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James Syring: Foreign Missile Threats Prompt MDA to Invest in Advanced Tech R&D Programs

Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, has said MDA aims to build advanced technology against ballistic missile threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran, DoD News reported Thursday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Syring mentioned the agency’s technology research and development programs when he testified on its $7.5 billion fiscal 2017 budget proposal …

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Ashley Mahan: FedRAMP Adopts ‘Open-Door Policy’ to Help Address Agency Cloud IT Needs

Ashley Mahan, agency evangelist for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, told Federal Times in an interview published Wednesday she will reach out to agencies that need assistance to use FedRAMP-compliant cloud products and services. “We have a very open-door policy,” Mahan said to Federal Times reporter Aaron Boyd. She added the FedRAMP team considers …

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DOJ: Engineer, Chinese Energy Firm Charged with Nuclear Tech Conspiracy

A U.S. nuclear engineer and a Chinese state-owned nuclear power company have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to facilitate nuclear material development and production efforts outside the U.S. without a permit from the Energy Department. The Justice Department said Thursday the two-count indictment unveiled Thursday at a district court in Tennessee …

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Gayle Smith: USAID Contest to Seek Methods, Tools Against Zika Virus

The U.S. Agency for International Development will invest $30 million in a competition for innovators worldwide to help create approaches and technologies to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said Wednesday the agency will seek ideas on how healthcare organizations can stem the Zika outbreak and better prepare for public health threats through Combating …

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Rep. Will Hurd: DHS Should Assist State, Local Agencies in Cyber Threat Mgmt

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has said the Department of Homeland Security can serve as a resource for state and local government agencies to determine strategies against sophisticated cyber threats, GCN reported Wednesday. Hurd told the publication he believes conversations between leaders at all levels of government are necessary to secure U.S. critical infrastructure. He proposed a …

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Will Roper: SCO Supports Pentagon’s 3rd Offset Strategy Through Defense Tech Repurposing Efforts

The Defense Department‘s strategic capabilities office aims to repurpose existing military technologies in support of the agency’s third-offset strategy against threats posed by U.S. adversaries, DoD News reported Tuesday. “We selected the area of repurposing not based on fiscal requirements or because we were told go repurpose stuff, but we think it… is …

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DOJ, FTC: Consolidation Reviews Key to Ensure Fair Defense Market Competition

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have pledged to continue to work with the Defense Department to ensure that planned mergers and acquisitions in the defense industry will not impair competition among contractors. “Our mission in reviewing proposed defense industry consolidation is to ensure that our military continues to receive …

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