Refueling Over Afghanistan? There’s An App For That
Aviation Week
December 01, 2017
DIUx partnered with the Air Force to develop “Jigsaw” to increase efficiencies in tanker planning. Due to Jigsaw, three or four fewer tanker crews are needed to complete the mission each day. The software also allows planners to create models and simulate real-life scenarios.
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Defense Secretary Mattis Sees Growth for Silicon Valley Defense Unit
Reuters
August 10, 2017
“There is no doubt in my mind that DIUx will not only continue to exist, it will actually grow in its influence and its impact on the Department of Defense,” Mattis told reporters during brief remarks at DIUx. Mattis said DIUx would help the U.S. military become "more capable of defending our experiment that is called the United States of America.”
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Defense Secretary James Mattis Envies Silicon Valley’s AI Ascent
Wired
August 10, 2017
“The bottom line is we’ll get better at integrating advances in AI that are being taken here in the Valley into the US military,” he said. There is another bottom line to consider. The Trump administration’s proposed budget would increase funding for DIUx, which might help fulfill Mattis' dreams of an AI acceleration.
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Pentagon's Silicon Valley Unit Helps Target Terrorists
Bloomberg
August 09, 2017
U.S. pilots flying combat sorties against ISIS and al-Qaeda offshoots may soon be directed to hit “pop-up” targets -- such as fleeing vehicles, ambushes and attempts to plant roadside bombs -- through streamlined planning tools crafted in Silicon Valley.
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The US Is Funding Silicon Valley’s Space Industry to Spot North Korean Missiles before They Fly
Quartz
August 02, 2017
The US doesn’t have the information it needs to stop an attack by North Korea. But it knows where to get it, thanks to a small unit within the Department of Defense that works like a Silicon Valley investment firm.
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