Military And Intelligence News Briefs — March 31, 2021

Soldiers wearing the Integrated Visual Augmentation System while mounted in a Stryker vehicle in Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washignton, February 2021 © US Army / Courtney Bacon
CNBC: Microsoft wins U.S. Army contract for augmented reality headsets, worth up to $21.9 billion over 10 years
* Microsoft will deliver to the U.S. Army more than 120,000 devices based on its HoloLens augmented reality headset. * The deal, which could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, follows a contract Microsoft received to build prototype headsets for the Army. * The contract comes a year and a half after Microsoft won a cloud contract from the Pentagon that could be worth up to $10 billion.
The U.S. Army said Wednesday that Microsoft has won a contract to build more than custom HoloLens augmented reality headsets.
The contract for over 120,000 headsets could be worth up to $21.88 billion over 10 years, a Microsoft spokesperson told CNBC.
Microsoft shares moved higher after the announcement. The stock was up 1.7% to $235.77 per share at the end of Wednesday’s trading session.
The deal shows Microsoft can generate meaningful revenue from a futuristic product resulting from years of research, beyond core areas such as operating systems and productivity software.
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — March 31, 2021
Microsoft wins $22 billion deal making headsets for US Army — AP
Microsoft Wins Enormous Contract to Supply HoloLens for Combat Soldiers, US Army Says — Sputnik
The US military must plan for encounters with private military companies — Brookings
Russian and U.S. military chiefs of staff hold phone call — Reuters
US Army enters final phase of development before kicking off Future Long Range Assault Aircraft program — Defense News
Army Awards $50 Million Contract for New Special Operations Sniper Rifle —
Navy’s Aviation Boss Lays Out Big Vision For Drone-Packed Carriers Of The Future — Warzone/The Drive
USS Tripoli prepares for sea trials after fitting-out tests — UPI
Military Using Alternatives to Suez Canal In Middle East — US Department of Defense
Lawmakers anxious over lack of Pentagon picks — Politico
Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision — The Hill
Biden’s infrastructure plan includes billions to develop emerging tech the military needs — CrISRNet
A Good Battery Is the Best Defense Against a Military Assault — WSJ
Defense contractor Cubic Corp accepts proposal to go private — The Hill
Military-wide stand downs expected to be complete by Thursday — UPI
Reversing Trump, Pentagon releases new transgender policies — AP
US military’s new transgender policy will pay troops’ transition bills – reports — RT
Marines Under Investigation After Ammo, Explosives Reportedly Go Missing at Pendleton —
Video: Fort Bragg Issues Plea as Reports of Equipment Theft Surge at US Military Installation — Sputnik
DoD Spent Hundreds of Millions on Air Transport in Afghanistan — But Didn't Ask Allies for Repayment —
Massive ‘Mobility Guardian’ exercise to practice humanitarian aid response — Air Force Times
Dutch ship to join British carrier strike group in first deployment — UPI
NATO scrambles jets 10 times to track Russian military planes across Europe — CNN
NORAD Tracks 2 Russian Spy Planes That Entered Alaskan Air Defense Zone — News Service
Moscow offered to restore military contacts within Russia-NATO Council — TASS
China's Relationship With Myanmar's Military: It's Complicated — NPR
China's Military Preparing for U.S. Intervention in Taiwan Strait — Newsweek
The Chinese Military Might Not Be in Control of Escalating Crises — Foreign Policy
Japan, Indonesia Sign Defense Deal Amid Beijing's Maritime Expansion — Radio Free Asia
Australia to build guided missiles to boost defense capacity — AP
Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support — APOriginal Article

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