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SMC Offers To Help Speed Deals For SDA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Space & Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium has been so successful at providing competitive prototypes, fast, that SMC wants to expand its scope dramatically.

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Army Seeks AI, Robotics For Grunts

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Innovators! You have until Aug. 23 to submit white papers on how to make the future infantry squad “10 times more effective.”

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Tell Joint AI Center Your Cyber Defense Idea — In 99 Words Or Less

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And make it snappy: The deadline is July 26th.

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Roper Calls For New Air Force Planes Every Five Years; Recalls X Plane Days

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PARIS AIR SHOW: During an unusual public appearance in the US Chalet, Will Roper called for a large expansion in the number of companies doing business with the Air Force so more new planes can be built — and be built much more quickly as was done in the 1950s and ’60s when a new… Keep reading →

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NDAA 2020: SASC Emphasizes Tech Race With China

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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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SOCOM Pivots Toward Great Power Competition

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The Pentagon’s new Special Ops leader is looking to the defense industry for help in meeting peer adversaries, but he also has a bone to pick.

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BAE Makes Big Bet On Small Companies: FAST Labs

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“This is not based on ownership. We leave them their freedom.”

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“You Have To Be Willing To Bleed A Little Bit”: Roper On Innovation

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BOSTON: “It’s like running through a briar patch naked,” Will Roper said of trying to bring start-up companies into the service’s contracting model to keep apace of commercial innovation. “You have to be willing to bleed a little bit,” Roper, the Air Force’s top acquisition official told me in an interview last Thursday, after watching 10 newborn… Keep reading →

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Let The (War) Games Begin: Army Buying High-Tech Training Sims

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After decades using the same clunky simulators, the Army is about to buy new sims drawing on the latest innovations in online gaming.

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Failure IS An Option: Army Gen. Murray

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The Army must take risks to modernize, the Futures Command chief said, and the modernization effort will survive the inevitable failures along the way.

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