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Hagel move not seen scuttling efforts on innovation, warships

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation will not derail a major Pentagon technology initiative unveiled this month and should not delay a decision on how to improve a new class of smaller warships, U.S. defense officials said.

Virtual reality, 3-D modeling help design new gear at Quantico

Developers at Quantico will be able to project realistic images of new equipment as they build it, print 3-D parts on demand, and tour vehicle prototypes in a virtual reality room, thanks to a new 2,700-square foot modeling and simulation facility that opened its doors this month.

What does the Pentagon’s latest call for innovation mean for contractors?

Without more details, contractors may be slow to embrace the initiative, according to defense analysts. “The department is still deliberating on how much money will be shifted or applied to these technology areas, and we do not think defense companies will chase these technologies until there is a better understanding of the payoff,” Roman Schweizer, a defense policy analyst at Guggenheim Securities, wrote in an analyst note.

Lockheed Martin Opens Surface Navy Innovation Center

Lockheed Martin has opened the Surface Navy Innovation Center (SNIC) to support the development of new technologies for the U.S. Navy. The SNIC is a research, development and demonstration facility that brings together industry, government and academia to design the next generation of capabilities the surface fleet needs to combat evolving threats around the world.

CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. The report (pdf) released Nov. 17 also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.

Another Pentagon official calls for innovation

Robert Work, the Pentagon’s deputy secretary of defense, joined the chorus of defense officials pushing for technological innovation in remarks delivered at a think tank event last week. In a keynote speech given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s annual Global Security Forum, Work said the Pentagon is getting ready to detail a new effort to drive innovation in defense.

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

The U.S. military's ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

US Navy deploys laser weapon to Persian Gulf for first-ever combat mission

The device is capable of focusing beams from six solid-state commercial welding lasers into a single strong beam, which can be used both as a blinding warning shot and as a weapon capable of setting fire to a drone or small boat. It took Naval Sea Systems Command technicians seven years and $40 million to develop the technology to the current stage.

Hagel: US Needs Game-Changing Military Innovation

Hagel announced a "defense innovation initiative" that he likened to historic and successful campaigns during the Cold War to offset military advantages of U.S. adversaries. He described a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen American's military edge in the face of budget impasses on Capitol Hill. "We must change the way we innovate, operate and do business," he told a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Pentagon to integrate technology with wearable equipment

The Department of Defense wants to give airmen and soldiers an advantage in combat by integrating technology with lightweight wearable equipment. The Pentagon has invested millions of dollars to make the size, weight and power of wearable technology and equipment smaller and easier for troops to carry.

New Pentagon Innovation Strategy Coming in Days

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will roll out an “innovation initiative” later this week, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Wednesday. The Pentagon has been working on a new “offset strategy” that would put the US military on a path to developing and fielding a new generation of technologies to counter the advances being made by China, and to a lesser extent Russia, officials have said.

U.S. Pilots Say New Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Become Equal of F-22, F-35

Many suspect the J-31 is designed using technology stolen from the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. “They sure look like F-35 and F-22s don’t they?” one Air Force operational test pilot told USNI News.

China Flight Tests New Stealth Jet During Obama Visit

China obtained secrets from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through cyber attacks against a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin. The technology has shown up in China’s first stealth jet, the J-20, and in the J-31. Both of the jets’ design features and equipment are similar to those of the F-35.

Pentagon raises specter of Chinese superiority to boost funding

Pentagon officials say without investment China could have greater influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The Pentagon has been beating its drum for increased government spending on research and development for several years so the US can maintain its military advantage over China in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Military Wants New Technologies To Fight Drones

As many as 30,000 unmanned aerial vehicles will be darkening America’s skies by 2020, according Todd Humphreys of the University of Texas at Austin. They could be engineered to carry dangerous payloads or simply used as weapons. It’s an area that has attracted increasing Pentagon focus.

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