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DoD Units, Universities Test Air Platforms in GPS-Denied Environment

A group of Defense Department organizations and U.S. universities has tested various aircraft in an environment where global positioning system signal is degraded. The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday the week-long demonstration dubbed Developmental Test Navigation Festival was carried out in Edwards Air Force Base, California to evaluate aerial system performance in …

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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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Report: Anti-IS Group Air Warfare Spending Reaches $11B

The U.S. Defense Department has spent a total of $10.72 billion on the air campaign against the Islamic State militant group since operations started in June 2014, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Oriana Pawlyk writes DoD’s latest figures indicate total spending on Operation Inherent Resolve has almost doubled from the $5.5 billion reported in 2015. The …

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Pentagon Officials Recognize DoD Staff, Military Organizations at Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, recognized several Defense Department personnel and military organizations during the Defense Acquisition Workforce awards held Thursday in Virginia, DoD News reported Thursday. Amaani Lyle writes Kendall discussed at the event DoD’s efforts to develop data-driven procurement policies as part of the Better …

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Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman Nominated Special Operations Command Deputy Leader

President Barack Obama has nominated Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command commander, for a new assignment as deputy commander at U.S. Special Operations Command  for a promotion to the lieutenant general rank and an The Defense Department said Tuesday Obama also designated Osterman for a promotion in rank to lieutenant general. …

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Defense Secretary Nominates Marshall Webb for Air Force Special Operations Command Commander

Lt. Gen Mashall Webb, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Headquarters, has been nominated to lead the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Florida. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has nominated the 30-year veteran command pilot as commander of the special operations command, Defense Department said Wednesday. Webb …

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Defense One: Gen. Joseph Votel the Lead Candidate for Top CENTCOM Post

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Special Operations Command, has surfaced as the White House’s top choice to succeed Gen. Lloyd Austin as head of U.S. Central Command, Defense One reported Thursday. Kevin Baron writes Votel became SOCOM’s commander in August 2014 after he led the Joint Special Operations Command and its counterterrorism missions …

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