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Kathleen Hicks: DOD to Implement AI Acceleration Effort

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has unveiled an effort to accelerate the Department of Defense's (DOD) trust-building and implementation of artificial intelligence technology. The DOD AI and Data Acceleration initiative would execute exercises and implementation tests that aim to incrementally build the military's understanding of AI.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Requests Budget Centered on Tech Innovation

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the Pentagon's defense budget request features many experimentation projects across the service branches. Hicks said virtually at the recent Defense One Tech Summit that the Department of Defense wants to realize concepts in various areas such as data, artificial intelligence and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). 

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DOD Releases Memorandum on Responsible AI; Kathleen Hicks Quoted

Kathleen Hicks

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released a memorandum designed to promote the responsible use of artificial intelligence across the DOD. The memorandum lays out a governance structure, oversight approaches, warfighter trust-building and other efforts to implement responsible AI use in the department. The DOD must adopt an AI approach that is responsible, equitable, traceable, reliable and governable. 

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Senate Confirms Christine Wormuth for Army Secretary Role

Christine Wormuth

Christine Wormuth, who formerly served as the undersecretary of defense for policy, has been confirmed by the Senate to become the secretary of the U.S. Army. Wormuth ultimately received confirmation on Thursday, after being unconfirmed in the middle of her hearing with the Senate on Wednesday. President Biden nominated Wormuth for the role of Army secretary.

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Lloyd Austin: DOD Needs Boosted Focus on Modern Digital Tech

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. military needs to place emphasis on emerging technologies and strategies that make use of these assets. Gen. Austin, who placed third in this year's Wash100 Vote Standings, said at the Indo-Pacific Command's change of command ceremony that the modern era requires faster decision making.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD 2022 Budget Request to Focus on Software, Munitions

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient said the Pentagon's 2022 budget request will put more emphasis on munitions and software than large weapon systems. She said at the Aspen Security Forum that software and munitions create a critical difference in the military's capabilities. The budget submission is expected later this month.

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Joint All Domain Command and Control Strategy Nearly Finalized; Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall Quoted

Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy is nearly completed and will soon be on the secretary of defense Gen. Lloyd Austin’s office. Gen. Austin, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, will review the document and if he approves. DOD agencies and organizations will begin the next stages of the JADC2 rollout.

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Kathleen Hicks on Need to Prioritize Resilience of Military Facilities Against Climate Change’s Effects

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sally and took part in a video conference with other military leaders from other installations to highlight the need to develop resilience against the effects of climate change

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House Lawmakers Call for Greater Scrutiny of Requests for Forces Within DOD

Pentagon

House lawmakers have asked the Department of Defense (DOD) to reevaluate how it deploys military forces worldwide amid the increase in the approval of additional requests for forces by combatant commands. Reps. Rob Wittman, R-Va., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Jackie Speier (D-Calif., were among the signatories of the letter addressed to Gen. Austin and Hicks.

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