Tag Archives: hypersonics

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

Defense Industrial Base

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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USAF Demonstrates B-1B Aircraft’s Expanded Weapons Carriage

B-1B Lancer

A B-1B Lancer aircraft carried a joint air-to-surface standoff missile with an external pylon at Edwards Air Force Base to demonstrate expanded carriage. The aircraft demonstrated performance that may serve as stepping stones to carrying hypersonic weapons in the future. The flight demonstration followed multiple ground tests including one that featured a modified internal bomb bay.

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SPA Wins SAIC Subcontract to Support US Navy Advanced Hypersonic Technologies; Dr. William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been awarded a subcontract on Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) five-year, $63.5 million prime contract to support the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Hypersonic Technologies. The U.S. Navy will develop Advanced Hypersonic Technologies through the Global Deterrence and Defense Department (Code GX) at the NSWC in Crane, Indiana.

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DoD Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, NSWC Crane Partner to Accelerate Weapons Deployment; Gillian Bussey Quoted

Weapons Deployment

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division has partnered with a Department of Defense (DoD) technology transition office to speed up the fielding of hypersonic weapons. JHTO is working to identify contract requirements from the start to help improve the transition of technologies like the Lockheed Martin-developed air-launched rapid response weapon.

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Ellen Lord: Acquisition Policy Rewrite Could Help DoD Address Sustainment Concerns With Hypersonics

Ellen Lord

The Department of Defense has updated its acquisition policy to help speed up the delivery of hypersonic weapons to warfighters. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed how the 5000 series rewrite could help address sustainment concerns for such weapons systems, DoD News reported Friday.

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DoD Tasks Texas A&M University to Manage Hypersonics Consortium Under $100M Award; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a five-year, $100 million award to Texas A&M University for the creation and management of an applied hypersonics consortium. The University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics will serve as an avenue for hypersonics research, development and transition in support of DoD, NASA and other government agencies, DoD said Monday.

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Gen. James McConville: Army Building Software Factory to Advance AI, Machine Learning Capabilities

Gen. James McConville

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has two initiatives going on to advance the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning. To register for ArchIntel’s AI in Competitive Intelligence Virtual Event, as well as view upcoming opportunities, visit ArchIntel’s Event Page.

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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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GAO: DoD Should Initiate Steps to Better Understand Nature, Scope of Independent R&D Projects

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense perform annual reviews of independent research and development projects and determine whether to require contractors to provide additional data on IR&D projects for inclusion in its database to understand the scope and nature of such initiatives.

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Air Force Eyes Hypersonic Modifications to ICBM Arsenal; Lt. Col. Robert Carver Quoted

ICBM

The U.S. Air Force is planning to update its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) to include elements such as thermal protection systems to support hypersonic speeds. The Air Force previously announced its intent to award the GBSD contract to Northrop Grumman.

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