Tags research and development

Pentagon forms new AI hubs for R&D teams to share data and advance models

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OSD's principal director for trusted AI and autonomy briefed DefenseScoop on the new initiative.

Biden taps Nickolas Guertin to be Navy’s acquisition chief

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President Biden has selected Nickolas Guertin, the Pentagon’s senior adviser on weapons testing and evaluation, to lead the Navy’s research, development and acquisition enterprise, the White House announced Friday. The important Navy post has not been filled by a Senate-confirmed official since James “Hondo” Geurts stepped down as assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition near the end of the Trump administration. Frederick Stefany has been serving as the acting…

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…

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 grappling with multibillion-dollar laboratory investment gap

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Senior Pentagon officials and lawmakers are sounding the alarm about the conditions of the nation’s aging defense-focused laboratories and testing facilities. More funding and resources are needed to drive innovation and confront difficulties impacting the military’s research infrastructure, they said Thursday during a House Armed Services cyber, innovative technologies, and information subcommittee hearing on the Pentagon’s science and technology-aligned proposals for fiscal 2023. “If we expect the department to attract…

Army research command gets first permanent CTO

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The Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command has its first permanent chief technology officer, a role designed to help integrate its multi-billion dollar research programs. Charneta Samms, a 25-year employee of the command known as DEVCOM, was most recently the chief of plans and programs at the Army Research Lab. Her new role will be all about “connecting smart people,” she told FedScoop. Unlike other CTO offices, that are often housed within…