Tag Archives: research and development

NAVWAR Awards $104M in OTA Production Contracts for Warfare Tech Transition Effort

OTA Production

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NIWC) has awarded other transaction authority production (OTP) contracts worth $104 million combined to transition three prototype technologies under the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). “This process provides a unique opportunity to leverage an OTA to not only rapidly prototype," said Don Sallee, acquisition planning services manager at NIWC Atlantic.

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted

Autonomy

A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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DOE Allots Funds to Help NIST Bolster Energy, Maritime Cybersecurity; Sean Plankey Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy has agreed to invest $3 million in research and development of tools and methods that support energy and maritime cybersecurity. DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bolster cybersecurity in maritime transportation and energy grids.

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NNSA Unveils Centers of Excellence for Exascale Computing-Based Nuclear Stockpile Research; Mark Anderson Quoted

Nuclear Stockpile

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen nine universities that will serve as centers of excellence for nuclear stockpile research and development efforts driven by simulation and exascale computing technologies. The universities will serve as Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) III Centers and work to drive research into weapons stockpile management in line with NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) initiative. 

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JAIC, DIU Partner With Industry to Prototype RPA-Driven Transaction Mgmt Concepts; Jeff Klugman Quoted

RPA-Driven Transactions

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to select commercial partners that can integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning into the Department of Defense’s transaction management procedures. JAIC said Thursday the two DoD entities selected contractors such as Summit2Sea and Vertosoft for the Humanless Unmatched Transactions (HUnT) effort. 

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Intel Federal Wins DoD Contract Under SHIP Program; Jim Brinker Quoted

Jim Brinker

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Intel Federal the second phase of its State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integration Prototype (SHIP) program that will enable federal agencies to access Intel’s state-of-the-art semiconductor packaging capabilities in Arizona and Oregon. The federal government will gain access to capabilities created by Intel’s annual research and development (R&D) and manufacturing investment.

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US, UK Sign Declaration on Joint AI R&D Initiatives

AI Integration

The U.S. has entered into an agreement with the U.K. to launch a joint effort aimed at driving artificial intelligence-focused research and development, technology adoption and public-private partnerships. The declaration was signed by Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, and U.K. secretaries of state Alok Sharma and Oliver Dowden.

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NASA Publishes Economic Impact Report; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has published the results of its agency wide economic impact report, showing that the agency has generated more than $64.3 billion in total economic output during fiscal year 2019, supported more than 312,000 jobs nationwide and generated an estimated $7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes throughout the nation. 

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CIA Labs Launched to Conduct National Intelligence R&D

CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has inaugurated a new laboratory dedicated to performing research and development for national intelligence. CIA Labs will host in-house science and technology R&D and collaborate with other federal laboratories, industry and academia for various scientific pursuits, the agency said Monday.

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Army to Open PNT Tech Dev’t Hub in October

Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Army plans to open a technology development hub for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) capabilities next month to support the service branch’s efforts to reduce dependency on GPS technologies. The Army’s PNT Modernization Office, which contains an Open Innovation Lab (OIL) will be located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and slated to open on Oct. 8th. 

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