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Vehicle Platform Integration: Where Technologies Become Capabilities [Sponsored]

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In this era of new acquisition for ground vehicles, the Army continues to challenge industry to anticipate emerging requirements, develop required technologies, and field combat capabilities more quickly through rapid prototyping.

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Fail Fast, Not Twice: DoD’s Push For Agile Software Development

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A Pentagon task force is reviewing over a hundred tools and services to speed up software acquisition.

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DARPA’s R3D2: Big Company Makes Small Sat Fast

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The R3D2 spacecraft’s cutting-edge antenna is “compressed into a small volume and then blooms on orbit,” explains Northrop Grumman’s Scott Stapp.

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DoD Wants Help To Spot — & Kill — Mobile Missiles

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The Pentagon has quietly asked defense contractors for ways to spot enemy missile launchers — so the US can destroy them before they even fire.

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Army Futures Command Wants YOU (To Innovate)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“I get really irritated when I’m in the audience and I hear ‘startup, startup, startup,’” Army Futures Command’s chief innovation officer said this morning at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). “Startups are not the only source of ideas.”

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Army Wants Armed Ground Robot Prototype by 2019

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The new combat vehicles must be “optimized for fighting in dense urban terrain.” Fighting in narrow streets, in turn, requires smaller vehicles than the massive M1 — and one way to reduce weight is to take the humans out.

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Army Hopes For $6.8B From FY18 Budget Deal: 70% For Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Adds SecArmy Esper Roundtable PENTAGON: The figures aren’t final, but the Army hopes to get about $6.8 billion in additional funding for fiscal year 2018 thanks to the recently concluded budget deal, Army Secretary Mark Esper said this morning. The service’s new plan would start delivering a Next Generation Squad Weapon to the infantry… Keep reading →

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Thornberry’s Buying Bill Adds Bureaucracy, Helps Biz With IP

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CAPITOL HILL: Rep. Mac Thornberrry’s proposed legislation to help fix Pentagon procurement was unveiled with a background press briefing by staff members, who touted its benefits of “transparency” and “accountability.” But some staff believe the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s legislation may not be as exciting or as fundamental as was said in the briefing.… Keep reading →

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Navy Scraps RMMV Mine Drone, Accelerates CBARS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Lockheed response WASHINGTON: The Navy will scrap the troubled RMMV drone meant to hunt mines from its controversial Littoral Combat Ships, replacing it with a different type of robot boat, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said today. That’s a decision a more responsive acquisition system would have made long ago, added Chief of Naval… Keep reading →

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Accelerating Innovation By Breaking Up Contracts: SBIR & Beyond

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: Innovation is the buzzword of the year. But how do you actually get it? As Pentagon leaders look anxiously over their shoulders at rapidly advancing threats from Russia, China, and beyond, military middle managers are wrestling with the details of how to accelerate the development of new technology. That includes breaking up big contracts with… Keep reading →

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