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WASHINGTON — With the help of Silicon Valley, the nation's youngest military branch is already proving that it can do business quicker than its more established sister services.

The U.S. Space Force, in partnership with VMware, fast-tracked the development of several tech applications for the service's space software package.

 The cloud-based software package, affectionately dubbed Kobayashi Maru (a "Star Trek" reference), was developed by Palo Alto-based Palantir Systems and is used by both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force to track and monitor objects in space.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Krolikowski, who currently leads efforts to further develop Kobayashi Maru's capabilities, spoke to CNBC exclusively about how the service branch is utilizing its relationships with the private tech sector.

"Traditionally with DoD software programs it takes a very, very, very long time to develop and then by the time something is delivered it may not be operationally relevant to the warfighter anymore," explained Krolikowski, the senior materiel leader for Space C2 at the Space and Missile Systems Center, a component of the U.S. Space Force.

"The legacy application that we had before took about three years to build and was about 10 times the cost of what we were able to do in six months with VMware's support," Krolikowski said.

President Donald Trump first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy on March 13, 2018. 

"Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea," Trump told an audience of service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. "We may even have a Space Force, develop another one, Space Force. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force." Three months later, Trump directed the Pentagon to immediately begin the creation of the new branch.

In January, Trump unveiled the Space Force logo, which closely resembles that of Star Trek's fictional Starfleet.

And earlier this year, 86 cadets graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and commissioned for the first time into the U.S. Space Force.

Krolikowski, who holds several advanced engineering degrees, said one of her main goals is to setup Kobayashi Maru for the Space Force in a way that allows for the software to continually evolve. One way the service has been able to do this is by identifying and partnering with tech industry leaders on specific needs.

"The way DoD has previously built software is that we would hire one contractor that would kind of do the whole project. They would be responsible for applications, platforms and infrastructure," she explained, adding that the approach wasn't always efficient or effective.

"If we break apart those elements we can get the best people working on each of those particular layers and that's where we brought in VMware, because if we had to build this ourselves or work with a firm that didn't have that level of expertise, we would still be working on it," Krolikowski said.

VMware's Edward Hieatt, senior vice president of Services and Support, said the firm's successful partnership with the youngest service branch is due to collaboration. 

"We teach customers like Space Force how to modernize their existing applications and infrastructure, and build new, modern applications for themselves; we don't simply do it for them. That's powerful because it enables Space Force Airmen to be self-sufficient and leverage modern software and infrastructure to more rapidly achieve mission outcomes," Hieatt told CNBC.

"It used to take eight to 10 years to acquire, develop, accredit, and deploy usable software. We teach airmen and soldiers to do that in months," he added.

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Kim Kardashian shows off super skinny waist & ribs in shocking video after fans are concerned over star’s weight loss

KIM Kardashian showed off her slim figure in a shocking video after going to extremes with dieting and exercise to change her body.

Back in May, the reality star revealed that she cut out carbs and sugar on an intense diet to fit in to her Met Gala dress, originally worn by Marilyn Monroe.

5Kim Kardashian shocked fans with a new video showing off her tiny frameCredit: Instagram/ Kim Kardashian 5The reality star has her supporters worried she's taken her weight loss too farCredit: Instagram

Kim's weight loss didn't stop there, however, and fans fear she's taken it too far as she repeatedly shares snaps of her ever-slimming frame.

On Friday, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum posted a video of herself sporting a tiny black top which left her midriff exposed.

Her tiny waist was on full display in the clip, as were her ribs, which appeared to be protruding as she posed alongside her gal pal Lala Anthony, who wore all white.

In an earlier video, Kim gave fans an even closer look at her body, showcasing her chiseled abs as she puckered her lips at the camera.

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Kim appeared in the same outfit in a TikTok video, which sparked fear from fans over her recent slim down.

The mom of four knocked back a shot as she appeared in Yris Palmer's TikTok during sister Kylie Jenner's birthday celebrations.

As Kim held the drink in one hand and a glass of fruit juice in the other, her top appeared to be slipping off of her.

Fans couldn't help but notice and took to Reddit to express their thoughts.

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One fan wrote: "Okay she's actually tiny."

Another added: "Seriously, how she doing this?"

WEIGHT WOES

Since she confessed to Vogue that she dropped 16lbs in three weeks to fit into Marilyn Monroe's iconic dress for the Met Gala back in May, the reality star has been taking heat from fans.

She hit back at critics not long ago, insisting that she went out losing the weight in a "healthy way," though som disagree.

“If I was starving and doing it really unhealthy, I would say that, of course, that’s not a good message," the Hulu star told Allure.

"But I had a nutritionist, I had a trainer. I have never drunk more water in my life.

"I don’t see the criticism for other people when they lost weight for roles — they are [considered] geniuses for their craft.”

The star added: “There are so many things out there that are so not accurate and not true.”

It's not just fans that are concerned, however.

FAMILY FRENZY

The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Kim's famous family is worried that she's losing too much weight and is "barely sleeping."

“Kim looks amazing, always, but she’s good at keeping how stressed she is hidden,” an insider told The U.S. Sun. 

“She's the skinniest she's ever been and barely sleeping. Her family knows that a lot of this is her rebounding from a very controlling marriage, and her determination to show Kanye how much better she is doing without him.

In the past, she confessed that studying to become a lawyer, looking after her children, and her romance with Pete Davidson – who is living in Australia while working on a film – was taking a toll on her.

She and the Saturday Night Live alum have since split, but Kim has plenty on her plate still.

The source added: “But whereas before she was incredibly healthy and well-rested, now she's constantly jet-lagged and she’s finding it hard to fit workouts in. I think Kim’s really struggling but won't admit it. 

"She is having a great time with Pete but the travel is taking its toll and she’s barely sleeping. Everyone is worried she’s burnt-out.”

Kim hasn't let the backlash hold her back from showing off her body, however.

FLAUNT IT

The fashion mogul recently gave fans a glimpse at her shrinking waist in new shots promoting her line SKIMS.

In one photo, she is seen wearing an all-white Scoop Neck Bralette and matching T String Thong.

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The Hulu star had a platinum blonde bob-cut that perfectly complimented her alabaster attire in the ad.

In more SKIMS Instagram Stories promotional snaps, Kim wore a lime green bandeau top and thong and, in another, a vibrant Myronos blue bodysuit.

5Kim continues to show off her body online, denying she's been "unhealthy"Credit: Instagram/ Kim Kardashian 5Her ribs can be seen protruding in several recent snapsCredit: Instagram 5Kim, Kylie and others have been away celebrating Kylie Jenner's birthdayCredit: Instagram

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