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The Department of Defense (DOD) has announced awards to 150 university researchers totaling $50 million under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).  These grants will be provided to 85 institutions across 33 states in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. 

DOD has long championed the country’s scientific ecosystem.  Through DURIP, the department supports purchases of major research equipment to augment current and develop new capabilities.  This effort enables universities to perform state-of-the-art research that boosts the United States’ technological edge, while ensuring that our future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce remains second to none.  This year, the awards will support equipment and instrumentation to accelerate basic research, which is relevant across the department to include quantum sciences, materials design, development, and characterization, machine learning, hypersonics, and more.  

“DURIP awards help maintain the cutting-edge capabilities of our universities and provide research infrastructure to enable the most creative scientific minds in the country to extend the boundaries of science and technology,” said Dr. Bindu Nair, Director, Basic Research Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  “The awards will facilitate scientific advances that will drive unparalleled military capabilities for our country and help train our future STEM workforce.”

The annual DURIP award process is highly competitive.  The program is administered through a merit competition jointly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, and Office of Naval Research.  The Department seeks specific proposals from university investigators conducting foundational science and engineering research relevant to national defense. 

For the FY 2021 competition, the Service research offices received 742 proposals requesting $297 million in total funding.  Selections made by the Service research offices are subject to successful completion of negotiations with the academic institutions. 

The list of winning proposals can be downloaded here.

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US Army gets first Infantry Squad Vehicle from GM Defense

WASHINGTON — GM Defense delivered its first Infantry Squad Vehicle to the U.S. Army in an Oct. 27 ceremony at its proving grounds and production facility in Milford, Michigan, just 120 days after being chosen to build the new troop carrier.

The Army awarded the company a $214.3 million contract to produce 649 vehicles by the end of fiscal 2024. The service is planning to procure a total of 2,065 ISVs.

Designed to carry a nine soldier squad, the ISV was specifically put together to be light enough to be sling loaded from a UH-60 Black Hawk and small enough to fit inside a CH-47 Chinook, to provide maximum flexibility for deployment.

GM’s design is based off the company’s 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 midsize truck and uses 90 percent commercial parts including a 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine and performance race components. It also features a custom rollover protection system.

While the first low-rate initial production vehicles — 27 in total — will be built in Michigan, GM has a long-term plan to move its ISV manufacturing to Morrisville, North Carolina, where it is standing up a facility to manage its higher volume ISV production.

The Army first identified a need for a light infantry vehicle in 2015 when its most recent combat vehicle strategy was released, but nothing materialized until Congress forced the Army to launch the competition as part of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act. The Army awarded $1 million contracts to three teams in August 2019 to develop offerings — GM Defense, a team of Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC and an SAIC and Polaris team.

“One hundred and twenty days from contract award to delivery is a significant milestone, and I am very proud of the team for this accomplishment,” David Albritton, president of GM Defense, said in a statement. “We’re leveraging General Motors’ engineering prowess and immense manufacturing capabilities to bring transformative solutions to the military vehicle market. Our initial success with the ISV shows our commitment to our customer and highlights our unique right to win in the military mobility market.”

GM Defense has a “very, very talented team,” Albritton said during the ceremony, and “their innovation, attention to detail, flexibility when incorporating soldier feedback during testing and a magnitude of other factors helped us to win this ISV contract and gives me great hope for how we will tackle other pursuits in the future.”

The first vehicles will be going to the 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, but ultimately 11 IBCTs will be outfitted with 59 vehicles each under the first contract covering the 649 ISVs.

The vehicles are slated to go through tests in the coming year, including further analysis of its air-deployable capability, as well as verification the maintenance manuals are complete. The first unit equipped will take the ISV through an initial operational test and evaluation.

With the success of the ISV, GM Defense is setting its sights on other opportunities with the

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Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty Joins National Defense University Foundation’s Board of Directors

The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation has announced the appointment of Tara Murphy Dougherty to its board of directors. Ms. Murphy Dougherty’s extensive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors will enhance the Foundation’s ongoing support of NDU, the nation’s preeminent education institution for advanced national security strategy and leadership development. As a member of the NDU Foundation Board, she will serve on the Development Committee with a focus on increasing the Foundation’s overall level of partnership, programmatic, and resource support to the esteemed university.

