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DTRA Unveils 3D Printing Tech for Organoid Systems

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Atala and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are teaming to create a tool to build interconnected organoids within the body, DVIDS reported Tuesday. The Integrated Organoid Testing System utilizes 3D printed bio-structures, microfluidic devices and human organ cells to try to develop organs with regenerative capacities.

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Maj. Gen. Christopher Bentley Named Next JIDO Director

Maj. Gen. Christopher Bentley, senior adviser to the Ministry of Defense for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, will succeed Lt. Gen. Michael Shields as director of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. The Defense Department said Friday the U.S. Army chief of staff announced the assignment of Bentley, who …

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DoD Splits Acquisition, Tech & Logistics Office Into 2 Orgs

The Defense Department on Thursday officially split the acquisition, technology and logistics office into two new units – defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and undersecretary for research and engineering – as part of reorganization, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a Wednesday memo the …

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DoD Names PNNL Policy Adviser Vayl Oxford as DTRA Director

Vayl Oxford, a national security executive policy adviser at the Energy Department‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will assume the director role at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday Secretary James Mattis also appointed Oxford to the Senior Executive Service in line with the assignment to head DTRA. Oxford most …

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Pentagon’s Anti-WMD Agency Changes Name & Joins DTRA

The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency has joined the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and rebranded to the name of Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization in accordance with the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. DTRA said Monday it has worked with JIDO on the transition since December 2015 to help both organizations support frontline …

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Army Demos Integrated Chemical & Biological Threat Detection System

The U.S. Army‘s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center has collaborated with various private technology developers and joint organizations to demonstrate an integrated system of unmanned vehicles and sensors designed to detect chemical and biological threats. ECBC showcased its Deep Purple unmanned aerial vehicle and Mobile Detection Assessment and Response System unmanned ground vehicle as part of the SK Challenge technology demonstration …

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Livermore Lab Scientists Aim to Develop Protective Clothing Based on Carbon Nanotube Membrane

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a carbon nanotube-based membrane designed to protect uniformed personnel from chemical and biological agents on the battlefield. A team of researchers led by Ngoc Bui evaluated the transport functionalities of carbon nanotube pores to design a breathable material, Livermore Lab said Wednesday. “We demonstrated …

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DoD Requests Additional Funds to Combat Islamic State Group’s Drones

The Defense Department has requested $20 million in funds from Congress to counter drone threats posed by the Islamic State organization in addition to the existing $189.7 million budget to combat hostile networks, Defense News reported Saturday. Jen Judson writes DoD would put the money into the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund to buy tools …

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