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Time Frame Set for US Tech Initiative

The long-range research-and-development initiative recently touted by top Pentagon leadership to help counter advances being made by potential adversaries is still taking shape, but now there is at least a tentative timeline. A team being run by Stephen Welby, deputy assistant secretary of defense for systems engineering, is leading the effort and will spend the next six months looking at proposals from the defense industry and commercial firms to determine which ideas deserve further scrutiny and, potentially, investment.

Innovative Solutions Needed to Spur Innovation

Speaking on the final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Adm. Harry B. Harris, USN, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, emphasized the importance of innovation in maintaining U.S. military superiority. "The best way to [maintain superiority] is to play to our strengths—American ingenuity and innovation," he said. "By turning our best and brightest loose, there's no challenge we can't meet.

Pentagon Launches New Future Weapons Research Effort

Described as an effort to create a new technological offset strategy like that which the U.S. pursued in the 1950s and 1980s, the Long Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, involves a solicitation to industry, academia, and small business to begin enterprising ideas on areas of focus for new weapons and technology research and development.

Preserving U.S. Military Might: How to Make the Third Offset Strategy a Success

In a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library on November 15th, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel introduced the Defense Innovation Initiative or DII, a set of projects some have dubbed the “Third Offset Strategy.” Hagel challenged his department and the greater defense community to devise technologies and concepts that will ensure that U.S. military forces retain, as Hagel described, “the ability to project power rapidly across oceans and continents by surging aircraft, ships, troops and supplies.

Bill would help vets complete STEM studies

Students who use the Post-9/11 GI Bill would receive an extra nine months of benefits if they pursue a degree in one of the STEM fields, according to congressional documents and a news release. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., introduced the legislation Wednesday.

DoD Solicits Public Input on Strategies to Drive Military Innovation

The U.S. Defense Department wants to engage industry, universities and the general public to identify methods for the agency to incorporate technology into future military strategies, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Ahead of Barack Obama visit: India, US to start discussion on defense technology, production from Monday

India and the United States will discuss defense technology transfer and joint defense production in Delhi from Monday, in the first major political-military dialogue in the run-up to US President Barack Obama's visit to India as chief guest at Republic Day next month.

Breakdown of U.S. Defense and Non-Defense R&D - Charts

This week's resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel casts a shadow over his planned innovation initiative. But at least one of those mentioned as a possible successor, physicist and current Harvard professor Ashton Carter, has a keen interest in R&D. Herewith a picture of where Defense R&D stands -- both within the Pentagon and in comparison with other research agencies -- from a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

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.

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