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ONR at 75: Virtual Anniversary Event to Highlight Future of Naval Power

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On Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., senior naval and congressional leaders will participate in a special Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored virtual event to discuss "The Future of Warfare." Held in honor of ONR's 75th anniversary, the event is titled "ONR at 75: Reimagine Naval Power." It will feature remarks from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, and from the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Hon. A panel discussion will follow, featuring two members of the U.S. Congress-Rep. The panel, titled "The Future of Warfare," will be led by Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby.


Research on beards, wads of gum wins 2021 Ig Nobel prizes

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Beards aren't just cool and trendy -- they might also be an evolutionary development to help protect a man's delicate facial bones from a punch to the face. That's the conclusion of a trio of scientists from the University of Utah who are among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes, the Nobel Prize spoofs that honor -- or maybe dishonor, depending on your point of view -- strange scientific discoveries. The winners of the 31st annual Ig Nobels being announced Thursday included researchers who figured out how to better control cockroaches on U.S. Navy submarines; animal scientists who looked at whether it's safer to transport an airborne rhinoceros upside-down; and a team that figured out just how disgusting that discarded gum stuck to your shoe is. For the second year in a row, the ceremony was a roughly 90-minute prerecorded digital event because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, said Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the event's primary sponsor. While disappointing in many ways because half the fun of a live ceremony is the rowdy audience participation, the ceremony retained many in-person traditions.


Rigging For AI: How The US Navy Embraces Digital And Masters AI With Brett Vaughan, Chief AI Officer And AI Portfolio Manager At The Office Of Naval Research

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Artificial intelligence is proving essential to enhancing and accelerating modern military forces and the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeing the advantage AI can provide to maintain dominance over increasingly capable adversaries. In 2019 Brett Vaughan became the Navy Chief AI Officer and AI Portfolio Manager at the Office of Naval Research to further take advantage of the strategic value AI can provide. Brett has 30 years of Defense Intelligence and Technology expertise with strengths in military support, strategic communications, GEOINT, Naval Intelligence and Navy R&D allowing him to bring his diverse background to this role to help shape the Navy's current and future plans for AI use, as well as AI development and adoption. The potential of AI is almost infinite, since anything involving data and information has the potential for AI applications. However, the US Navy has limited resources, and pursuing every possible path of AI development is not a viable option.


AI system could help protect health of US Navy divers

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Researchers in the US have received funding to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can help protect divers from waterborne bacteria, …


'Roswell: The Final Verdict' Review: Aliens vs. Artificial Intelligence

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The recent emergence of U.S. Navy videos of UFOs--and the fact that the government is addressing them seriously--will no doubt generate larger than average buzz around "Roswell: The Final Verdict," although the title suggests something like "Final Destination 6": Will the question of intergalactic life ever really be resolved until extraterrestrials can walk comfortably among us? "Final Verdict" is hooked to the 74th anniversary of the incidents at Roswell. It's safe to expect similar celebrations next year. Meanwhile, this Discovery production is an ambitious if somewhat overheated summing-up of what happened near the New Mexico city in 1947, the stuff of both scientific speculation and folklore: Did the government cover up the crash landing of an alien spaceship, replete with otherworldly visitors? Or did the "witnesses" who claimed that it all happened construct an elaborate hoax?


Navy budget proposes research for 'bio-inspired' sea-air vessels, platforms, robots: report

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The U.S. Navy is looking to develop drones that work in both the sea and air. Several unclassified documents uploaded under the military branch's budget materials for 2022 mention the Navy's ongoing research for the dual-purpose technology, according to The Drive. Moreover, the news outlet reported that researchers and engineers for the Navy are working on "biocentric" projects that take inspiration from aquatic and airborne animals. In a 546-page budget estimate submitted for the fiscal year of 2022, the Navy states it aims to advance research into amphibious tactical support units and assault vehicles.


Navy Aims to Fast-Track Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning to Maintain Dominance - Seapower

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Like a bolt from the blue, the Navy has a new modernization priority -- Project Overmatch, a campaign to accelerate delivery of artificial intelligence, machine learning and tools needed to allow the fleet to disperse forces, mass fires, integrate unmanned ships and, in the view of service leaders, maintain maritime dominance in the future. The project aims to begin delivering the Naval Operational Architecture (NOA), a lackluster name for a breathtaking effort whose results will determine nothing less than the service's future ability to establish and sustain sea control by integrating network infrastructure, data and analytic tools to provide decision-advantage in a fight. "Beyond recapitalizing our undersea nuclear deterrent, there is no higher developmental priority in the U.S. Navy," Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday wrote in Oct. 1, 2020, memo to Rear Adm. Douglas Small establishing Project Overmatch. "Your goal is to enable a Navy that swarms the sea, delivering synchronized lethal and nonlethal effects from near and far, every axis and every domain." Small, who in addition to heading Project Overmatch is head of Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, was further tasked by the CNO "to develop the networks, infrastructure, data architecture, tools, and analytics that support the operational and developmental environment that will enable our sustained maritime dominance." The two-star admiral says he has committed the memo to memory and, for good measure, carries a copy at all times.


'Siri, Find Me A Russian Submarine,' U.S. Navy Asks

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Virtual assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's AMZN Alexa have become popular technological helpers. Ask a virtual assistant to find a restaurant or tell you today's weather, a soothing AI voice obligingly responds. So why not a virtual assistant to help the U.S. Navy find Russian and Chinese submarines? The Navy wants a virtual assistant -- like the ones found on consumer smartphones -- to help overloaded sonar operators manage multiple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) systems. In particular, active sonar on Navy cruisers and destroyers come with a variety of settings.


Opinion: Artificial Intelligence's Military Risks, Potential

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Former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II, of Little Compton, lays out the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party in his recent book, "The Great Nightfall." With the emerging priority of artificial intelligence (AI), China is shifting away from a strategy of neutralizing or destroying an enemy's conventional military assets -- its planes, ships and army units. AI strategy is now evolving into dominating what are termed adversaries' "systems-of-systems" -- the combinations of all their intelligence and conventional military assets. What China would attempt first is to disable all of its adversaries' information networks that bind their military systems and assets. It would destroy individual elements of these now-disaggregated forces, probably with missiles and naval strikes.


New Navy destroyer-fired laser will change maritime war

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. When the Navy is ready to deploy a new 60kw ship-fired laser weapon from a destroyer later this year, maritime attack strategy and tactics will enter new dimensions of massive warfare on the open seas. Later this year, the Navy reports, the emerging High-Energy Laser with Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) will arm an Arleigh Burke Flight IIA DDG 51 destroyer, following additional land and ocean testing and assessments. This means that Navy destroyers will operate with the ability to incinerate enemy drones with great precision at the speed of light, stunning, burning or simply disabling them.