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  • The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) defeats a combination of Houthi missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in the Red Sea, Oct. 19, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)
    Weapons

    DIU helping Navy find cheaper drone interceptors

    The Defense Innovation Unit is soliciting industry to support its Counter NEXT initiative.

  • Abraham Denmark, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for AUKUS, left, Adm. James F. Caldwell Jr., director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, right, Royal Australian Navy Vice Adm. Jonathan Mead, director-general of the Australian Submarine Agency, Royal Australian Navy Lt. William Hall, Royal Australian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Hammond, Chief of Navy, and Erik Raven, Under Secretary of the Navy, pose for a photo during a United States Naval Nuclear Power School (NPS) graduation ceremony at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC), July 7, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dart D. De La Garza)
    Emerging Tech

    Pentagon’s top AUKUS adviser and coordinator steps down

    The AUKUS alliance is steering trilateral defense technology cooperation between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) (L) and full committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) (R) appear at a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on April 17, 2024 in Washington, DC. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Department of Defense Comptroller Michael McCord are on Capitol Hill to present the 2025 budget request for the Defense Department. (Photo by Andrew Harnik/Getty Images)
    Emerging Tech

    House appropriators propose more than $1.3B for DIU, other tech acceleration initiatives

    A fiscal 2025 defense appropriations bill was released by the House Appropriations Committee.

  • NAVAL BASE CORONADO (May 15, 2024) – Global Autonomous Reconnaissance Craft (GARC) from Unmanned Surface Vessel Squadron 3 (USVRON 3) operate remotely in San Diego Bay ahead of the unit’s establishment ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Claire M. DuBois)
    Weapons

    Navy stands up new robo-ship squadron as Pentagon pursues Replicator systems

    USVRON Three, commanded by Capt. Derek Rader, will oversee a fleet of small uncrewed surface vessels.

  • Aditi Kumar

    Most Inspiring Up-and-Comer Aditi Kumar took the role of deputy director for strategy, policy, and national security partnerships at the Defense Innovation Unit last October. In this role, Kumar supports DIU’s collaboration with the military departments, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to deliver capabilities at scale to meet warfighter […]

  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks is walks with Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Doug Beck during a visit to the Defense Innovation Unit, Mountain View, California, Dec. 12, 2023. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Kubitza)
    Weapons

    Pentagon secures $500M for first tranche of Replicator systems

    A stated goal of Replicator is to accelerate programs and field thousands of “attritable autonomous” systems across multiple domains by August 2025, to help the U.S. armed forces counter China’s military buildup.

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