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Articles from Vol. 102, No. 773, April

3D Modeling Could Speed Procurement of Navy Destroyer
* As the Navy prepares to award a production contract for its new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer this year, service officials are touting advanced 3D manufacturing and design techniques as a way to cut costs and time for its major shipbuilding...
3D Modeling Could Speed Procurement of Navy Destroyer
As the Navy prepares to award a production contract for its new Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer this year, service officials are touting advanced 3D manufacturing and design techniques as a way to cut costs and time for its major shipbuilding...
Army Moves Forward with New Medium Truck Acquisition
* The Army is plowing ahead with plans to procure a new medium tactical wheeled vehicle that will give soldiers increased payload capacity and performance. In February, the service awarded Oshkosh Defense a firm, fixed-price contract spanning up...
Army Rolling Ahead with Manned-Unmanned Convoys
* The Army is moving forward with efforts to develop an autonomous convoy capability that could help troops transport supplies, equipment and other resources more efficiently and safely across the battlefield. The service's Tank Automotive Research,...
Army Rolling Ahead with Manned-Unmanned Convoys
The Army is moving forward with efforts to develop an autonomous convoy capability that could help troops transport supplies, equipment and other resources more efficiently and safely across the battlefield.The service's Tank Automotive Research, Development...
Association Announces New Privacy Subcommittee
* A new National Defense Industrial Association subcommittee focusing on privacy has been formed within its cybersecurity division. It will concentrate on data privacy in the United States and will promote communication and interaction between industry,...
Augmented Reality to Improve Drone Operations
* First responders are using augmented reality technology from a California-based company to make their operations more efficient. Edgybees developed software that overlays information such as street names and distress signals onto maps and live-streamed...
Augmented Reality to Improve Drone Operations
* First responders are using augmented reality technology from a California-based company to make their operations more efficient.Edgybees developed software that overlays information such as street names and distress signals onto maps and live-streamed...
Blasts from the Past
The idea for "operationally responsive space" was in its infancy when China launched its infamous antisatellite test January 11, 2007. That gave the idea of plug-and-play satellites that could be configured within days to replace capabilities lost in...
Boost in R&D Funding for Space Systems
* The Pentagon intends to beef up its spending on research, development, test and evaluation for space systems as the U.S. military pursues next-generation capabilities.The department requested $9.3 billion for space programs in fiscal year 2019, including...
Boost in R&D Rinding for Space Systems
* The Pentagon intends to beef up its spending on research, development, test and evaluation for space systems as the U.S. military pursues next-generation capabilities. The department requested $9.3 billion for space programs in fiscal year 2019,...
Chem-Bio Defense Program Eases Path for Industry
* In a 2016 congressional hearing, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and emerging infectious diseases constitute a major threat to the security of the United States....
Chem-Bio Defense Program Eases Path for Industry
* In a 2016 congressional hearing, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated that chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and emerging infectious diseases constitute a major threat to the security of the United States.The...
Coast Guard Icebreaker Competition under Way
* With the Coast Guard's sole heavy-duty polar icebreaker quickly reaching the end of its life, the sea service has kicked off a competition that will pit some of the United States' most storied shipyards against each other as they vie for the opportunity...
Coast Guard Leaders Are 'Swinging for the Fences'
* After years of bemoaning its insufficient budget levels, the Coast Guard is pushing for a major spending increase in fiscal year 2019. In his recent State of the Coast Guard address, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft used a baseball analogy to explain...
Company Introduces New Light Attack Aircraft
* Members of Bronco Combat Systems USA have developed a two-crew precision strike aircraft based on a legacy platform, according to the company. Bronco II can operate up to 31,000 feet and carry large mission systems in its internal bay, said Bronco...
Company Introduces New Light Attack Aircraft
Members of Bronco Combat Systems USA have developed a two-crew precision strike aircraft based on a legacy platform, according to the company.Bronco II can operate up to 31,000 feet and carry large mission systems in its internal bay, said Bronco Systems...
Early Warning Tools Needed for Chem-Bio Defense
* The U.S. military is in need of new tools that can provide early warning for chemical and biological contamination on the battlefield and connect to commanders' networks, one defense official said. Integrated early warning is "probably our No....
Expanding the Fleet
The Navy's new shipbuilding plan is under fire from those who say it is not aggressive enough in pursuing the goal of a 355-ship fleet.The long-term roadmap for fiscal years 2019 to 2048 was released in February. It is the first 30-year shipbuilding...
