While the US military has “tons of really good information on the adversary” that can be used to teach future artificial intelligence systems about enemy targets, it actually lacks the necessary data about its own forces, says Col. Enrique Oti, head of the Air Force’s key software innovation hub Kessel Run. Until the Defense Department gets that data on itself, he said, there’s a host of AI applications out of reach.
There will be 14 early adopters of the Pentagon’s controversial new enterprise-wide general-purpose cloud, Defense Department CIO Dana Deasy said Dec. 12. Deasy, speaking at the AFCEA NOVA Air Force IT Day, said parties eyeing a move to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud are US Transportation Command, Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, and the Navy.
The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research program has released a new list of topics for companies to submit proposals. On the wish list for the next round of SBIR bids are technologies for operations far beyond geosynchronous Earth orbit, near the moon’s orbit.
Rocket Lab plans to launch a research and development microsatellite mission for the US Air Force in the first half of 2020 on the first flight from the company’s new launch facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, officials announced Dec. 12.
Efforts to suck greenhouse gases from the atmosphere would get a boost from the House version of the 2020 defense authorization bill, which requires the Defense Department and other federal agencies to create a program to turn carbon in the air and seas into fuel or other products of military use.
A defense spending bill that's close to clearing Congress is getting praise from members of New Mexico's congressional delegation, who say it includes some relief for communities affected by contamination at Air Force bases in the state and elsewhere around the country.
DOD Releases 2020 Rates for Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Subsistence, and Basic Pay
The Defense Department has released the 2020 Rates for Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Subsistence, and Basic Pay. These rates will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 2.8%, Basic Allowance for Subsistence rates will increase 0.9%, and Basic Pay will increase 3.1% over the entire force.
Reservists and National Guard members could soon see expanded access to Tricare for some troops, the return of some benefits after certain deployments, and help for students through an annual defense spending deal brokered on Capitol Hill this week.
Randall Schriver, the Defense Department’s top policy official for Asia, has left the Pentagon. Schriver, who has served as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs since January 2018, is exiting the government to return to private life, according to chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
A top defense official sexually harassed three female staffers before ultimately resigning from his post last April, according to a report from the Pentagon Inspector General's office released on Dec. 12. The official, Guy Roberts, was the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs—as well as a former Marine Corps infantry officer, judge advocate, and staff officer.
“988 has an echo of the 911 number we all know as an emergency number,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said as the mandate was under consideration at the agency’s December open meeting. “We believe that this 3-digit number dedicated for this purpose will help ease access to crisis services, it will reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately, it will save lives.”