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How the Office of Naval Research hopes to revolutionize manufacturing | C4ISRNET

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WASHINGTON — The Office of Naval Research awarded Lockheed Martin Oct. 1 a two-year, $5.8 million contract to explore how machine learning and artificial intelligence can make complex 3-D printing more reliable and save hours of tedious post-production inspections. In today’s factories, 3-D printing parts requires persistent monitoring by specialists to ensure intricate parts are produced without impurities and imperfections ... Read More »

New or old military retirement system? Take this survey about how and why you made your choice. | Military Times

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If you’re among the 1.6 million service members who are eligible to choose between the old or new retirement systems, an advocacy organization wants you to take a survey about why you made the choice. Service members eligible to opt in to the new Blended Retirement System or stay with the legacy system are active duty members who had fewer than 12 years of service — ... Read More »

Busting rocks in jail?’: New Marine correctional unit goes against stereotype with mindfulness and goal setting | Stars and Stripes

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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Pvt. Colton Cornelius and Lance Cpl. Wellington Daniels have made mistakes. The two III Marine Expeditionary Force Marines drew the ire of their commanders recently for minor alcohol-related infractions while stationed on the tiny southern Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa. But leadership determined they were valuable to their units and should be given another chance rather ... Read More »

Billionaire Ocean Explorer, Philanthropist Paul Allen Dies | USNI News

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, billionaire philanthropist and ocean explorer who helped find several lost World War II warships, died on Monday. Allen, 65, died following a fight with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that was first diagnosed in 2009. In an announcement two weeks ago, Allen said his cancer had returned and he had vowed to seek treatment for the disease. Allen co-founded software ... Read More »

Reported L3, Harris merger would create seventh largest defense firm in the world | Defense News

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WASHINGTON — A reported merger between L3 and Harris would create the seventh-largest defense company in the world, one which could become a prohibitive favorite for military communication contracts coming from the Pentagon. The potential deal, first reported Saturday by the Wall Street Journal, would be positioned as a merger of two equals as opposed to one buying the other outright. ... Read More »

New bonuses target senior Marine special operators | Marine Corps Times

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Marine special operators with nearly twenty years of service are the latest target of the Corps’ great bonus giveaway. According to a forcewide message disseminated by the Corps on Wednesday, critical skill operators, or elite special operators with the Marine Raiders, who are E-7 and above and have 20 years of active service can net a $50,000 bonus with a four-year reenlistment. ... Read More »

Why the Social Security number needs a digital update | Fifth Domain

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The paper Social Security card has been a staple of American life for nearly a century, but researchers say this bedrock of federal identification is due for a digital update in the face of clever cybercriminals. “Modernizing the [Social Security number] gives the U.S. an opportunity to fix one of the internet’s most pressing problems: authentication,” according to an October report from ... Read More »

Has combat arms gender integration been successful? The Army will let you know in 2020. | Army Times

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It’s been two years since the Army first started accepting women into its infantry, armor, fire support specialist and special operator communities, and, so far, hundreds have volunteered to be among the first. In late September, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a group of Virginia Military Institute students that he wasn’t ready to give the effort a passing grade. The Army is also withholding an opinion. ... Read More »

Everything you need to know about tuition assistance, by service | Military Times Reboot Camp

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Did you know that you can earn a degree in the military without spending a penny of your own money and without using up any of your GI Bill benefits? Through a benefit called tuition assistance, or TA, active-duty service members can take classes in pursuit of a college degree on the military’s dime. TA covers $250 per semester hour, ... Read More »

Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year | Army Times

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Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interestrecruiting program was put on hold in 2016 amid concerns that ... Read More »