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Gen. Mark Milley: AI, Other Emerging Tech Needed to Deter Aggressors, Win Future Wars

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said artificial intelligence, hypersonics, 3D printing, unmanned systems, long-range precision fires and other emerging technologies could transform the conduct of warfare and are needed to win future wars in the event of deterrence failure.

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Adm. Michael Gilday: FY 2022 Budget Proposal Aligns With Navy’s Future Fleet Vision

Adm. Michael Gilday

Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, said he believes the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 supports the U.S. Navy’s plans for its future fleet design. Although the law requires the Navy to achieve a fleet of 355 ships, Gilday said the service can afford approximately 300 ships given its current budget.

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Gen. Mark Milley Testifies Before House Panel on FY 2022 Defense Budget Request

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget of $715 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks to strike a balance between future modernization and readiness. Milley said investments in such technologies are aligned with the Pentagon’s joint warfighting concept. 

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NATO Eyes 2023 Launch of Defense Tech Accelerator; David van Weel Quoted

David van Weel

NATO hopes to introduce a defense technology accelerator that will enable the alliance to work with academia, private sector and non-governmental organizations to expedite trans-Atlantic collaboration on emerging technologies. DIANA will build and oversee a network that will help startups advance growth initiatives and support the alliance’s technology needs through grant programs. 

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Michael White: Hypersonics Key to Ensuring US Battlefield Dominance

Michael White

Michael White, principal director for Hypersonics at the Office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (OUSD (R&E)), said the Department of Defense’s (DOD) modernization strategy considers hypersonics as one of the top priorities in order to ensure edge on the battlefield. White said the Pentagon came up with the Hypersonics Modernization Strategy to advance the development of hypersonic-based warfighting capabilities. 

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Navy’s Hypersonic System Research Proposal Wins DOD-Hosted Annual Competition; JihFen Lei Quoted

JihFen Lei

A hypersonics research proposal from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been selected by the Department of Defense (DOD) to receive a $45 million grant under the DOD"s Applied Research for Advancement (ARAP) of Science and Technology Priorities program. NCST's winning proposal will explore materials and approaches to boost the performance of hypersonic weapons.

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Air Force to Investigate Hypersonic ARRW Booster Vehicle Issues After Attempted Flight Test; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Hypersonic ARRW

The U.S. Air Force will investigate system defects following an incomplete launch sequence of a hypersonic booster weapon over the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of Oxnard, California. The flight test, intended to be the eighth assessment for the ARRW program, focused on evaluating the weapon’s aircraft release, performance and separation capacity.

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Sarah Armstrong: NSWC Crane Hypersonics Systems Engineering Field Activity Seeks to Link Research to Warfighter’s Needs

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong, director of the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) Systems Engineering Field Activity at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division, said her work involves looking for “similarities between program needs and ways to maximize investments.” She also cited the importance of communication in accelerating tech deployment and shed light on her work at NSWC Crane. 

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Air Force to Hold Flight Test for Lockheed-Made Boost-Glide Missile; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Hypersonic ARRW

The U.S. Air Force has scheduled to perform flight tests for a long-range hypersonic missile designed by Lockheed Martin under the service branch's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon prototyping program. The demonstration for the AGM-183A ARRW boost-glide missile is planned for the first week of March and is intended to provide the Air Force with an operational hypersonic weapon by 2022.

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DOD Unveils Plans for Hypersonics Modernization Through 2030’s

Hypersonic Weapons

The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a modernization strategy for hypersonics to update the nation’s strike missile arsenal. The strategy also entails deploying reusable hypersonic weapons for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as strike operations and space access. The DOD seeks to implement a reusable weapon by the early 2030's. 

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