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No Regrets On JEDI Cloud: DDS Chief Chris Lynch

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The famously hoodie-clad founder of the Defense Digital Service defends his legacy as he prepares to hand over the helm.

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Pratt & Whitney Enters Incubator Biz To Slash Development Time in Half

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As the Pentagon and the defense industry rush to keep up with the shift to great power competition and the fight for tech workers rushing for Silicon Valley, the idea of technology incubators is catching fire.

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Pentagon’s Big AI Program, Maven, Already Hunts Data in Middle East, Africa

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Project Maven has made huge strides in its first year, but the key is remaining open to updates from whoever has the best idea for new algorithms, and new code, a military leader says.

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Lawmakers Push Pentagon on Reforms, AI, New Missiles

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The push from Capitol Hill follows a year of the Pentagon promising to do more, and do it quickly, when it comes to developing and buying next-generation technologies.

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Clash of Strategies: Capability Or Capacity, Today Or Tomorrow?

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As the Pentagon finishes its strategic review, the stage is set for another struggle over whether to ready for a high-end war with Russia or China or just manage the current, much lower intensity battles around the world. In military terms it’s a choice between capability and capacity. The outcome will shape the four services… Keep reading →

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Hack Us, Please: Air Force Pays $130K In ‘Bug Bounties’ Under Obama Program

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A project called Hack the Air Force is paying “white hat” hackers over $130,000 for finding weak points in its websites, the service announced this morning. It’s the Defense Department’s third “bug bounty” – a high-profile initiative of Obama’s last Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter, that’s survived under Trump. [CORRECTED FIGURES} Hack the Pentagon  found 138 unique,… Keep reading →

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VCJCS Selva Says US Must Not Let Robots Decide Who Dies; Supports LRSO

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WASHINGTON: Admitting there’s a “raucous debate” in the US military about whether humans should allow robots to decide when to pull the trigger, the nation’s Nr. 2 uniformed officer told the Senate today that he doesn’t “think it’s reasonable to put robots in charge of whether we take a human life.” Gen. Paul Selva, the… Keep reading →

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Mattis Puts Readiness First, Modernization Later In Budget

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WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has laid out a measured and cautious spending plan that puts near-term readiness needs first in his first budget guidance memo. The memo, out this morning, largely defers major equipment modernization until 2019 and limits increases in the size of the force to “the maximum responsible rate” (emphasis ours). So,… Keep reading →

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Fix Readiness First, Shipbuilding Second: Navy To Trump

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Sure, the Navy needs more ships, but first and most urgently, it needs to fix the ships it already has. That’s what Navy leaders are telling Donald Trump. “When the transition team came around to all of us in the building and asked us what we could do with more money right now, the… Keep reading →

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2017 Forecast: Air Force Faces Intense Trump Scrutiny

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ARLINGTON: The Air Force got blasted from Donald Trump’s bully pulpit before the President-Elect was even inaugurated. It looks like 2017 — the youngest service’s 70th year — will be full of presidential turbulence. [We rolled out our crystal balls for our 2017 forecast. Click to read the whole series.] Outgoing Air Force Secretary Deborah… Keep reading →

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