Expanding the Fleet: Navy Charts Course for 355 Ships
* The Navy's new shipbuilding plan is under fire from those who say it is not aggressive enough in pursuing the goal of a 355-ship fleet. The long-term roadmap for fiscal years 2019 to 2048 was released in February. It is the first 30-year shipbuilding...
For Those Confused about Sexual Harassment
* A colleague recently relayed a conversation with a male business executive client who was seeking clarity on do's and don'ts to avoid crossing the line with regard to sexual harassment. Kudos for wanting to do the right thing, but this person said...
Leverage Budget Agreement to Boost Defense
* Everyone at the National Defense Industrial Association cheered when Congress not only delivered a fiscal year 2018 budget topline but also took the opportunity to build a small level of predictability into Defense Department resourcing by passing...
Littoral Combat Ship Buy Could Affect Industrial Base
* Industry and lawmakers are concerned that plans for the Navy's littoral combat ship may not be able to sustain the shipbuilding industrial base, leaving vendors at a potential disadvantage for future frigate production. Rear Adm. John Neagley...
More Money Anticipated for Hypersonics
* Worried about falling behind in hypersonic weapons technology, the Pentagon is planning to pump more money into developing its offensive and defense capabilities. In his recent state-of-the-nation speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced...
More Synthetic Data Needed to Improve AI
* Developers of artificial intelligence platforms have promised that such systems will revolutionize the future of warfare, but experts and analysts said that more synthetic data is needed for that promise to be realized. Pedro Rodriguez, a senior...
More Synthetic Data Needed to Improve AI
Developers of artificial intelligence platforms have promised that such systems will revolutionize the future of warfare, but experts and analysts said that more synthetic data is needed for that promise to be realized.Pedro Rodriguez, a senior research...
Ndia Calendar
APRIL5 Lone Star Chapter & AUSA "AFS Series Awards Luncheon"Branch Farmers Branch, TXNDIAlonestar.org5 S&ET Executive BreakfastWashington, DCNDIA.org/SETApril1810-112018 Ground Robotics Capabilities ConferenceSpringfield, VANDIA.org/RoboticsSee...
New Cyber Rule Requires Critical Documents
* Contractors and their supply chain with active Defense Department contracts, or those that plan on doing business with it, must assure that any of their data systems that transmit, process or store controlled unclassified information are compliant...
New Rugged Storage Server Developed for Military Use
* A new storage server system has been designed to provide militaries around the world with a rugged, globally compliant and environmentally compatible hardware platform. Chassis Plans, a San Diego-based manufacturer of computers, LCD displays and...
New Rugged Storage Server Developed for Military Use
A new storage server system has been designed to provide militaries around the world with a rugged, globally compliant and environmentally compatible hardware platform.Chassis Plans, a San Diego-based manufacturer of computers, LCD displays and storage...
Potential Vulnerabilities Exist in Biosecurity Programs
* Scientists have been increasingly able to digitize biological information to benefit the warfighter, from automating drug and vaccine development to collecting disease surveillance data. But biologists remain largely unaware of the potential risks...
Potential Vulnerabilities Exist in Biosecurity Programs
Scientists have been increasingly able to digitize biological information to benefit the warfighter, from automating drug and vaccine development to collecting disease surveillance data.But biologists remain largely unaware of the potential risks of...
Preventing Expensive Electronic Hardware Mistakes
* "Management reserve" is a common term for all Defense Department and defense industrial base program managers. As a program execution management system is constructed, experienced subject matter experts are consulted to assess risk. This risk assessment...
Problems Persist with Commercial Item Rule
* On Jan. 31, the Defense Department published a final rule regarding commercial item purchasing. Among other amendments, the rule modifies the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement by: formalizing a presumption of commerciality for items...
Robotic Vehicle Program Will Test Army's Acquisition Agility
* The Army's squad multipurpose equipment transport program is about to enter a new phase, and will soon test the service's ability to rapidly acquire new platforms. The aim of the SMET project is to field robotic vehicles that can carry dismounted...
The Magic of Other Transaction Authorities
* Space and Missile Systems Center's Maj. Steven Pugh arrived at an industry conference held at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently to talk about the big pot of money he has to spend--$ 100 million over the next five years to be precise--on...
Up Front
The Navy Has a 'Secret Weapon' * Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer revealed to an audience at a Washington, D.C. think tank its new means for speeding up acquisition. "Inside the building my biggest secret weapon that I got to unveil in October...
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