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Hicks gives OSD components a deadline to name data chiefs

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Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has directed every component within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to designate its own data officer by Oct. 15, according to a new memorandum obtained by DefenseScoop.

NATO about to develop new strategy to guide members' use of autonomous systems in warfare

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NATO is poised to begin crafting a new strategy that will ultimately inform how its member-nations apply autonomous capabilities in future conflicts, according to a senior official.

Defense innovation experts urge US to get organized in tech competition with China

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A new report from the Special Competitive Studies Project expresses a sense of urgency for the U.S. to develop a tech-centered strategy in the near term to ultimately achieve competitive advantage in the next era. 

Mike Madsen to take helm as acting director of Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit

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Mike Madsen — an Air Force veteran, decorated combat pilot and former legislative liaison — will serve as the Defense Innovation Unit’s acting director once Mike Brown officially exits on Sept. 2, FedScoop has learned. That role will mark a temporary promotion for Madsen, who currently serves as DIU’s deputy director and director of strategic engagement.  Formed by the Pentagon in 2015, the unit is designed to strategically accelerate the…

Hicks wants more high-level oversight of Pentagon's JADC2 efforts

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A shakeup could be coming soon in the way the Pentagon manages its Joint All-Domain Command and Control efforts, FedScoop has learned. A defense official close to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks confirmed that Hicks sees the need for “additional, high-level oversight for JADC2 coordination.” The Joint All-Domain Command and Control initiative aims to better connect the U.S. military’s many sensors, shooters and networks across land, air, sea, space, cyberspace…

Hicks says Pentagon has different employment strategy for hypersonics than China, Russia

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pentagon leaders are “laser-focused” on developing new capabilities like hypersonic weapons, but they also plan to employ the systems differently than competitors like China or Russia, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters Thursday. Hypersonic missiles are designed to fly faster than Mach 5 and be highly maneuverable. The weapons are anticipated to provide military advantage in the next era of warfare, prompting a sharp focus…

AI task force for Navy surface fleet devising comprehensive data catalog

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A Navy task force formed to operationalize artificial intelligence and machine learning across the surface fleet is steering efforts to fix data and lay the foundation for associated emerging technology applications in the near future.  Effective AI depends on data that is “clean” or cohesive enough to build algorithms off of. Naval Surface Force components, which equip and staff warships ahead of their deployments to respective fleet commands for military…

Pentagon confronting many unknowns in driving quantum breakthroughs

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The United States needs to rethink how it’s funding the development of quantum technologies — and resolve extensive uncertainties — as it races against competitors to make advancements in this emerging field, according to the Pentagon’s principal director for the tech. Quantum information science (QIS) involves the investigation and application of bizarre phenomena that occur at atomic and subatomic levels to process and move information. Experts predict it will enable…

New $1B NATO innovation fund will back wide range of emerging tech

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NATO leaders on Thursday officially launched a $1 billion innovation fund that will invest in companies working on a slew of dual-use technologies with great military potential. Billed as the world’s first “multi-sovereign” venture capital fund involving 22 nations, it is intended to make long-term investments in startups and other entities developing emerging technologies that the alliance is interested in including artificial intelligence, autonomy, big-data processing, quantum-enabled technologies, biotechnology and…