NewsBrief: March 29, 2024

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Cost Estimating NewsBrief: March 29, 2024

DOD’s emerging tech experiments will continue to support CJADC2, official says

The Pentagon’s Global information Dominance Experiment — or GIDE — series last year paved the way for the department to roll out the initial version of its effort to streamline communication between combatant commands, a Department of Defense official said on Tuesday. During a discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank on Tuesday, Colonel Matthew Strohmeyer — experiment director for GIDE — said DOD’s push to develop a new approach to “warfighting for the 21st century” was made possible by the series’ experimentation with artificial intelligence, machine learning capabilities and other technologies to enhance communication and streamline data sharing. Read More

UK Government Issues Action Plan for eVTOL and UAS Operations

The UK government has pledged to back industry stakeholders in facilitating the launch of passenger-carrying, piloted eVTOL air services in 2026, with autonomous flights to be trialed by 2030. These ambitions are spelled out in the UK Future of Flight Action Plan, published by the Department for Transport (DfT) on March 18. The document also envisages a demonstration of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) uncrewed aircraft systems in non-segregated airspace this year. The UK government wants to see BVLOS operations expanded through 2027, when it says they should be “routine in integrated airspace at scale.” Read More

France’s Pioneering Role in Strengthening European Space Security

(Space War)
In the recent decade, the international landscape of space has undergone significant transformations with over 90 countries participating, commercial firms launching satellites regularly, and at least 12 nations establishing military space organizations. Amidst this global evolution, European countries, led by France, have intensified their focus on space security, aligning with their national security agendas. Read More

DIU launches first AUKUS prize challenge focused on electromagnetic spectrum

(Breaking Defense)
The Defense Innovation Unit announced today it is launching the first prize challenge among the three AUKUS nations with a focus on electromagnetic spectrum capabilities and plans to select winning companies later this year. “The trilateral problem statement calls for capabilities that will allow us to leverage EMS technologies for both offensive and defensive purposes,” DIU, the Pentagon’s research and development agency known as being a conduit to Silicon Valley, said in a statement. Read More

More guardrails needed for any potential agency relocations, federal advocates say

(Federal News Network)
After a few agency relocations in 2019 led to major staff attrition, federal employee advocates are now calling for clearer guardrails to try to prevent similar negative outcomes in the future. The Office of Personnel Management should take the lead on implementing stricter guidelines around any potential agency relocations, according to a recent petition for proposed rulemaking from non-profit, non-partisan organization Democracy Forward. Read More

University Teams Selected as Finalists to Envision New Aviation Responses to Natural Disasters

Eight teams participating in the 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies: Advancing Aviation for Natural Disasters Competition have been selected to present their design concepts to a panel of industry experts at the 2024 Blue Skies Forum, May 30 and 31, 2024 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Sponsored by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), this year’s Blue Skies Competition asked teams of university students to research and conceptualize aviation-related systems that will aid in natural disaster management, and to submit a five to seven-page proposal and a video summarizing their concept. Read More

Mayo Clinic’s Healthy Model for AI Success

(MIT Sloan Management Review)
In 2022, we argued in the MIT Sloan Management Review AI in Action series that Mayo Clinic was probably the most aggressive adopter of AI among U.S. health care providers. Today, it’s time to review some of the factors that have made this health system successful with AI and its underlying components. One key: Mayo Clinic staff members see the data and AI team as enablers, not gatekeepers. Read More

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