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Report: State Dept Clears Digital Tech Exports to Iran to Monitor Nuclear Test Explosions

The State Department informed Congress in January about a waiver that permits a Maryland-based firm to export wireless equipment, satellite dishes and broadband networks to Iran for use at stations that track nuclear explosions in the Middle Eastern country, Al-Monitor reported Thursday. The waiver signed by John Sullivan, deputy secretary …

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Reports: DIUx Head Raj Shah Steps Down

Raj Shah, head of the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, resigned from his post Thursday after a nearly two-year stint with the organization, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Navy Capt. Sean Heritage will step into the acting leadership role at DIUx. Shah, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, took the helm in May …

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GAO: NHTSA Needs to Establish National 911 Program Performance Goals to Back NG911 Implementation

The Government Accountability Office has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop performance measures and goals for the National 911 program in order to assess how the initiative meets its mission in supporting the implementation of the Next Generation 911 system. GAO said in a report publicly released Friday the …

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White House Economic Council Calls for Public-Private Collaboration to Address Cyber Threats

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has called on public and commercial sectors to advance collaboration to address cybersecurity risks. The council said Wednesday the private sector has initiated efforts to prevent cyber threats through IT system security efforts and development of platforms that work to facilitate cyber vulnerability threat …

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National Space Council Aims to Streamline Space Launch Licensing Process

The National Space Council has approved four recommendations that seek to introduce changes to commercial space regulations, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the council, and other NSC members cleared the recommendations during their second public session Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The council’s first recommendation …

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Report: South Korea Eyes PAC-3 Missile Purchase in Response to North Korean Threat

South Korea plans to buy Lockheed Martin-built Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles through a potential $53 million contract to support defense efforts against ballistic missile threats posed by North Korea, Defense News reported Monday. The East Asian country’s defense acquisition program administration approved Feb. 7 the procurement plan for PAC-3 Missile …

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