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Pentagon urges industry to innovate, take risks to meet threats

The U.S. Defense Department is expanding its dialogue with weapons makers about emerging threats and potential technology solutions, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday, urging companies to invest in areas such as "big data" and quantum sciences.

New competition launched in development of U.S. military’s ‘Iron Man’ suit

The U.S. military team overseeing the development of a high-tech armor super-suit for elite U.S. Special Operations troops has launched a new competition, pitting private corporations against each other to improve situational awareness for commandos while they are wearing night-vision devices or other optics.

US Navy commissions new amphibious assault vessel USS America

Powered by a hybrid electric propulsion system, the navy's first in a new class of aviation centric amphibious warships will replace the last Tarawa-class amphibious vessel, USS Peleliu (LHA-5), which is scheduled to be decommissioned next year.

Navy's Self-Guided, Unmanned Patrol Boats Make Debut

Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they're protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy's fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen.

U.S. Army and Hispanic Heritage Foundation Renew Partnership to Promote Education and Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The U.S. Army is continuing its partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) as a major supporter of HHF's Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT) program, which provides leadership training and industry-specific workshops to more than 75,000 students and young professionals.

Sikorsky reveals first S-97 Raider helicopter prototype

Sikorsky's record-breaking X2 Demonstrator helicopter may be a museum piece these days, but the technology that went into it is still alive and kicking as the United Technologies subsidiary takes the wraps off the first of its two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes. According to Sikorsky, this event marks the beginning of the armed reconnaissance ‘copter’s flight tests aimed at providing the US Army with its next generation of combat rotorcraft.

Driverless vehicles get smarter as Corps gets lighter

It probably won’t look like Google’s self-driving Prius, but the Marine Corps will soon get a hybrid-electric unmanned prototype vehicle as driverless technology gets more tactical. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory will build that prototype in 2016, said David Dahn, project officer for the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, the lab’s driverless vehicle project.

F-22 fighter makes its first combat appearance over Syria

The plane is one of the country's most expensive—the F-22 program has cost $67 billion and only 188 planes have been built—but U.S. policymakers have been reluctant to use it in combat, in part because its high-end capabilities weren't needed for militant threats that the U.S. has been focused on for the last decade.

F-22’s baptism of fire impresses defense experts

The Air Force's costly and controversial new F-22 Raptor made its public debut during bombing runs over Syria earlier this week and defense experts said they were impressed by the first glimpse of its lethal firepower.

The history of the Predator, the drone that changed the world (Q&A)

The Predator is no great flying machine -- it can easily be overtaken or shot down by anyone with the ability to get close to it. But it offered its controllers the opportunity to surveil, or attack, a target on the other side of the world with no danger to an American military asset other than the unmanned drone itself.

Pentagon program seeks to retain U.S.’s technological edge against foreign rivals

Concerned that America is losing its technological edge as defense budgets shrink, the Pentagon is launching a new initiative to encourage industry innovation. The Defense Department plans to make greater use of prototypes in future research and development efforts, develop technology incrementally and encourage companies to experiment more.

U.S. air force seeks funding for space surveillance satellites

General John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, told the annual Air Force Association conference the satellites would be a relatively inexpensive follow-on to the Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite built by Boeing Co.

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate panel finds

The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year.

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.

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