US Army prioritizes open architecture for future combat vehicle amid competition prep

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army still plans to release of its request for proposals in December to replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and it wants industry to prioritize an open architecture in its designs.

“The network is almost more important in some ways than building the combat vehicles,” Maj. Gen. Brian Cummings, program executive officer of ground combat systems, told Defense News in an interview ahead of the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual conference.

The future optionally manned fighting vehicle will need the flexibility to be networked with other capabilities across the battlefield, and designed such that capabilities can plug into the vehicle at the forward edge. This realization was highlighted during the Army’s Project Convergence exercise at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, which wrapped up last month and during which an OMFV surrogate played a part.

The Army will focus on the effort to develop OMFV with an

Read More

US Army firms up requirements for future long-Range assault aircraft ahead of competition

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program passed through the Army Requirements Oversight Council’s gauntlet and received preliminary approval of its abbreviated capabilities development document, bringing the aircraft a step closer to a competitive procurement, according to the head of the service’s future vertical lift efforts.

The service is on a tight timeline to field a brand-new, long-range assault aircraft by 2030.

“The AROC went well,” Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen told Defense News in an Oct. 6 interview. “The aviation enterprise continues to impress me, just our ability to drive on these tough administrative and requirements tasks and get them done on time and do what we said we were going to do.”

At the time of the interview, not all of the paperwork was signed and the ink wasn’t dry. However, Rugen said, “it was probably one of the best AROCs I have attended in my

Read More

Competition emerges in the Seattle-area human-composting funeral business

Death isn’t new. But this November, the Seattle-based funeral home Recompose expects to open for business, giving us a whole new way to deal with our earthly remains: natural organic reduction (NOR), more commonly known as “human composting.”

For years, Recompose has been the only funeral home proposing to offer NOR, an alternative to traditional burial and cremation, but now it’s got company — competition.

Herland Forest, a natural-burial cemetery (no embalming, no caskets) in Klickitat County, received its NOR license from the state Funeral and Cemetery Board in July and is awaiting its first client. Return Home (formerly Adamah) plans to open its Auburn facility in the spring.

“We want to make a third means of disposition,” Micah Truman, founder and CEO of Return Home, said of his company. “It will take a lot of work to be recognized that we’re not cute, not a boutique, not ‘fun,’ not

Read More

Strong Competition in Booming Retail Automation Market | Datalogic, Fujitsu, Posiflex Technology

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sep 29, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
(New Jersey) A new market study is released on Global and United States Retail Automation In-Depth Market with data Tables for historical and forecast years represented with Chats & Graphs spread through 112 Pages with easy to understand detailed analysis. The study highlights detailed assessment of the Market and display market sizing trend by revenue & volume (if applicable), current growth factors, expert opinions, facts, and industry validated market development data. The research study provides estimates for Global and United States Retail Automation In-Depth Forecast till 2025*. Some are the players that are considered in the coverage of this study are Datalogic S.p.A (Italy), First Data Corporation (US), NCR Corporation (US), Fujitsu Limited (Japan), Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Inc. (US), Honeywell Scanning and Mobility (US), Kuka AG (Germany), Wincor Nixdorf … Read More

U.S. Air Force gets into gaming with ‘Command Clash’ competition

Sept. 23 (UPI) — “Command Clash,” a six-part esports competition between 29 service members at multiple bases, begins this weekend, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday.

The weekly competition, involving the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” will be live streamed on the Twitch channel. It is an effort by the Air Force to use gaming as an outreach and retention tool, and comes after an internal survey revealed the surprising popularity of gaming among Air Force personnel as a hobby.

The U.S. Army is similarly enthusiastic about gaming, using it as a recruitment and branding opportunity. The Army’s program, though, was stalled by online spammers commenting about war crimes, and an attempt by Congress to end the streaming efforts. A Navy program was similarly paused for review.

“This is the future,” said Richard Cooper, civilian spokesman for the event. “Gaming and esports are not going away anytime soon.

Read More

HKSTP Calls Innovators Worldwide to Join the Virtual Elevator Pitch Competition 2020

EPiC offers US$200,000 in cash prizes and exclusive cross-border business and investment opportunities to entrepreneurs

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) announced that the Elevator Pitch Competition 2020 (EPiC 2020) is now inviting applications from around the world. Given current global circumstances, HKSTP will stage the event on a virtual platform for the first time. Local and international startups and innovators can go beyond the geographic boundaries and unlock tremendous opportunities at EPiC 2020, which will take place from 6 to 13 November.

Marking its fifth anniversary, EPiC 2020 comprises a series of one-week events for the 150 contestants shortlisted from a competitive pool of global-wide applications. The startups will simulate the signature 60-second elevator ride to pitch their innovative business ideas virtually via a 1-minute video to a judging panel of major investors and industry leaders, who will select the top 10 finalists. The finalists will be

Read More

New study looks at space power competition through China’s lens

“China’s Space Narrative” was released Sept. 17 by the U.S. Air Force Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute and the CNA nonprofit research center.

WASHINGTON — A new study by the U.S. Air Force’s university think tank confirms the widely held view that China’s anti-satellite weapons pose a national security threat to the United States. But the study also highlights China’s use of soft power and diplomacy as potentially powerful weapons that could undermine the United States.

“China’s Space Narrative” released Sept. 17, was a joint project by the U.S. Air Force Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute and the CNA nonprofit research center.

“As the era of great power competition continues to evolve, we must understand the full breadth and depth of the competition, how they think, and how they are likely to act or react,” Brendan Mulvaney, director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute, writes in the introduction

Read More

Chandler 8th grader a finalist in national STEM competition

JT Mulvihill (Society for Science and the Public/Courtesy)

PHOENIX — A serious eye problem may have forced a Chandler teen to give up playing football, but he’s using an interest in science and engineering to make a difference in the game he loves.

JT Mulvihill, a 14-year-old student at Arizona College Prep in Chandler, is working on designing a safer football helmet.

Mulvihill’s research has earned him a spot as a finalist in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics middle school competition that is one of the most prestigious in the country.

He’s working to maximize the helmet’s ability to withstand different kinds of forces, such as direct and frontal hits, using lining and coating materials that could cushion an impact, according to the competition’s official website.

Mulvihill has been conducting trials on several different helmets using visco-elastic gel polymer, a type of plastic, and a

Read More