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DIU’s Michael Brown: Federal Government Must Accelerate R&D Funding to Retain Military Leadership

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the federal government must bolster investments in research and development to keep pace with industry as well as adversaries like China. Brown said at a National Defense Industrial Association event that the private sector has “moved ahead quite dramatically” in technological development and that DIU is partnering with nontraditional contractors to help achieve military dominance.

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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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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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Steve Butow: U.S. Military Eyes New Space Architecture to Facilitate Emerging Tech Integration

Steve Butow

Steve Butow, director of the space portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the U.S. military is now looking to migrate to a new space architecture that could allow the government to incorporate emerging technologies and use commoditized satellite buses and related components to build modular systems, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

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Deputy DOD Secretary Nominee Kathleen Hicks on Plans for JAIC’s AI Implementation Efforts

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, President Biden's nominee for deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD), outlined her plans for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) during her confirmation hearing this week. JAIC will fall under Hicks’ oversight if she receives Senate confirmation for the deputy secretary role. Hicks holds memberships at the Aerospace Corp.’s board of trustees and the U.S. Naval institute’s board of directors.

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Michael Brown Offers Update on Defense Innovation Unit’s Tech Projects

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), told Defense News in an interview published Monday about technology projects DIU plans to transition into service in the near term and those include work on predictive maintenance and time indications and warning. Brown discussed the organization’s efforts to improve its transition rate for tech projects. 

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Victoria Coleman: DARPA Eyes Tech Incubator, ‘Storefront’ to Connect With Innovative Startups

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said DARPA wants to establish a storefront and considers launching a tech accelerator to connect with new companies with innovative technologies. For the storefront, Coleman said she wants it to be a “very casual, informal kind of space” where “people can begin to understand better what our work is, what the opportunities are for them for working with us.”

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Col. Samuel Edwards: Army Eyes AI-Based Cloud Platform for Managing sUAS Operations

Col. Samuel Edwards

Col. Samuel Edwards, director of the U.S. Army’s Robotics Requirements Division, said the service is relying on cloud and artificial intelligence to support a network envisioned to manage small-drone operations. The cloud-based URCA will have edge-level computing elements and feature an open-architecture framework to “bring in any capacity that we need,” Edwards noted.

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Michael Brown: DIU Now Focuses on Drone Swarming Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said at a recent AFWERX event that his organization has been working to study drone swarming technologies. He said autonomous drone swarming is something the military has to be concerned about as a result of the technology's potentially dangerous uses by terrorists.

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Air Force, DIU Plan 2021 Rollout for Immersive Aircraft Training System

Virtual Training System

The U.S. Air Force plans to roll out an artificial intelligence-driven virtual training system for remote pilot exercises in 2021. The Air Force and DIU partnered with Google to provide a cloud platform for hosting JTS immersive training devices and storing performance data. CAE, Discovery Machine and Vertex will also work with USAF and DIU to develop JTS.

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