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The National Capital Region (NCR) Medical Directorate has developed a Rapid Innovation Design Cycle initiative which has resulted in a scalable, sustainable regional framework for innovation design across military treatment facilities (MTFs) in the NCR, with nearly 500,000 beneficiaries in the Military Health System’s most populous region.


If the Navy wants to detect nautical mines from the sky, the job often requires an MH-60 helicopter and an on-board countermeasure system. This arrangement lets operators learn about these mines and do so from a safe distance. Now the service wants something more nimble. One solution could be a small quadcopter sporting an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor system. This setup would allow the instrument to detect mines and then relay the information almost immediately to a handheld Android device.


Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific’s (SSC Pacific) BEMR laboratory demonstrates how cutting edge, low cost commercial of the shelf (COTS) mixed reality technology—virtual and augmented reality— is applied to training, operations, prototyping, and maintenance applications within the Navy and Marine Corps in the near future.

The U.S. Navy has conducted its first test of a new hypersonic missile. The test was announced by Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, the director of the Strategic Systems Program (SSP), at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium in Arlington, Virginia, on November 2. “I’m very proud to report that at 0300 on Monday night SSP flew from Hawaii [Pacific Missile Range Facility] . . . the first conventional prompt strike missile for the United States Navy in the form factor that would eventually, could eventually be utilized if leadership chooses to do so in an Ohio-class tube,” Benedict said, according U.S. Naval Institute News, which first reported his remarks. “It’s a monumental achievement.”

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