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DoD Tech Transformation Holds Surprises for U.S. Adversaries

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles about DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office.

DOD NEWS, DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY (APRIL 12, 2016)

Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2016 — In a geopolitical environment where the focus of nations often is on future technologies, the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office starts with systems that are well established and familiar to nearly everyone, especially adversaries.

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Work: Robot Warship Demonstrates Advances in Autonomy, Human-Machine Collaboration

DOD NEWS, DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY (APRIL 8, 2016)

Cheryl Pellerin

PORTLAND, Oregon, April 8, 2016—Sea Hunter, a robot warship designed and built by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, represents breakthroughs in autonomous navigation and human-machine collaboration that could change the nature of U.S. maritime operations, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said here yesterday.

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Defense Superiority Relies on Investment, Research, Acquisition Chief Says

DOD NEWS, DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY (APRIL 20, 2016)

Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON—The Defense Department’s ability to maintain U.S. technological superiority for the 21st century depends on research and development investments requested in the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told a Senate panel today.

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AF Demonstrates Key Rocket Engine Technologies for Next Generation Launch Systems

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY PROPULSION DIRECTORATE (MAY 16, 2016)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.—The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne achieved a major milestone under the Hydrocarbon Boost (HCB) program, which is advancing domestic rocket engine technologies in support of next generation launch systems. The HCB program completed full power, full duration tests of the oxygen-rich staged combustion (ORSC) sub-scale preburner. Testing was conducted at the historic rocket Test Stand 2A at Edwards Air Force Base; the facility was first utilized to test the F-1 engine used to power Saturn V rockets in the Apollo program to reach the moon.

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SAS 2016 Comes to a Close

NAVY NEWS SERVICE (MAY 19, 2016)

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Knight

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean J. Stackley brought the 2016 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition to a close May 18 with a speech during the SECNAV Luncheon held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor.

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Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer Prototype 0.1 Unveiled at Ribbon-Cutting

ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND NEWS RELEASE (May 26, 2016)

Brian Beall

A team from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, the Program Executive Office for Aviation, and local industry unveiled the first prototype of the Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, here May 24, 2016.

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CODE Takes Next Steps Toward More Sophisticated, Resilient, and Collaborative Unmanned Air Systems

DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY OUTREACH (JUNE 3, 2016)

DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program seeks to help the U.S. military’s unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in denied or contested electromagnetic airspace, all while reducing required communication bandwidth and cognitive burden on human supervisors. In an important step toward that goal, DARPA recently awarded Phase 2 system integration contracts for CODE to Lockheed Martin Corporation (Orlando, Fla.) and the Raytheon Company (Tucson, Ariz.). Further, the following six companies—all of which had Phase 1 contracts with DARPA to develop supporting technologies for CODE—will collaborate in various ways with the two prime contractors:

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