Tag Archives: directed energy

Army Inches Closer to Deploying Laser Prototypes for Strykers in FY 2022; Col. Scott McLeod Quoted

Stryker Combat Vehicle

The U.S. Army is close to deploying a platoon of four Stryker combat vehicles equipped with 50 kilowatt-class laser weapon prototypes in fiscal year 2022 after completing an assessment of the new directed-energy capability. Marcia Holmes, the service’s deputy director of hypersonics, directed energy, space and rapid acquisition. 

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Army Tests Combat Capability of Directed Energy Prototype; Director L. Neil Thurgood Quoted

Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood

The U.S. Army produced and tested its first combat-capable directed energy prototype after two years of development, creating what can potentially deter enemy rockets, artillery, mortars and drones. The Army said Tuesday its Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) sent a laser-armed Stryker vehicle to Fort Sill in Oklahoma this summer for the Combat Shoot-Off exercise. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Seeks to ‘Move at Speed’ Through Partnerships

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force, which was created in December 2019, is accelerating efforts to meet its near-term priorities. He said there has been a “critical elevation of capability” since the establishment of the Space Force. 

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Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey: JCO to Downselect Interceptor After Counter-Small UAS Tech Demo

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey

Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey, director of the U.S. Army’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO), said the service’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office and the U.S. Air Force will host a demonstration of counter-sUAS platforms in April at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and JCO will downselect a low-collateral effects interceptor that could be purchased by all services through a contract. 

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USSPACECOM’s Lt. Gen. John Shaw: JADC2 Must Also Cover Space Domain Integration

Lt. Gen. John Shaw

Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), said that it is crucial that Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) integration efforts also cover space operations. “In its most basic essence, JADC2 is about making sure that all operations and all domains can rapidly share information with one another; be part of some sort of common picture,” said Shaw.

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DOD Research & Engineering Heads Talk 5G Experiments, Laser Development, Quantum Computing Efforts

Cryptographic Module

Joseph Evans, a principal director at the Department of Defense (DOD), has said the department is continuing 5G prototyping efforts and that there are plenty of partnership opportunities for industry. 5G has transformational benefits in multiple areas such as internet of things (IoT), unmanned vehicles and sensors, according to Evans.

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

USAID Privacy Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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Dr. Mark Lewis, Michael Brown Discuss DoD Modernization Strategy

Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark Lewis, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) recently discussed the Department of Defense (DoD) modernization strategy, including the development and procurement of high priority systems. The Department's officials stated that artificial intelligence, directed energy, small satellites, hypersonics, 5G network and unmanned aerial systems have the potential to offer a competitive advantage.

 

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DoD Eyes Open Architecture Framework for Directed Energy Weapon Systems

Energy Weapons

The Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to deploy a modular open system architecture (MOSA) to support the operations of directed-energy weapons such as microwave systems and high-powered lasers. The DoD and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) are working on a draft MOSA strategy that will be available for feedback in the coming months

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