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  • U.S. Soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and the Vilseck, Germany-based 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, participate in closing ceremonies for Iron Sword 2014 in Pabrade, Lithuania, Nov. 13. More than 2,500 troops from nine NATO countries, including Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the United States and the United Kingdom, participated in the two-week, multinational combined arms exercise, aimed at enhancing interoperability and ensuring readiness to complete offensive and defensive operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson)
    Emerging Tech

    Hicks urges NATO to grow industrial capacity, adopt Replicator-like systems

    “We need to more rapidly and responsibly adopt new technologies wherever they can add military value — like … all-domain attritable autonomous systems,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said.

  • A Soldier with 18th Space Company, 1st Space Brigade, operates a miniaturized tactical space system in a small tactical vehicle guarded by a British Army Special Operations Brigade soldier during Project Convergence Capstone 4 experimentation at White Sands Missile Range, Feb. 28, 2024. (U.S. Army photo by Brooke Nevins)

    Achieving digital integration across allies: Lessons learned from Project Convergence

    The success of Capstone yielded three major takeaways on government-industry partnerships.

  • 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)

    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.

  • Kathleen Hicks

    Golden Defense As the 35th deputy secretary of defense, Kathleen Hicks is the Department of Defense’s No.2 official responsible for executing on Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s priorities and overseeing day-to-day operations across the Pentagon, including budget activities. Since coming into office in 2021, Hicks has made the modernization and adoption of emerging tech a […]