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Army Secretary Ramps Up 3D Printing

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A new policy orders organizations across the Army to embrace advanced manufacturing to “fundamentally change” both modernization and readiness.

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Air Force Pushes 3D Printing To Boost Readiness

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Air Force LCMC is working to ensure that far-flung depots eventually can print their own parts — with a recent first being Travis AFB’s using their brand, spanking new laser printer to print those toilet seat covers built of a new-fangled polymer from it’s own brand new printer. 

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Soft Robotics: The Road To Iron Man

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Iron Man-style powered armor has proven impractical. New flexible, wearable electronics offer an alternative path to help the infantry.

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NDAA 2020: SASC Emphasizes Tech Race With China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The senators’ draft of the annual defense bill puts a new emphasis on technological competition, including industrial policy moves to strengthen US companies.

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HAC Pumps Up NIST Research On Emerging Tech

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House Appropriators add millions of dollars to the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s work on AI, cybersecurity, quantum computing, 3D printing, and 5G telecommunications.

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Small Jets For Big Swarms: Kratos Buys Turbine Tech Company

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“These are engines that would fit on your tabletop,” said Kratos exec Stacey Rock. “We don’t want hundreds of ‘em, we want thousands [of drones] to overwhelm the threat.”

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Not Cutting F-35 Buy, But Depot Structure May Change: CSAF Goldfein

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Air Force does not plan to cut its planned purchase of 1,763 F-35As — in fact, it’s not even not considering doing so — but it is pushing hard to bring down the sustainment costs of Lockheed Martin‘s prize program, the Air Force Chief of Staff told reporters this morning. “We are all… Keep reading →

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Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful

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“My eyes are watering with what our young people can do right now,” the Assistant Commandant said. “They’re really smart and they’ve got a lot of really good ideas,” Commandant Neller said. “We would be well served to turn them loose.”

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Industrial Base Too ‘Brittle’ For Big War: Dunford

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Is the arsenal of democracy out of business? Probably not, but America’s “increasingly brittle industrial base” may not be able to sustain our forces in a protracted war, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, warned the Senate in a written statement this morning. It’s a problem a lot of people… Keep reading →

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Marines Test Killer Hovercraft, Wooden Glider & 3D Printers For The Battlefield

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


QUANTICO: A hovercraft that shoots salvoes of rockets. A speedboat that turns into a submarine. A mobile 3D printing factory. A big wooden box with wings (yes, really). And, of course, more drones than you can shake a stick at (because they swarm). These are just a few of the roughly 100 technologies the Marine… Keep reading →

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