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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Takes Oath as DOE Nuclear Security Undersecretary & NNSA Administrator

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, former president of security consulting firm Tier Tech International, has taken her oath as the Department of Energy‘s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. DOE said Thursday Gordon-Hagerty brings more than three decades of national security experience to her new position. She began her career at …

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Air Force to Deploy Future T-X Aircraft at Undergraduate Pilot Training Bases

The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to adopt the future T-X Advanced Pilot Trainer  platform as replacement for the T-38C Talon aircraft used to train undergraduate pilots. The Air Force said Wednesday it picked Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas as the service branch’s preferred location to house the first T-X aircraft slated to arrive sometime …

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Report: Army Vet Paul Lawrence Nominated VA Undersecretary for Benefits

President Donald Trump has nominated Paul Lawrence, a retired U.S. Army captain and current vice president of Kaiser Associates‘ public sector business, to serve as Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary for benefits, Military Times reported Wednesday. Lawrence, if confirmed by Congress, would lead the Veterans Benefits Administration and oversee the agency’s efforts to …

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DOJ Establishes Cyber-Digital Task Force; Attorney General Jeff Sessions Comments

The Justice Department has formed a task force to examine how federal law enforcement organizations can help address cybersecurity threats. DOJ said Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the Cyber-Digital Task Force to produce a report about critical infrastructure interference efforts, internet misuse, information theft, internet-based law enforcement avoidance and cyber exploitation activities that …

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ONR’s Autonomous Resupply Program a Finalist for NAA Award

The National Aeronautic Association has selected an Office of Naval Research-led autonomous helicopter flight demonstration program as a finalist for the nonprofit organization’s Robert J. Collier Trophy. ONR partnered with Boeing‘s Aurora Flight Sciences subsidiary to develop the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System in an effort to accelerate the delivery of ammunition, equipment, food, …

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House Subcommittee Kicks Off Hearing Series on AI Tech

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s information technology subcommittee conducted the first session of a three-part hearing series about artificial intelligence Wednesday. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said in a statement published Wednesday the subcommittee will meet with several industry professionals and government stakeholders in an effort to establish criteria that can …

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NIST Backs University-Led Computing, Storage Material Research Effort

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded initial funds to support a Purdue University-led research project that seeks to develop new semiconductor materials for storage and novel computing applications. NIST said Friday the New Materials for Logic, Memory and Interconnects effort will explore technologies to support innovation within the U.S. semiconductor …

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DHS S&T Develops AI-Based Method for Aircraft Threat Detection

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has begun to develop an artificial intelligence-based method for Customs and Border Protection agents to identify non-commercial aircraft threats. DHS said Thursday its S&T directorate is developing the Predictive Threat Model to aid CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center in efforts to track small general aviation aircraft, …

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