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DIU Selects Ball Aerospace to Develop Prototype Antenna for Navy Ships; Dr. Jake Sauer Quoted

Dr. Jake Sauer

Ball Aerospace has been selected by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to develop a prototype of a multi-band, low-observable satellite communications antenna for the U.S. Navy's stealth ships, the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers, the company reported on Tuesday.

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Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan: JAIC Needs Own Procurement Authority to Speed Up Contracting Process

Jack Shanahan

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes JAIC needs to have its own acquisition authorities within the next two years to expedite the process of awarding contracts and delivering AI tools across the military, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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Government, Industry Generate Insight to Bolster Space Industrial Base

Executives from both the public and private sectors attended a four-day virtual conference last week to discuss the U.S. space industry, Space News reported Monday. The State of the Space Industrial Base 2020 conference served as an avenue to tackle how the industry and U.S. space presence would thrive amid challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ellen Lord Issues Memo on Temporary Amendment to Delegation of Approval Authority for OTAs

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Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, issued a memo on April 5 to announce the changes made to the delegation of approval authority for the use of other transaction authorities for prototype agreements and follow-on production contracts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DIU Seeks to Raise Awareness on National Security Importance Amid COVID-19

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The Defense Innovation Unit wants to urge the importance of continuing national security support work amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Space News reported Wednesday. DIU wants local authorities to support ongoing activities of contractors and subcontractors in support of space technology development, one of the unit's focus areas.

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DIU to Host Another Computer Vision Contest

The Defense Innovation Unit plans to continue its annual prize challenge for computer vision technologies designed to support disaster relief missions, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The xView2 Challenge aims to use artificial intelligence and machine learning for automated assessments of post-disaster damage.

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