Tag Archives: military readiness

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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Jacqueline Tame: JAIC Focuses on Projects in Logistics, Test and Evaluation Areas

Artificial Intelligence

Jacqueline Tame, acting deputy director for the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said JAIC is focusing on projects that will have the most potential impact on the military and its readiness and those areas include logistics and test and evaluation. JAIC and the Pentagon’s test and evaluation office are working together to build a test framework and further advance AI adoption.

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JAIC’s Stephanie Culberson on New JAIC Forum’s Role in Driving AI-Driven Readiness

AI Algorithms

Stephanie Culberson, head of international artificial intelligence policy at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said the center's new forum is meant to drive discussion on AI’s role in ensuring military readiness. The Partnership for Defense, which JAIC created late last year, is meant to provide an “open door” to allies in AI efforts.

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Trump May Opt for Emergency Declaration to Fund Border Wall

President Donald Trump has said he may pursue a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border should negotiations over spending fail, Federal Times reported Wednesday. “I think we might work a deal and if we don’t, I may go that route. I have the absolute right to do national emergency if I want,” he told reporters Wednesday at the White House.

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Gen. Stephen Wilson: Air Force Launches Efforts to Speed Up Procurement Process

Gen. Stephen ‘Seve’ Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff, told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has initiated efforts to accelerate the acquisition process in order to expedite the delivery of capabilities to warfighters. He noted that Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, came up with an idea to have the service sign 50 contracts in 50 hours in a move to speed up the procurement process.

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Eric Edelman, Gary Roughead Talk Defense Budget, Concept of Operations at Senate Panel Hearing

The co-chairmen of a commission that reviews the National Defense Strategy have said the lack of stable funding and concept of operations would make it difficult for the strategy to address the threats posed by China and Russia, USNI News reported Wednesday. Gary Roughead, a retired Navy admiral, and diplomat Eric Edelman of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy appeared Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the commission’s recommendations.

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Trade Group Warns Against Potential Defense Budget Cuts

The Aerospace Industries Association has urged Congress and President Donald Trump to ensure a “steady and stable growth” in defense budget for fiscal 2019 and beyond in order to counter threats posed by transnational terrorism, China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, Defense News reported Thursday. AIA said in its Thursday statement lawmakers and the administration have started to provide the Defense Department with additional budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to build up military readiness against multiple threats.

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