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DoD Unveils Road Map to Boost Potential of Unmanned Systems

The Defense Department has published a roadmap that aims to guide military services and the DoD to integrate their goals for autonomous systems. The roadmap presented interoperability, autonomy, network security and human-machine collaboration as the four themes that can serve as the foundational areas of interest for accelerating the use of unmanned systems, according to a report obtained by USNI News on Thursday.

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Four Senators Approach 13 Agencies to Address Year-End Binge Spending

Four senators have asked the chief financial officers of 13 agencies to address their “use it or lose it” spending at the end of the fiscal year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said Wednesday Sen. Ron Johnson, Claire McCaskill, Rand Paul and Gary Peters expressed concerns that agencies may possibly spend more money at the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to previous years.

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David Norquist: DoD-Wide Audit Results Could Come in Fall

Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist has said the ongoing Defense Department-wide audit is part of National Defense Strategy implementation efforts and that he expects the results to be available by fall, DoD News reported Thursday. He told WGAN radio station in an interview the review will cover the Pentagon’s personnel, equipment and property investments. …

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Trump to Sign $717B Defense Policy Bill at Fort Drum

President Trump will sign the Congress-approved $717 billion defense policy bill for 2019 at Fort Drum in New York, Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. Last week, House and Senate lawmakers finalized the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions to prohibit the government from using technologies from Chinese telecommunication firms and …

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Chris Shank to Head DoD Strategic Capabilities Office

Chris Shank, former senior adviser to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has joined the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office as its new director, Defense News reported Friday. Shank will lead the SCO and its efforts to explore and develop strategies to counter emerging threats across various domains. He …

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