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Navy Could Use AI to Combat Swarms of Enemy Boats

If you’ve ever walked through a cloud of gnats, you’ll know what a nuisance a swarm can be. On the sea, Navy vessels occasionally encounter swarms as well, in the form of tiny, less-than-friendly enemy boats. Navy destroyers, cruisers and littoral combat ships are powerful weapon systems, but a dozen or more tiny boats, each with a cache of weapons, ...

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DOD Lab Day Showcases Latest Mine-Killer Technology

During Defense Department Lab Day at the Pentagon, the Army, Marine Corps and Navy all touted autonomous solutions for either finding or killing mines that might put service members in danger. The Army and the Marine Corps combined existing tools — the Army’s old-school M58 mine-clearing line charge and the Marines’ modern expeditionary modular autonomous vehicle — to create an autonomous, ...

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U.S. Space Force: Space No Longer Peaceful

Though there once may have been tranquility in space, that’s likely no longer the case, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We’re in an era of great power competition, and the next major conflict may be won or lost in space,” Shanahan said. “Space is no longer a sanctuary — it is ...

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Great Power Competition’s Resurgence

What’s great power competition?  Its when large nations vie for the greatest power and influence — not just in their own parts of the world, but also farther out. The United States enjoys a lead there, now, but other nations are nipping at its heels. In the 1990s, the U.S. didn’t have a peer competitor, economically, diplomatically, or militarily, the ...

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Space Force Looks to Stay Light-Years Ahead

The recently announced U.S Space Force won’t be deploying space cadets on bug hunts any time soon — at least it’s not in the plans for now. Instead, its primary role will be to maintain and increase the gap between existing U.S. space capabilities and those of America’s nearest competitors. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan discussed the now-blossoming U.S. ...

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‘Bold Assumption’ Brings Warrior Games to Tampa

This year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games competition — which enhances the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured service members through adaptive sports — kicks off June 21. In past years, the games have been hosted by the Defense Department, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the first time this year, ...

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Senate Youth Delegates Meet Pentagon Leaders

The weeklong U.S. Senate Youth Program trip to Washington concluded with a visit to the Pentagon. The 104 high school participants had a tour, a quick lunch and a meet and greet with David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of deputy secretary of defense, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. ...

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Senate Youth Program ‘Delegates’ Meet DOD Leaders at Pentagon

The weeklong U.S. Senate Youth Program trip to Washington concluded with a visit to the Pentagon. The 104 high school participants had a tour, a quick lunch and a meet and greet with David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of deputy secretary of defense, and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. ...

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Service Members Reap Benefits of Tax Law Changes

Recent changes in tax law mean that many in uniform could see big returns when they file their 2018 taxes. “This last tax year has been quite exciting with all of the changes that occurred to it,” said Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, executive director of the Armed Forces Tax Council. “The good news is that most of our service ...

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Pentagon: ISIS Crippled in Syria

Meeting with the reporters for the first time since assuming office Jan. 1, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan touched on the Syria withdrawal, success in Afghanistan, the U.S. Space Force, and his role as the head of the U.S. Department of Defense. Shanahan, who had served as deputy defense secretary until the first of the year, said that from ...

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Navy Gets Underway on Shipyard Upgrades

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer assured lawmakers that as part of the service’s efforts to modernize the force, it was moving forward on plans to upgrade and improve the Navy’s public shipyards, during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s seapower subcommittee. 1) The Navy’s four public shipyards: Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Kittery, Maine; Puget ...

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5 Things to Know About Operations in Iraq

Army Col. Jonathan C. Byrom serves as commander of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and deputy director of Joint Operations Command Iraq. Byrom provided an update to reporters at the Pentagon on continued efforts to find and eliminate any remaining pockets of the largely defeated ISIS. 1) While the government of Iraq has declared the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to ...

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