Alion Awarded $73 Million Task Order to Provide Joint Training Synthetic Environment Research and Development

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $73 million task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Joint Training Synthetic Environment (JTSE) Research and Development (R&D) for Joint Staff J7, Deputy Director Joint Training (JS J7 DDJT) Environment Architecture Division (EAD). Alion was awarded this contract under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. These DoD IAC MAC task orders (TOs) are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the DTIC repository and the R&D and S&T community.

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“We are dedicated to our continued customer partnership to develop joint virtual environments to prepare for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2),” said Katie Selbe, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Alion’s Cyber Network Solutions Group. “Alion has a deep understanding of the JTSE program and its requirements. Our team has been at the forefront of developing Joint Synthetic Training Environments for over 20 years and provides a seamless transition for on-going capability development.”

The JTSE is one of the critical enablers that supports the delivery of trained, capable, and interoperable Joint Forces. The scope of this effort includes providing a full range of application design, development, and integration efforts to modernize the technical architecture supporting joint forces training exercises. The architecture must enable the use of current technologies to assist with information management as well as an evolutionary transition from the Joint, Live, Virtual and Constructive (JLVC) Federation to a data-centric, web-based single digital environment that supports collaborative exercise planning and execution.

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The DoD IAC program operates as a part of Defense Technical Information Center and provides technical data management and research

The bipartisan House task force on America’s future defense is path-breaking

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Late last month, a bipartisan congressional task force issued a timely report that, apart from purely security-oriented outlets, received far less media coverage than it deserved. Congressional bipartisanship has become virtually an oxymoron in the current political climate. Nevertheless, Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee Task Force on the Future of Defense were able to come together to produce a serious, thought-provoking essay that focuses on implementing a defense strategy that is responsive to the threats that will confront America far into the future, indeed as far as the end of this century.

Many of the task force’s proposals have been outlined in previous studies and in congressional testimony. They include a greater focus on funding and developing advanced technologies and incorporating them into military systems and structures; concluding a new arms control agreement with Russia; and controlling the leakage of technology by expanding the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s (CFIUS) purview and the scope of Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) legislation.

Similarly, as others have done, the report called for revitalizing — indeed, “modernizing” — America’s relationships with allies, partners and friends. It went even further, however, by calling on Washington to establish “new alliances to meet emerging threats.” Whether the United States can do so is an open question, not merely because Washington has walked away from a host of international agreements in the past several years, but also because states have become chary about formalizing alliance relationships. On the other hand, America certainly can deepen its political and military ties to friendly countries, in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, as it has done with Sweden, Finland and Singapore in recent years. 

The report recognizes that America’s security fundamentally depends on a civilian and military workforce that is open to innovation

Task force: U.S. must prioritize AI in race to defend against Russia, China

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A bipartisan congressional task force this week recommended that the Department of Defense prioritize investing in artificial intelligence, supply chain resiliency and cyberwarfare in order to deal with imminent threats from China and Russia.

The Future of Defense Task Force, chaired by Reps. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Jim Banks, R-Ind., on Tuesday released an 87-page report pointing out the vulnerabilities in U.S. national security and recommending how to fix them.

Banks said in a statement that the Pentagon needs to innovate to ensure the United States maintains its global military supremacy, and the report was the roadmap to do it.

“This report details a vision of the future of defense–specifically a smart, whole-of-nation strategy addressing the rise of China,” he said.

The U.S. economic and military dominance post-Cold War has been reduced in recent years, the report said. China is expected to soon overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy, and despite historic defense spending, the United States has failed to keep pace with China’s and Russia’s military modernization.

“If we fail to act on this plan, the world order will shift from one that favors democracy to one that favors authoritarianism,” Moulton said.

The Future of Defense Task Force was launched last October to examine how to maintain the Pentagon’s technological edge against Russia and China.

Advancements in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, quantum computing and space, cyber, and electronic warfare are making traditional battlefields and boundaries increasingly irrelevant, according to the report. The United States also remains vulnerable to increasing cyberattacks against civilian populations.

“Using the Manhattan Project as a model, the United States must undertake and win the artificial intelligence race by leading in the invention and deployment of AI while establishing the standards for its public and private use,” the report said.

It recommends that all

General Dynamics Information Technology awarded $306 million Department of Veterans Affairs task order to modernize benefits claims processing

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RESTON, Va., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today it was awarded the File Conversion Services task order under the Veterans Intake, Conversion, and Communication Services (VICCS) program by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA). The single award under the VICCS indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is valued at $306 million over five years.

Under the task order, GDIT will leverage managed services and artificial intelligence to digitally convert historical veteran records, automate data extraction of existing records and process Official Military Personnel File requests in support of veteran benefits claims processing. The modernization of the VA’s military service recordkeeping will enable the VBA to more rapidly process and award veterans’ claims for disability, housing, education, loans, pension and several other benefits.

“GDIT is committed to supporting the men and women who have served our country, and we look forward to our continued partnership with the VA,” said Kamal Narang, Vice President and General Manager for GDIT’s Federal Health Sector. “Through this contract, GDIT will completely digitize veteran service and claim records, delivering timely benefits awards to veterans and their families who have earned them.”

GDIT will also accelerate the modernization of legacy veteran records by deploying new digital capabilities and artificial intelligence to automate routine tasks. In addition to improving services for veterans, these solutions will increase cost savings and efficiency to the VBA.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles,

Windows 10 Is Adding a Task Manager Dedicated to Gaming

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Windows 10 is adding a Task Manager widget within the Xbox Game Bar to help you manage your computer’s resources without leaving a game.As spotted by WindowsCentral, the new ‘Resources’ widget lets you monitor which programs are causing the most strain on your computer, assess why your in-game performance may be hitching and close programs quickly without tabbing out. You’ll also be able to see how much load there is on your CPU, RAM, DISK and GPU, much like the traditional Task Manager application. It’s a neat timesaver that means you won’t have to alt-tab or hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE so often to figure out your in-game issues.

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The Windows 10 Task Manager Bar in action.

You can get access to the feature right now by enrolling in the Game Bar – SDK Development app within the Xbox Insider Hub on Windows 10. The Xbox Insider Hub allows Windows and Xbox users to preview new features ahead of their official launch.

If you choose the potentially less stable preview of the Xbox Game Bar, after an update you’ll be able to find the new Task Manager app by clicking the ‘widgets’ hamburger symbol in the top bar after pressing Windows Key + G to initiate the overlay. It’s not yet clear when the feature will be rolled out to all users.

In other Windows 10 news, here’s how to stream Xbox One games to your PC, using the desktop Xbox app.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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