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McLeod: Air Force History Marked by Innovation

The Air Force has always relied on technology, and that will not change in the future, McLeod said. He compared the challenges facing the service to those facing industry leaders like Apple, where innovation quickly makes today's triumph yesterday's news.

Congress must modernize defense with innovation and intelligence

The United States and its allies are facing an era of unprecedented uncertainty and change. Across the globe, we are seeing the development and proliferation of advanced military technologies and disruptive warfare techniques that mean we can no longer take our military superiority and effectiveness for granted.

Hagel: US needs to maintain military superiority

"We are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and in space -- not to mention cyberspace -- can no longer be taken for granted," said Hagel. "And while the United States continues to maintain a decisive military and technological edge over any potential adversary, our continued superiority is not a given."

Hagel To Challenge Defense Industry to Innovate

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday is expected to challenge the defense industry to innovate by developing new technologies, operational concepts and procurement methods, according to defense officials.

Locklear: Navy tech, legacy fleet must 'bend' to meet future threats

Scientific innovators will need to “bend” elements of the Navy’s current technology to meet the force’s future needs, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told a group of international scientists and defense engineers meeting Tuesday in Honolulu.

New Obama plan calls for implanted computer chips to help U.S. troops heal

Obama did not reference the new program directly in his speech Tuesday at the American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C.  In a joint fact sheet released by the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, the agencies said DARPA will start a new $78.9 million, five-year research program “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy

Students with a background in STEM courses have the opportunity in the Navy to work with some of the most awe-inspiring ships, submarines, aircraft and communications systems, develop unmanned vehicles and robotics that keep people out of harm’s way, and pioneer advances in everything from nuclear propulsion to biofuels or medical research. A STEM-related career in the Navy provides almost limitless possibilities for leadership and relevant experience.

Metal Exoskeleton To Be Tested By US Navy

The US Navy is testing two metal exoskeletons which could help its ship maintenance crews to hold heavy tools without getting fatigued. The load-bearing devices were developed by contractor Lockheed Martin and will now be tested and evaluated by the military.

Obama defense cuts jeopardize U.S. tech edge

Amid the rising threat of the Islamic State jihadist group and increased cooperation between Russia and China, military experts are warning the Obama administration’s $1 trillion cut in defense spending will put U.S. military forces at a serious technological disadvantage.

US military targets revolutionary new tank designs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program called Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) which aims to revolutionize mechanized warfare. Since tanks made their combat debut during the First World War, more protection has typically meant adding more armor.

US troops beat the heat with new personal AC units

Military aircrews may no longer have to choose between staying safe and staying cool. The U.S. Army's new personal cooling systems, worn underneath body armor, can help troops beat the heat, without removing their protective gear.

DOE to fund $55 million in vehicle efficiency, electric vehicle projects

Nineteen of the projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce plug-in electric vehicle prices to the level of combustion vehicles by 2022.

DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers to Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

According to written and recorded statements from current and former DARPA program managers, as well as other government documents, the DARPA-funded educational video games developed at the CGS have a purpose beyond the pretense of teaching elementary school children STEM skills. Instead, the games developed at CGS have had the primary purpose of using grade-school children as test subjects to develop and improve “adaptive learning” training technology for the military.

No More Solitude: How To Make DoD the Next Google

Despite repeated attempts at driving collaboration inside the Pentagon, across government, and with our allies, DoD remains resistant to fostering the collaborative environment needed to access innovation trends shaping the technology landscape. It is within this context that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering has released new guidance aimed at driving DoD technology collaboration with allied partners, entitled International S&T Engagement Strategy.

University of Maryland opens drone test site

University of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace. The long-planned site is to be based near Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland.

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