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The US Government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

U.S. Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Googles Mountain View campus.Mattis spent time at Amazon and DiuX, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech leaders is that the Department of Defense needs to embrace technology coming out of the private sector if it hopes to stay ahead of the technological curve. In a briefing beforeMattis media address at DiuX,Sean Singleton, director of business development for the unit,…

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Lockheed Martin takes a strategic stake in nanosatellite company Terran Orbital

Aerospace leader Lockheed Martin has invested in U.S. nanosatellite company Terran Orbital, the latest example of how legacy and novel players alike are looking at smallsats and the industry of cheap, lightweight satellites in general as a key area of opportunity for the growing commercial space sector. Lockheeds equity stake is in exchange for cash and in-kind services, and the two have partnered in the past on DoD and NASA contracts. The move is intended to help Lockheed address our customers increasing interest in rapid, responsive and cost-effective technology missions…

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