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Gen. Joseph Dunford Plans Tabletop Exercises for Proposed Space Command

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he intends to arrange tabletop exercises in the fall of this year to help the Defense Department establish and explore the “war fighting attributes” of a new combatant command for space, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Dunford wrote a memo to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to address the latter’s concerns about U.S. Space Command’s acquisition responsibilities.

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Gen. John Hyten: Stratcom, SOCOM Depend on Intelligence, Data

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, has said Stratcom and Special Operations Command are both warfighting commands that rely on intelligence and information, DVIDS reported Monday. “If we don’t have intelligence information, all the capabilities [both commands have] are pretty much useless,” he said Monday at the 2018 Department of …

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James Geurts Assumes Navy Acquisition Chief Role

James Geurts, former acquisition executive at the U.S. Special Operations Command, has officially assumed the role of assistant U.S. Navy secretary for research, development and acquisition during a swearing-in ceremony, USNI News reported Tuesday. Geurts said in a statement that he looks forward to collaborating with civilian, military, industry and academic …

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Navy Nominees Thomas Modly, James Geurts Gain Senate Committee Approval

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nominations of Thomas Modly as undersecretary of the U.S. Navy and James Geurts as acquisition chief at the service branch, USNI News reported Thursday. Modly, a former Navy helicopter pilot, concurrently serves as managing director at PwC’s national security practice and global government defense …

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Army Searches for Drone Technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone Event

The U.S. Army and other military branches have scouted for drone and autonomous technology at the U.S. Special Operations Command‘s event which exhibited prototypes and demonstrations of drone, robotics and artificial intelligence technology. The Army said Thursday the ThunderDrone event began September at the SOCOM SOFWERX facility in Ybor City, Florida. Experts from …

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Maj. Gen. Scott Howell to Be Nominated SOCOM Vice Commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Howell, head of the Special Operations Joint Task Force and the NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan, will be nominated as vice commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The Defense Department said Wednesday President Donald Trump also endorsed Howell for promotion to the rank of lieutenant …

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USSOCOM, DoD Strategic Capabilities Office to Collaborate on Drone Tech Advancement Effort

The Special Operations Command has partnered with the Defense Department‘s Strategic Capabilities Office to establish an organization dedicated to the advancement of drone technologies, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. James Geurts, acquisition executive at USSOCOM, told National Defense Magazine that the DRONEWERX outfit will explore the use of artificial intelligence, commercial drone technology, machine learning …

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Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith Named Deputy Commander of Special Ops Joint Task Force-Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith, formerly director of force management and deployment at the U.S. Special Operations Command, has been appointed as deputy commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Friday. He will spearhead SOJTF-A in efforts to carry out counterinsurgency, security and counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan. Smith …

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