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Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are proud to welcome Tara Murphy Dougherty to our Board of Directors,” said NDU Foundation Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret.). “Tara’s national security expertise, combined with a keen understanding of the emerging technologies and capabilities that will be essential to NDU’s future national security leaders, make her a powerful and transformative addition to our Board.”

“Having been part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now as CEO of Govini, an innovative data science company, Tara understands the opportunities and challenges NDU faces to accelerate cooperation and integration with the private sector on matters critical to national security,” stated James Schmeling J.D., President & CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. “We look forward to working with her as our newest Member of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors.”

Ms. Murphy Dougherty has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and non-profit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies and serving as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“NDU Foundation’s vision and values are inspiring. Bringing together key defense leaders to create cutting-edge learning experiences is a critical component of strengthening our country’s national security goals,” commented Ms. Murphy Dougherty. “I look forward to collaborating with such an accomplished team.”

In addition to Rear Admiral Manazir, NDU Foundation’s board of directors includes defense leaders such as Mr. Robert Spring, Esq., and Lt. General William J. Bender (Ret.) USAF.

About Govini

Govini is a decision science company whose mission is to advance U.S. competitiveness through dynamic data and machine learning.

Govini’s unique dataset and decision science platform are utilized at scale across the OSD, Joint Staff, military departments, and defense agencies to help implement core tenets of the National Defense Strategy. With Govini, DoD’s data scientists and analysts solve challenges pertaining to strategic portfolio analysis, resource analysis, industrial base assessments, science and technology surveillance, and supply chain analysis. These capabilities enable defense leaders to achieve superior innovation and modernization outcomes on shorter timelines and at a lower cost than traditional methods.

Govini has offices in Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Navy’s New Hammerhead Mine – How This Defense Works

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  • The U.S. Navy is reinvesting in sea mines as a means of harassing enemy ships and submarines.
  • The new Hammerhead mine will be placed by unmanned undersea vehicles where they could intercept enemy submarines.
  • Once the mine detects a passing enemy sub, it unleashes a homing torpedo to chase down its prey.

    The U.S. Navy is developing a new sea mine to make the lives of enemy submarines in wartime a lot trickier. The new Hammerhead mine is designed to lie in wait on the seabed floor, listening for the telltale signs of enemy submarines. Once a foe passes over, Hammerhead unleashes a homing torpedo that hunts down and destroys the offending sub.

    Laid in the path of enemy ships, sea mines can slow passage through vital areas or deny transit entirely. Sea mines are also difficult to detect, and the underwater explosions caused by their detonation can cause serious, sometimes fatal damage to a ship’s hull.

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    The damage done by an Iraqi sea mine to the amphibious ship USS Tripoli, 1991.

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    Unglamorous and unmanned, mines don’t receive much publicity, but they’re also more effective than the general public is led to believe. Allied sea mines sank 266 Japanese merchant or naval vessels during World War II—all without endangering a single Allied sailor or airman. Three U.S. Navy warships, the cruiser USS Princeton, frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts, and the amphibious transport USS Tripoli, have been damaged by sea mines since the end of World War II.

    Now, faced with the prospect of naval warfare across the expanse of the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the U.S. Navy is preparing a new generation of sea mines to help box in Russian and Chinese Navy submarines. The new Hammerhead mine is a modular system consisting of a “capsule module (to include the effector), a mooring module, an energy module, a sensor module, a command, control, signal processing and decision module, and a communications module.” The capsule module includes a Mark (Mk.) 54 lightweight hybrid homing torpedo.

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    The heart of the Hammerhead mine is the Mk. 54 anti-submarine torpedo, depicted here in 2014 launching from the deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt.

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    The Navy plans for uncrewed underwater vehicles (XLUUV) such as the new Boeing Orca to plant Hammerhead mines in key locations. It could also deploy mines in key straits and passages, potential battlefields, and other locations.

    Here’s how Hammerhead works. After the XLUUV releases the Hammerhead, the mooring module anchors the mine to the seabed where it might wait days, weeks, or even months for the activation order. Once the command and control module receives the activation order, the sensor module quietly listens for the acoustic signature of approaching enemy submarines, running suspected underwater noises through the signal processing and decision module and

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    Why Jake Briningstool, a Clemson commitment and Tennessee’s top college football recruit, started playing defense this year

    Highlights: Ravenwood football defeats Blackman 38-9



    Jake Briningstool, the top college football prospect in Tennessee for the Class of 2021, has added something to his high school resume — outside linebacker.

