Tag Archives: Defense Department

DoD’s FY 2020 Appropriated Funds for Military Intelligence Program Hit $23.1B

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that the total budget allocated for the Military Intelligence Program reached $23.1 billion in fiscal year 2020. DoD said Wednesday that the topline MIP budget for FY 2020 included base appropriations and overseas contingency operations funds in support of the National Defense Strategy.

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DoD Awards $87M to Create BioMADE as New Manufacturing Innovation Institute; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) will provide $87 million in funds over seven years to establish the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem as a new manufacturing innovation institute. BioMADE, which was formed by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, will be based at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and will work with public and private organizations to develop bioindustrial manufacturing tech platforms.

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Dr. Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

Autonomy

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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Serena Chan: DISA to Test Enterprise Identity Mgmt Tech Prototype With Pilot Apps in January

Serena Chan

Serena Chan, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) cyber development directorate, said DISA plans to begin testing in January 2021 its enterprise identity, credential and access management prototype with a subset of 13 applications from several Department of Defense components. The ICAM prototype is set to achieve initial operational capability in late December 2020. 

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DoD, NSA Launch Cyber Workforce Dev’t, Diversity Program

NCSC Insider Threat

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with the National Security Agency (NSA) to launch a workforce training program aimed at promoting cybersecurity skills development to help close the nation’s cyber talent gap. CEDI participants will have access to DoD and NSA-sponsored cybersecurity programs, certified instructors, educational resources and internships with partner businesses.

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DoD’s Undersecretary for Policy Gets New Information Responsibility

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted the undersecretary of defense for policy a new responsibility over information operations, as required by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The undersecretary will concurrently serve as the DoD's principal information operations adviser, an executive who will help the secretary of defense make informed decisions on information operations.

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DoD Puts up New Hypersonics Engineering Office at NSWC Crane; Mark Lewis Quoted

Mark Lewis

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stood up an Indiana-based office that would support collaborative engineering for hypersonic system development. The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office's Systems Engineering Field Activity will operate from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, to help DoD better access NSWC-linked experts from government, commercial and academic sectors.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Dr. Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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DoD to Test-Fly 5th Gen Target Drone This Month; Michael Crisp Quoted

5GAT Target

The Department of Defense (DoD) has planned to perform the maiden test flight of a new aerial target drone in late Oct. 2020 after the department completed ground-based tests. The initial flight of the Fifth Generation Aerial Target will take place at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, following ground test completion in the middle of Sept. 2020 at Michael Army Airfield.

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