle

The U.S. Army is developing a strategy to reduce the logistics tails of the service branch’s  units in multi-domain combat operations, Defense News reported Monday. The Demand Reduction strategy is meant to address the Army’s mission to operate in smaller, more dispersed units while providing required water, fuel, power and equipment to warfighters, according …

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DoD Officials Cite Threats Against US Military Operational Dominance at Senate Subcommittee Hearing

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has said the U.S. military’s superiority over potential competitors is beginning to wane due to adversaries’ level of investment and efforts to close the operational and technical gap, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Work testified before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday alongside William Roper, director of …

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NASA Develops Folding Robot for Rugged Terrains

NASA has developed an origami-inspired robot designed to fold itself and explore rugged areas deemed “too risky” for rovers. The agency said Tuesday the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot has been tested in various terrains such as the Mojave Desert in California, a ski resort in Colorado and an active volcano in Antartica. The …

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Gregory Zacharias: Air Force Seeks to Integrate AI Functions With F-35s

Gregory Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch has begun efforts to incorporate artificial intelligence functions into F-35s and other fighter aircraft in order to facilitate manned-unmanned teaming operations and integrate autonomous capabilities, Defense Systems reported Friday. “We are working on making platforms more autonomous with multi-infusion …

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Marcel Lettre: Infrastructure Security Risks Warrant National Response

Marcel Lettre, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has said the Defense Department pursues artificial intelligence, autonomy, automation, deep machine learning and human-machine teaming in efforts to drive cyber innovation, DoD News reported Saturday. Jim Garamone writes Lettre told the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that innovation plays a significant role in the military’s strategy and …

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