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

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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

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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

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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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GAO: DoD Should Initiate Steps to Better Understand Nature, Scope of Independent R&D Projects

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense perform annual reviews of independent research and development projects and determine whether to require contractors to provide additional data on IR&D projects for inclusion in its database to understand the scope and nature of such initiatives.

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Alion Wins Task Order to Support USAF ANT Development; Eric Wright Quoted

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The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has awarded Alion Science and Technology a 60-month, $20 million task order to provide Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Development, the company reported on Friday. Under the task order, Alion will research, assess, analyze and develop the ANT Center's research in autonomous and cooperative systems. 

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Mark Lewis: Microelectronics, 5G, Hypersonics Are DoD’s Top Three R&D Priorities

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is reshuffling its research-and-development priorities as it develops new roadmaps to advance future capabilities and Mark Lewis, director of research and engineering for modernization at DoD, said microelectronics is now the Pentagon’s top priority, National Defense reported Friday.

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Mark Lewis on Pentagon’s Zero Trust Approach to Microelectronics Procurement

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Mark Lewis, director of research and engineering for modernization at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD is shifting from the "trusted foundry" model toward a “zero trust” approach when it comes to procuring microelectronics due to risks of insider threats, DoD News reported Tuesday.

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Will Roper: Air Force, Boeing Deal on KC-46 Could Lead to Autonomous Aerial Refueling

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Will Roper, acquisition executive at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a deal between the service and Boeing to implement a final remote vision system design for the KC-46A Pegasus tanker could pave the way for autonomous aerial refueling of other aircraft, Defense News reported Wednesday.

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DIU Partners With Nontraditional Vendors Through OTAs; Mike Madsen Quoted

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The Defense Innovation Unit is teaming up with new commercial firms and accelerating the development of technology platforms for warfighters through the use of other transaction authority agreements authorized by Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, National Defense reported Tuesday.

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