    The Clemson commitment and standout tight end at Ravenwood has played offense and defense since the fifth week of the season, something no one had to coax him into doing.

    “It’s been pretty cool because my dad played linebacker in college,” said Briningstool, who is the No. 1 tight end in the country and No. 81 overall prospect nationally. “That’s been cool to get teaching from him and him being at the games. He’s been able to critique me and tell me what I’m doing well.”

    a man wearing a helmet: Ravenwood's Jake Briningstool (9) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Blackman during the first half at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

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    Ravenwood’s Jake Briningstool (9) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Blackman during the first half at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

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    Briningstool’s dad Tony played linebacker at Michigan State from 1988-91. The Spartans were the first Big Ten school to offer the younger Briningstool.

    But defense was somewhat new to Briningstool, who hadn’t played defense since his freshman year of high school at Clarksville Academy. But even that wasn’t an extensive amount.

    He hadn’t played any defense since arriving at Ravenwood prior to his sophomore season. However, he has stood out since joining the defense in Week 5 when Ravenwood traveled to Brentwood.

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    He has 31 tackles with nine for loss. He also has six sacks.

    “Having Jake play defense was a conversation that started in the offseason — wondering how to replace the 30-plus sacks we lost to graduation,” Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said. “We waited a few weeks into the season to let him get comfortable on offense with a new offensive coordinator and a new QB. When we moved him over, the payoff was instantaneous.”

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    Arizona Cardinals’ Budda Baker gets first career interception as defense steamrolls Dallas

    Leading up to Monday’s game, the Cardinals said everyone — offense, defense, special teams, coaches — would have to step up in the absence of linebacker Chandler Jones. 

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    Robert Spillane’s NFL Career Nearly Ended Before It Started. Now, He’s Calling Plays for the Steelers Defense

    PITTSBURGH — Robert Spillane’s journey to the NFL came with roadblocks that nearly left him on the outside looking in. The Western Michigan linebacker went undrafted in 2018 and found himself looking for tryouts as rosters were filling up. 

    He eventually found himself on a flight to Nashville, Tennessee, to tryout for the Titans, only a week after failing to sign with the Minnesota Vikings following a tryout there. 

    “I’ve come such a long way from those moments,” Spillane said on Monday. “If I go back a week before that tryout in Nashville, I had a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings. That didn’t go as planned. I wasn’t signed, and I didn’t have anything lined up for that next weekend. I didn’t get a call until Thursday from the Tennessee Titans, asking if I would get on a flight early the next morning to come down for their rookie minicamp. I went out there, and I knew what needed to be done to make that 90-man roster. I just put my head down and worked, and I haven’t stopped yet.”

    That work carried him to the Titans’ 90-man roster, where he found himself in the mix to start at inside linebacker. Throughout the summer, Spillane’s name was amongst those in the defensive starters until a change in course sent him back into the market.

    “You know how the NFL works. It’s a very fluent system,” Spillane said. “General managers and coaches have to do what they have to do and when I was out in Tennessee, things did go as planned, and they ended up going as well as planned.”

    Spillane signed with the Steelers’ practice squad in 2019. Although his family history isn’t what earned him a spot, it is a talking point associated with his name. 

    Spillane’s grandfather and 1953 Heisman trophy winner at Notre Dame, Johnny Lattner, spent his only NFL season with the Steelers. He made a Pro Bowl in his only professional season before entering the United States Air Force.

    “I know he would be very proud of me,” Spillane said on his late grandfather. “He’s always seen the work I put in. He’s followed my career, he’s been at all the football games since I was a young boy. Too bad he’s not here with us now, but I know he’s looking down, and he’s proud of the man I’ve become, not only as a football player but off the field as well.” 

    Which brought him to Pittsburgh.

    On Sunday, the Steelers suffered a heartbreaking loss to their team when inside linebacker Devin Bush went down with a knee injury. Later reported to be an ACL tear, the second-year back’s season has come to an end. 

    Spillane took the field to play just his 10th defensive snap for the Steelers in replace of Bush. 

    Spillane took command of the defense in the second half of the Steelers vs. Browns game. He wore the green dot helmet, calling plays, and controlling the communication between the

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