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Marine Corps Considering Autonomous Tech for K-Max Cargo Delivery Helicopters

The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to update its Kaman K-Max helicopters to incorporate autonomous capabilities intended to support experimental cargo delivery operations, Flight Global said Thursday. Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month that the service branch plans to modernize its two K-Max aircraft as part of its K-Max autonomy research effort and Marine Air Ground Task Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities program.

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James Murray Appointed Secret Service Director

James Murray, assistant director of the office of protective operations at the U.S. Secret Service, was named director of the federal law enforcement agency. The move will take effect in May. He will succeed Randolph “Tex” Alles, a retired Marine Corps major general who took the helm of the agency in April 2017, the Secret Service said in a statement released Monday.

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Capt. Eric Bach: Navy Should Partner With Defense Logistics Agency to Advance EABO Strategy

Military service planners and senior leaders from the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support spoke about future sustainment platforms to support service strategies during a panel discussion held on March 21 in Philadelphia, DLA reported Monday. Capt. Eric Bach from the office of the chief of naval operations logistics analytics branch cited the role of partnerships with DLA and other defense agencies is advancing the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept.

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Lt. Gen. David Berger Nominated for USMC Commandant Post

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. David Berger for the U.S. Marine Corps commandant position. The nomination also includes Berger’s potential promotion to general. Berger serves as USMC's deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of the service branch's Combat Development Command, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Marine Corps Lead Says Service Lacks Ships to Operate During War

Lt. Gen. David Berger, head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the service branch needs new amphibious ships to support future war at sea, Military.com reported Wednesday. Berger, recently tapped to be the next commandant of the Marine Corps, said at a recent meeting in Congress that the service lacks the vital ships needed for large operations.

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USMC Tests New Grenade Launcher for Future Implementation

The U.S. Marine Corps intends to implement a new grenade launcher to support long-range and short-range infantry engagements and performed tests to evaluate the weapon's technical characteristics. The M320A1 weapon is geared for standalone and rifle-mounted use during day and night operations, the service branch said Friday.

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James Mattis Named Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution

James Mattis, former secretary of the Department of Defense and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has been named Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, effective May 1. Mattis plans to focus his research on domestic and international security policy and participate in military and national security-related programs and events at Hoover sites in California and Washington, D.C., the institution said Tuesday.

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Marines Enhance Forensics Tool for Law Enforcement Recognition

The U.S. Marine Corps began efforts to enhance an existing identification technology employed by law enforcement battalions. The Expeditionary Forensics Exploitation Capability is a portable toolset designed to help law enforcement troops gather, analyze and store data associated with friend or foe identification, USMC Systems Command said Tuesday.

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Marine Corps Seeks MUX Drone Funding for FY20

The U.S. Marine Corps is requesting $21.6 million to acquire MUX sea drones for fiscal year 2020, Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday. Capt. Christopher Harrison, a spokesman for the service branch, noted that the funding will support technical concept maturation and experimentation efforts for the amphibious ship-launched drones ahead of an operational capability certification in FY26.

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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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