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AI to Give U.S. Battlefield Advantages, General Says

Artificial intelligence will give the United States, its allies and its partners advantages that will expedite and better inform decision-making on the battlefield, reducing the risk of casualties and collateral damage, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center said. At the Atlantic Festival’s “Military Readiness in the Age of AI” event in Washington today, Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack ...

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Labor Day Marks 74th Anniversary of Japan’s WWII Surrender

As the United States enjoys its Labor Day holiday, it’s also marking the 74th anniversary of the formal and unconditional surrender of Japan. V-J Day — short for Victory over Japan Day — is observed in the United States on the anniversary of the formal signing of the Instrument of Surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Japan’s Tokyo Bay ...

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Small Steps Save Lives When Person Is at Risk of Suicide

In September, the Defense Department is kicking off Suicide Prevention Month with a reminder: Small steps save lives. Dr. Karen Orvis, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, said taking simple safety measures and precautions can prevent someone who’s distraught or depressed from taking his or her own life. Speaking at the 2019 Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the Department ...

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Intel Director: Intel Sharing, AI/Machine Learning, Open-Source Intel to be Top Priorities

Within a decade, China and Russia’s militaries will be using data visualization, artificial intelligence, machine learning and possibly quantum encryption and communications, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said. These tools are used to collect, analyze and secure data accurately and at high speeds. Both China and Russia realize that “whoever can leverage the data and understands that can ...

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Army to Take Industry Approach on Capability Upgrades

While automakers and other industries are good at streamlining their processes to incorporate the latest technologies and roll out new models in a relatively short time to stay ahead of the competition, the Army traditionally has been slow to identify and field new capabilities, Acting Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy said. McCarthy spoke at the Foundation for the Defense of ...

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‘C-Rats’ Fueled Troops During and After World War II

An old saying declares that an army marches on its stomach, meaning it needs food to survive, thrive and conquer. Soldiers, sailors and Marines were often far from their mess halls, galleys and field kitchens during World War II, so they had to haul around heavy boxes of prepackaged food to survive. The rations they carried were known as C-Rations, ...

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Space Development Agency Addresses Growing Capability Gaps

The space domain is vital to warfighters, with information from satellites used for such things as communications, missile tracking and navigation. However, there are gaps that near-peer competitors such as China could exploit, said Derek M. Tournear, acting director of the Defense Department’s Space Development Agency. Exploitation could include spoofing, cyberattacks, jamming and even satellite kill vehicles, he added. Tournear ...

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Freedom of Navigation Vital to Security, Commerce

To guarantee a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the United States will continue to exercise its right to navigate above, below and on the sea in international waters, including in the East and South China seas, the commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado. More than half the world’s population and wealth is ...

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Esper Would Continue Pentagon Emphasis on Readiness, Partnerships, Reform

Army Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper told senators that he would continue to prioritize training, modernization, building alliances and partnerships and reforming the Pentagon if he’s confirmed to serve as secretary of defense. Esper, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to assume the Pentagon’s top post, testified at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing today. The committee will make a ...

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Army Astronaut to Celebrate First Moon Landing With Space Launch

Army Col. (Dr.) Andrew Morgan wasn’t even born yet when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. However, Morgan, an astronaut, will be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the world’s first manned lunar landing. July 20 at 12:25 p.m. EDT is the planned launch day for Morgan and two others, Aleksandr Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano, to blast off ...

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President Praises U.S. Military, Families in S. Korea

The hearts of 330 million Americans beat with gratitude for the selfless service of U.S. forces serving in South Korea, President Donald J. Trump said during a visit to Osan Air Base, South Korea. Trump spoke to service members assembled in an Osan hangar yesterday as part of his visit to the region to attend the G-20 financial summit. A ...

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Community Leaders Learn About America’s Military

The latest iteration of a secretary of a defense-sponsored outreach program that gives American business and community leaders an immersive experience with the military is underway. Several dozen Joint Civilian Orientation Conference attendees will visit a number of military installations across the U.S. this week to learn more about how the men and women of the armed forces are contributing to ...

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NASCAR Festivities Include Reminder About Honoring Fallen Heroes

Kim Joiner, the acting principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for strategic engagement, provided the State of Freedom address during a salute to the military at prerace ceremonies of the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. “I want to pause to make sure everyone remembers what this three-day weekend ...

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DOD Improves Recruiting, Retention Efforts

The military services are working hard to improve their recruiting efforts in spite of a variety of challenges, the Defense Department’s top personnel official said. James N. Stewart, who is performing the duties of the undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, testified on recruiting and retention during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee yesterday. ...

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