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Report: White House Asks Congress to Cut $140M From NASA, NOAA Programs

The Trump administration has asked Congress to cut $90 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s weather satellite programs and another $50 million from NASA‘s science programs in fiscal year 2017 spending bills, Space News reported Tuesday. Jeff Foust writes the White House sent a 13-page document to congressional appropriators requesting $17.9 billion …

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DHS Adds Encryption Requirement to Radio Equipment Compliance Standards

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced an encryption requirement to a suite of standards for first responder radio platforms. DHS said Monday radio equipment that need encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard 256 to meet the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program‘s requirements. “The proliferation of proprietary and non-standard encryption capabilities has made …

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NASA to Launch Laser Comms Demo for Spacecraft, Earth Connectivity

NASA plans to launch a technology demonstration of laser communications systems  designed to increase the speed of data transmission between space vehicles and ground terminals. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration will be deployed in summer 2019 as part of a two- to five-year mission that seeks to help NASA learn ways to operate laser communications systems, the space agency said Wednesday. …

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Arthur Hopkins: DoD Invests in Synthetic Biology Threat Defense, Countermeasures

The Defense Department has begun to develop strategies to prepare for and mitigate  security threats from synthetic bioweapons, DoD News reported Thursday. Arthur Hopkins, acting assistant secretary for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs at DoD, told a House subcommittee Thursday that DoD’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program explores medical countermeasures as well as …

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GAO: DoD, State Dept Administered 194 Foreign Security Cooperation & Assistance Efforts in FY 2016

The Government Accountability Office has found that the departments of Defense and State facilitated 194 security cooperation and assistance efforts during fiscal 2016 to help build foreign partners’ capacity to mitigate security-related threats. GAO said Friday DoD ran 56 security cooperation programs for which associated legal authorities did not require the State Department‘s involvement and 87 …

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Lt. Gen. John Murray: Army Could Decide to Buy More JLTVs or Recap Humvees in 2018

U.S. Army officials have said the military service should decide soon if the branch will procure additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles or update its current Humvee fleet as part of modernization efforts, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Matthew Cox writes Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for financial management at the Army, told  members of …

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NASA Awards Funds to 10 Small Satellite Studies

NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …

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