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DOD looking to expand scholarship program to bolster hypersonics workforce

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The Department of Defense aims to significantly increase the student pipeline for its SMART scholarship program.

Pentagon's R&E enterprise confronts emerging tech manufacturability gaps

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The Pentagon’s research and engineering directorate is investigating manufacturing challenges that are affecting the defense industrial base and hindering its ability to deploy capabilities aligned with the technology areas that have been deemed most critical to ensuring national security in the years ahead. Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu unveiled her 14 highest-priority tech categories in February, as part of a broader vision to accelerate cutting-edge military…

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…

Pentagon awards $100M to accelerate innovative tech adoption from nontraditional contractors

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The Defense Department has allocated $100 million to 10 startups with the hope of accelerating existing innovative tech pilots into full production. Through the Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) pilot program, the DOD aims to push existing innovative projects across the “valley of death” — a term that has come to define the trend of innovative companies winning small projects with the DOD that succeed in…

Exiting DIU director urges Pentagon to refresh how it adopts commercial tech for future wars

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In the months leading up to his exit as director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Mike Brown and his team are helping get commercial technology into the hands of Ukrainians on the frontlines, who are skillfully deploying drones, artificial intelligence and other off-the-shelf solutions from American companies to combat Russian invaders. This conflict is spotlighting in real-time how rapidly deployable commercial capabilities will be essential to winning wars…

DOD schedules industry day for new rapid defense experimentation initiative

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Department of Defense officials will meet with members of industry on July 26 to discuss plans for its Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve (RDER) project, which is aimed at expediting the delivery of new warfighting capabilities to combatant commanders, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The RDER initiative — a top priority for Pentagon leaders — will initially fund 32 prototype demonstrations based on technology needs identified by combatant commanders, Joint Staff, Office…

Pentagon wants to team with HBCUs on ‘tactical autonomy’ research

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The Department of Defense is looking for a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to lead a new research center focused on “tactical autonomy” technology for military systems. The initiative, unveiled Monday, is aimed at developing new military capabilities and addressing racial disparities in Pentagon R&D funding. “The goals of the program are to advance the field of autonomy by focusing on [Department of the Air Force] operational imperatives, generate…

Pentagon shares new vision to address problems with its microelectronics supply chain

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The Pentagon released a broad “Microelectronics Vision” this week that outlines the foundational framework for its highly anticipated, in-the-making national strategy to help holistically mitigate intensifying supply chain vulnerabilities. However, some observers found it lacking in detail. The 12-page document — publicly shared Wednesday by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks via tweet — was informed by a range of comprehensive studies. It comes roughly a year-and-a-half after the Pentagon established the…

US, Republic of Korea intensify cooperation on emerging and disruptive technologies

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President Biden and a team of senior U.S. officials recently visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) and established with their leading counterparts a plan to deepen the nations’ cooperation on critical and emerging technologies — including semiconductors, batteries, civil nuclear power, artificial intelligence, space development, quantum computing and cyberspace. Part of Biden’s larger first trip to Asia as president, that engagement came just a few months after the White House released…