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Texas A&M System to Develop $130M Testing Center for Army Futures Command

The Texas A&M University System has unveiled a $130M plan to build a new technology development and testing center for the U.S. Army at its RELLIS campus in Bryan, The Eagle reported Friday. The university is spending $50M for the development of laboratories, accelerator space and office space for the Army Futures Command at the campus and another $30M for infrastructure improvements to support the new facility. 

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Mark Esper: Army Seeking Modernization Funding to Achieve Readiness by FY 2022

Mark Esper, Secretary of the U.S. Army, said in an interview the service branch wants to allocate significant funding into science and technology efforts to reach its readiness goals by fiscal year 2022, Defense News reported Tuesday. He noted that the Army is making progress with 31 programs under the established Futures Command in line with the service’s modernization strategy developed in 2018.

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GAO Opposes New Army Plans to Speed Up Tech Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has raised concerns about the U.S. Army’s plans to change how it develops and deploys new weapons systems following the establishment of the Army Futures Command. In a report released Wednesday, GAO said the service branch intends to skip field tests to immediately move new technologies into weapons systems.

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Army CIO Reveals Plans to Continue Military IT Modernization in 2019

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, said the service will continue to focus on cloud migration, workforce development and data security in its information technology modernization efforts in 2019, C4ISRNet reported Sunday. The Air Force has been updating its tactical network over the past 18 months, according to the CIO. 

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NASA Wraps Up Last Evaluation for Orion Parachute System

NASA has completed the eighth and final test for the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

Orion parachute engineers deployed and assessed the system during normal and failed landing scenarios and various aerodynamic conditions to check if the technology can protect astronauts when they return to Earth from deep space missions, NASA said Thursday.

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