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General Jack Shanahan has retired from the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

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Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan spent his last day as the Pentagon's top AI official last Friday. Shanahan officially retired from the military's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), which he helped to establish back in 2018. In a virtual event on Friday, Shanahan told viewers that the JAIC is expanding its AI to tackle not just humanitarian efforts like disaster assistance, but faster communications during warfighting. He said the military must move faster to incorporate AI into warfare and national security.

GSA Awards 7-Year Light Tactical Vehicle Contract to Polaris

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The United States Special Operations Forces have a new light tactical vehicle: the Polaris MRZR Alpha. Following a competitive bid process, General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a follow-on contract to Polaris Government and Defense, a division of global powersports leader Polaris Inc., for the Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV). The MRZR Alpha supports U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) requirements for durability, performance, payload profile and internal air transportability. “Polaris has had the privilege of providing vehicles to USSOCOM since 2005 and we take a great deal of pride in delivering and supporting the current LTATV,” said Jed Leonard, vice president, Polaris Government and Defense. “USSOCOM and GSA provided industry with clear and early communication of requirements – we listened, we invested and we are honored another MRZR will be available for U.S. Special Operations.” The MRZR Alpha is Polaris’ 11th military vehicle produced in 12 ...

WFEL receives US Department of Defense Contract

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WFEL, leading supplier of rapidly deployable military bridging systems, has been awarded another contract by the US Department of Defense to upgrade a further tranche of DSB Dry Support Bridges already in-service with the US Army.   This contract allows 20 more DSBs to be enhanced, increasing gap-crossing capabilities from 40 metres to 46 metres.  The deal follows on from a previous US Army contract for the upgrading of 60 Dry Support Bridges. The U.S Army holds around 120 Dry Support Bridges in inventory and this upgrade package - developed with US Army Tank Automotive Command Centre (TACOM) - allows its original 40-metre DSBs to achieve the new standard capability.   Since 2013, all WFEL Dry Support Bridges supplied have been 46 metre variants.  Already adopted by Australia, Switzerland and Turkey, this military bridging solution has recently been evaluated under an Assessment Phase contract as ...

Transtector Launches New Line of Stainless Steel NEMA-Rated Equipment Enclosures

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Transtector Systems, an Infinite Electronics brand and an industry-leading provider of end-to-end power and signal integrity solutions, announced today that it has expanded its existing line of NEMA-rated, weatherproof equipment enclosures with the addition of a new series of stainless steel models. These new enclosures are perfect for housing and protecting sensitive equipment in harsh environments. Transtector’s new TESS-series stainless steel enclosures feature rugged 16-gauge, brushed 304 stainless steel construction and are available in 12x10x06 and 14x12x07-inch sizes. These new NEMA-rated enclosures are ideal for use in wireless networks, small cells, utility, industrial and other applications where the need for protecting critical communications equipment is paramount. “We are proud to offer these new stainless steel enclosures as the latest addition to our growing NEMA enclosure product line. The rugged design and stainless steel finish on these enclosures makes them perfect for use in environments ...

GPS celebrates 25th year of operation

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The U.S. Space Force announced (below) today, April 27th, is the 25th anniversary of GPS Full Operational Capability! In a press release, the force noted: On this date in 1995, the system reached full operational capability, meaning the system met all performance requirements.  U.S. Air Force Space Command formally announced the milestone three months later.“This is a major milestone,” Gen. Thomas S. Moorman Jr., former Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, said in 1995. “GPS has become integral to our warfighters and is rapidly becoming a true utility in the civilian community.”Initially developed for the military to meet a critical need for determining precise location on the battlefield, GPS has also become an integral part of technology affecting the lives of billions of people worldwide.“The United States Space Force’s continuing objective for the constellation is to ensure GPS remains the Gold Standard ...

U.S Department of Defense Contracts For April 16, 2020

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NAVY American Electronic Warfare Associates (AMEWAS), California, Maryland (N00019-20-D-0021); BAE Systems, San Diego, California (N00019-20-D-0022); DCS Corp., Alexandria, Virginia (N00019-20-D-0023); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Virginia (N00019-20-D-0024); Perspecta Engineering Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (N00019-20-D-0025); Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, Dulles, Virginia (N00019-20-D-0026); Gnostech,* Warminster, Pennsylvania (N00019-20-D-0027); Long Wave Inc.,* Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (N00019-20-D-0028); Monterey Technologies Inc.,* Park City, Utah (N00019-20-D-0029); SOLUTE Inc.,* San Diego, California (N00019-20-D-0030); Tyonek Engineering and Agile Manufacturing LLC,* Warner Robins, Georgia (N00019-20-D-0031); and Young's Engineering Services LLC and KIHOMAC Inc. JV,* Syracuse, Utah (N00019-20-D-0032), are awarded $497,500,000 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts.  The Strike Planning and Execution Systems hardware and software development and sustainment multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract includes development, integration, test and evaluation, deployment/delivery, modifications and operations/sustainment of hardware and software products supporting both domestic and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Specific work locations will be determined ...