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Army Sets New Plans to Boost Air and Missile Defense

The U.S.Army issued a new roadmap outlining plans to modernize its air-and-missile defense through 2028 to deter emerging weapons of adversaries, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The roadmap focuses on the development of air-and-missile defense technologies, new capabilities for multi-domain operations, training of forces and maintaining forward presence and partnerships. 

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Senate Panel OKs Funding for Pentagon’s Space-Based Sensor Layer

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon's proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earth’s orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday. Funding for the project was added to the panel’s version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation. 

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Army Secretary Mark Esper Urges Allies to Invest in Modern Warfare Tech

Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said the U.S. is asking allies to boost investments in new defense-applied technologies including hypersonics, directed energy and artificial intelligence, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. He said these new technologies are needed to deter China and Russia from being on top of the power competition.

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New DoD Website Provides Technology R&D Updates

The Department of Defense has opened a new website to inform citizens and partners on the latest U.S. military research, development and technology updates. The new chief technologist website intends to extend DoD technology awareness across a wider range of communities, Lisa Porter, deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said in a statement posted Wednesday.

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Air Force Taps Academia to Expand Hypersonic Testing Facilities

The U.S. Air Force is partnering with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to expand its testing facilities for future hypersonic technologies, Military.com reported Tuesday. Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said the universities will build “quiet wind tunnels” to reduce free stream disturbances and for more accurate aerothermodynamics predictions.

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Defense to Name Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Defense will appoint an assistant director to facilitate the application of artificial intelligence capabilities to directed energy systems, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Michael Griffin, the department undersecretary of research and engineering, created the assistant director for AI in 2017 along with other positions that are focused on specific technology areas including hypersonics and directed energy.
 

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Steven Walker: DARPA Developing Cyber Deterrence, Hypersonics, AI Programs

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussed some of DARPA’s programs at the Defense Programs Conference, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday. Walker said some of the capabilities that DARPA works on to defend the country from existential threats and near-peer adversaries include cyber deterrence, tactical-boost guide program and hypersonic weapons. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD’s FY 2020 Spending Plan a ‘Requirement-Informed Budget’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday. Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD's FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats.

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DoD Eyes $104B Budget for R&D in FY20

The Pentagon plans to request $104B in funding for research and development in fiscal year 2020, $9B higher than what Congress appropriated for 2019, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The latest request would be the largest amount for research and development in the department's history, officials said.

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Patrick Shanahan: Pentagon to Advance Efforts in Missiles, Cyber, Space Areas in 2019

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Pentagon plans to focus its 2019 national strategy on cyber, missiles and space areas in order to maintain the country’s military advantage. Shanahan wrote in a Defense News article published Monday that the Department of Defense will leverage developments in missile defense systems, hypersonics and long-range precision fires in 2019 to protect U.S. and international assets from adversary missiles.

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