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Harvest Reaper Begins Testing with Agile Pod - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A year of cutting-edge technology development and prototyping by Air Force Research Laboratory teams has culminated in a series of flight demonstrations as part of the Sensors Directorate Blue Guardian “Project Harvest Reaper.” AFRL’s AgilePod has embarked on a series of flight tests aboard … Continue reading
Ohio is a New Tech Hotbed? - Ohio? Oh. Looking for a tech job? It’s no longer, California, here I come, ZipRecruiter reports. You might want to move to Ohio instead. The job search site ranked the top 20 fastest-growing tech markets. Huntsville, Ala., topped the list with 300 percent growth, Money reported. Second was Thousand Oaks, … Continue reading
Ohio Lands ~$500M in VC Funding Last Year! - Nearly half a billion dollars in venture capital was invested in Ohio startups last year even as those investments nationally declined, according to a new report. More than $470 million was invested into 210 Ohio companies in 2016 — continuing a trend that has seen a 26 percent increase in … Continue reading
AFRL has a new executive director - Air Force Research Laboratory has named a new top civilian leader, completing a new lineup of its top three leaders. Jack Blackhurst, director of the Plans and Programs Directorate and director of the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Directorate, has been named executive director of AFRL, the base announced. Blackhurst … Continue reading
Strategic Capabilities Office Director Discusses the Future of Warfare - Will Roper, the director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, speaks with WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson about the ways that robots, artificial intelligence, and new weapons will shape the future of warfare. They will discuss the latest inventions to come to the Defense Department, as well as the … Continue reading
Rapid Prototyping is the Secret to Success - The secretive Pentagon organization in charge of turning existing weapons systems into new warfighting concepts says it has a perfect track record so far: the military services have accepted all six of the technologies the Strategic Capabilities Office has offered up to date, a success rate its leaders say is … Continue reading
Navy Railgun Ramps Up in Test Shots - PENTAGON: Consider 35 pounds of metal moving at Mach 5.8. Ten shots per minute. 1,000 shots before the barrel wears out under the enormous pressures. That’s the devastating firepower the Navy railgun program aims to deliver in the next two years, and they’re well on their way. “We continue to … Continue reading
After the OODA Loop - The F-35A excelled at the Red Flag exercises at Nellis AFB this year, leaving advocates of traditional fighter aircraft design and performance shaking their heads. The 13 F-35As faced the most advanced aggressor aircraft and simulated threats available and the Joint Strike Fighter’s performance “far exceeded expectations,” Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. … Continue reading
Compass Call Upgrade Status - It’s one of the lesser-known — but also one of the most important — weapons in the fight against the Islamic State: The EC-130H Compass Call, a suite of complex communication-jamming systems, stuffed into aging cargo planes that date back to the Vietnam War.But over the next dozen years, the … Continue reading
EPAWS Completes Successful CDR - In February, Boeing completed a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS). This review follows BAE Systems’ CDR of the system’s electronic warfare (EW) suite that was completed at the end of 2016 in Nashua, New Hampshire. “The EPAWSS Critical Design Review is an … Continue reading
Wright Patt hosts the final Doolittle Raid reunion - On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Today, just one of the men … Continue reading
MQ-9 Drops JDAM - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing and the 26th Weapons Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., made history earlier this week, by employing the first GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition from an MQ-9 Reaper. While the JDAM has been around since the … Continue reading
MQ-1 Predator Retires - For the past 21 years the Air Force has flown the MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft in combat, and for the last 10, the MQ-9 Reaper. Combined with a skilled aircrew, these aircraft provide consistent support in daily engagements making an impact downrange. While the MQ-1 has provided many years … Continue reading
Air Force Spends $498M with Ohio Small Businesses in 2016 - Small businesses got a huge boost from the Air Force last fiscal year, but uncertainty in the federal budget means no one is too sure yet if the trend will continue. Spending on small businesses by the Air Force Materiel Command reached a record $5.4 billion nationally in the 2016 … Continue reading
SRC wins $65 million Army anti-drone contract - WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Army has awarded  a $65 million contract to SRC Inc. of Cicero to develop a system that can detect and defeat one of the newest threats on the battlefield — small, slow and low-flying drones. SRC said it will immediately hire at least 50 engineers at … Continue reading
Wright-Patt groups boost spending with Dayton companies - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is drawing a heavier impact in Dayton as its top research organizations have dramatically increased the money they spend with Dayton businesses in recent years. The latest numbers, provided by the base and the Dayton Development Coalition, paint the picture of a multi-faceted anchor that is … Continue reading
AFRL’s AgilePod Heads to Flight Test - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The ability to adapt a mission at a moment’s notice is a key tenet of the Air Force drive for flexibility in air power. For warfighters in the intelligence community, a new, Lego-like pod prototype expects to make that flexibility even easier on the … Continue reading
Wright-Patt in line for $1.1 billion in new funding - The 2017 defense budget, headed to President Barack Obama’s desk, supports millions in proposed construction and a billion-plus for development programs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, which has been passed by Congress, includes about $1.1 billion for defense research and development projects and … Continue reading
Heritage Foundation 2017 Index of US Military Strength - The United States maintains a military force primarily to protect the homeland from attack and to protect its interests abroad. There are secondary uses—for example, to assist civil authorities in times of disaster or to deter opponents from threatening America’s interests—but this force’s primary purpose is to make it possible … Continue reading
Good Times for FPGA Enthusiasts - The prospect of FPGA-powered supercomputing has never looked brighter. The availability of more performant chips, the maturation of the OpenCL toolchain, the acquisition of Altera by Intel, and the world’s largest deployment of FPGAs in the datacenter by Microsoft, suggest that reconfigurable computing may finally fulfill its promise as a … Continue reading

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