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DOD Agencies Use Machine Learning to Accommodate Complex Automation

Machine Learning

Two organizations within the Department of Defense (DOD) partnered to automate financial transactions via machine learning technology. The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) infused robotic process automation with machine learning to enable complex transaction tasks. These complex tasks include tracking unmatched or wrongly labeled transactions. 

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DIU Seeks New Access Security Tool for Commercial Engagements

DIU Artificial

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is interested in using commercial multifactor authentication to facilitate secure access to industrial systems not directly connected to U.S. military networks. DIU is in search of a tool that would verify identities on platforms not accessible via a military-issued common access card. DIU intends to this tool to securely collaborate with commercial partners.

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DOD’s Barbara McQuiston, Stefanie Tompkins on Prioritizing Partnerships to Drive Innovation

Technology Development

Barbara McQuiston, acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the Department of Defense (DoD) must “innovate at speed and scale” to retain leadership in emerging technologies. According to McQuiston, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has been making progress in keeping pace with industry on technology development. The agency currently has 189 companies under contract. 

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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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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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