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Research, Technology, and Innovation July-August 2023

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Research, Technology, and Innovation July-August 2023

Learn about recent innovation, initiatives, and achievements.

Parallel Processes Can Speed Up Weapons Acquisition, Vice Chairman Says

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
C. Todd Lopez
Taking the parallel versus sequential route in the acquisition process, might speed up the way the Defense Department gets new systems into the hands of Warfighters, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. “We’re too slow. How do we go faster?” asked Navy Adm. Christopher W. Grady during a conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “First I think it starts with we have to be a good customer.”
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks delivers remarks at the 2023 Ash Carter Exchange on Innovation and National Security in Washington, May 9, 2023.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks delivers remarks at the 2023 Ash Carter Exchange on Innovation and National Security in Washington, May 9, 2023. Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Kubitza
Space Development Agency Delivers First 10 Satellites On-Orbit, 2.5 Years From Award to Launch

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
The Space Development Agency announced April 2 the successful initial launch of Tranche 0 of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture, the Transport and Tracking Layer satellites. The launch will demonstrate the low-latency communication links to support the Warfighter with a resilient network of integrated capabilities, including tracking of advanced missile threats, from low-Earth orbit. (Read more)

Innovation Critical to Success as DoD Faces Competition With China

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
Joseph Clark
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks warned that the Defense Department’s propensity to innovate will have a vital role in deterring future conflict and maintaining the U.S. military’s strategic edge going forward. That strategic advantage, Hicks said, has come under increasing pressure given the rapid advance of China. (Read more)

Department of Defense Celebrates Advancements in Microelectronics Packaging Capabilities

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
The DoD celebrated a milestone achievement for the State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) Program with the delivery of the first SHIP prototype devices. At a ceremony in Falls Church, Va., lead demonstrator BAE Systems, Inc., received the first two of these prototypes—Intel’s Multi-Chip Package for SHIP Digital and Qorvo’s Multi-Chip Module for SHIP Radio Frequency. (Read more)

DoD Aims to Improve Network Security, Leverage New Technologies

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
David Vergun
The Defense Information Systems Agency and the Department of Defense Information Network are looking for ways to repurpose cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence; development, security, and operations; and zero-trust assets to protect the Defense Department’s global network, the director of those organizations said. (Read more)

Air Force Senior Airman Brad Proffit, a radio frequency transmissions operator based in Charlotte, N.C., calibrates equipment used for secure network access and communications in remote locations during Exercise Southern Strike 2023 in Gulfport, Miss., April 17, 2023.

Air Force Senior Airman Brad Proffit, a radio frequency transmissions operator based in Charlotte, N.C., calibrates equipment used for secure network access and communications in remote locations during Exercise Southern Strike 2023 in Gulfport, Miss., April 17, 2023. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Emily Batchelor
Air Force Modernizes Nuclear Security With Advanced JLTV Vehicle

90TH MISSILE WING
Joseph Coslett Jr.
Security Forces Airmen from the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron conducted the first operational mission with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle supporting launch facility maintenance near Harrisburg, Neb., April 24. (Read more)

DoD Co-funds Institute to Research the Neural, Biological, and Cognitive Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
The Department of Defense announced the award of $10 million for the establishment of an institute dedicated to advancing unified research in artificial and natural intelligence. Co-funded with the National Science Foundation as part of its National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes program, the new institute will improve understanding of how the brain functions and pursue designs of more capable and trustworthy AI. (Read more)

 
 
Senior Airman Zion Hill and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Daniels, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron maintenance support team members, stand in front of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle before providing security for the first operational mission supporting maintenance at a launch facility near Harrisburg, Neb., April 24, 2023. This is the first step in modernizing the security forces vehicle fleet to provide more lethality and security for the nuclear enterprise.

Senior Airman Zion Hill and Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Daniels, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron maintenance support team members, stand in front of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle before providing security for the first operational mission supporting maintenance at a launch facility near Harrisburg, Neb., April 24, 2023. This is the first step in modernizing the security forces vehicle fleet to provide more lethality and security for the nuclear enterprise. U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Coslett Jr.
DoD Strengthens Supply Chains for Hypersonic and Strategic Systems

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS
The DoD’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy, through its Office of Manufacturing Capability Expansion and Investment Prioritization Directorate, announced it has made three awards to strengthen supply chains for hypersonic and strategic systems. The companies receiving the awards are General Electric, Carbon-Carbon Advanced Technologies, and Northrop Grumman. (Read more)

AFRL Quantum Research Advances 3C Capabilities in Future Air, Space, and Cyber Operations

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
Marc Denofio
The Air Force Research Laboratory or AFRL, is always looking for new ways to stay ahead of the competition; quantum is no exception. Quantum has many areas to explore, from sensing to computing, all using principles of quantum mechanics to process data. It is a relatively new technology in terms of application, but its promises for future capabilities are of great interest to the Air Force. (Read more)

 

 

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are advancing quantum technologies from the individual quantum bit or qubit level to the system level, where different qubit types must interface for future capabilities for the U.S. Air Force.

Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are advancing quantum technologies from the individual quantum bit or qubit level to the system level, where different qubit types must interface for future capabilities for the U.S. Air Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Albert Santacroce
DAF Senior Leaders Offer Dialogue on Defense Innovation Amid Strategic Competition

SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Tech. Sgt. William A. O’Brien
The Ash Carter Exchange on Innovation and National Security was held May 9, bringing together pioneers and champions of innovation from government, the private sector, and scientific communities. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. were among those gathered at the event named in honor of the late Ash Carter, former secretary of defense and a trained theoretical physicist, who is credited with leading change and innovation throughout his four decades of service in government. (Read more)

 

 

 

 

 


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