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New Army white paper lays out vision for high-tech force in 2030

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The "Army of 2030" vision highlights key technologies and other priorities for making the service a more “data centric" force.

FAA evaluates unique laser-blocking eyewear developed by Air Force Research Lab

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — As the threat of laser strikes against pilots escalates, the Federal Aviation Administration is assessing advanced laser eye protection engineered by the Air Force Research Laboratory for more widespread commercial use. Years in-development, those tangerine-ish colored lenses on notably dainty spectacles were one of multiple mechanisms and capabilities AFRL officials highlighted for Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks during her stop at Wright-Patterson Air Force…

Pentagon’s counter-UAS chief wants more widespread training on drone-killer systems

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The Ukraine-Russia war highlights the need for more U.S. troops to learn how to use counter-drone weapons on the frontlines of future battlefields, according to the director of the Pentagon’s Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO). Ukraine and Russia have employed a variety of airborne robotic platforms in the ongoing conflict — including modified commercial drones — for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and to attack their adversary’s forces.…

Hicks' multi-state tour to focus on emerging and disruptive defense tech

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks will tour government and research facilities across four states this week, where she will be briefed on and observe advanced technology projects the Pentagon is increasingly prioritizing to prepare for future — and likely more digital — warfare. As the Pentagon’s No. 2 official, Hicks has been a driving force behind the department’s efforts to adopt artificial intelligence across the force, implement Joint All-Domain…

Senators propose big boost in funding to upgrade DOD’s test ranges

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New legislation calls for spending more than $1.8 billion in the next fiscal year to improve the Pentagon’s infrastructure for developing and testing new and emerging technologies. Congress allocated $798 million in fiscal 2022 to the Defense Department’s lab and test range modernization activities focused on space systems, the electromagnetic spectrum, hypersonics, directed energy, and targets. And for fiscal 2023, the Pentagon had requested $1.26 billion for “strategic test infrastructure…

Bill would prod Pentagon to accelerate fielding of new tech to defeat drone swarms

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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act calls for the Pentagon to come up with a new strategy for fielding systems capable of defeating swarms of enemy drones that U.S. troops may face on future battlefields. The text of the legislation, released last week, includes a number of provisions aimed at addressing the emerging threat. While the Department of Defense has already set…

Army moves to innovate how it shields aircraft from directed energy weapons

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The Army is searching for small businesses to help develop and apply low-cost coating technologies that can protect U.S. aircraft from high-energy lasers and high-power microwave weapon systems. Directed energy weapons take out targets using highly concentrated electromagnetic energy. The Defense Department has invested billions in directed energy research and development since the 1960s, and in the last decade has started deploying such weapons that can disable adversary electronics using…

'Big muscle movements’ proposed in Pentagon funding request for S&T

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Funding for basic research into microelectronics, directed energy, hypersonics, and other science and technology projects would see a major boost in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2023, a senior official revealed Wednesday. In the request, DOD science and technology funding would increase 12% to about $16.5 billion, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu noted during a webinar hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association. The portion…

China, Russia may soon field more capable counterspace weapons, DIA says

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Beijing and Moscow in the coming years will likely deploy more capable lasers, missiles and other counterspace weapons that could be used to disrupt or destroy satellites that the U.S. military depends on, according to a new Defense Intelligence Agency report released Tuesday. The Pentagon views space as a likely battleground in any future great power war in which counterspace weapons would pose a threat to DOD satellites that are…