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DARPA Launches CBRNE Threat Detection Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has kicked off a program to develop networks of sensors that can detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats. SIGMA+ is an expansion of DARPA’s initiative to identify radiological and nuclear materials, the agency said Tuesday. “The goal of SIGMA+ is to develop and demonstrate a real-time, …

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Senate Confirms John Gibson as Pentagon’s Chief Mgmt Officer

John Gibson, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has received Senate confirmation to serve as DoD chief management officer, Washington Examiner reported Friday. Gibson will lead the civilian secretaries of all military services and oversee business-focused DoD agencies and field activities in his new role. He previously served as …

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Report: Abigail Slater to Serve as Tech Adviser to Trump

Abigail Slater, general counsel at the Internet Association, will join the White House’s National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, The Hill reported Thursday. Slater will succeed Grace Koh when the latter leaves in March and will advise President Donald Trump on technology, telecommunications …

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DoD Unveils Acquisition Excellence Award Winners

The Defense Department has recognized acquisition teams across the department and intelligence agencies for showing “exemplary” contracting practices, DoD News reported Friday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said DoD gave the 2017 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to organizations that helped meet goals under the National Defense Strategy. The award …

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DARPA Program Aims to Develop Biosurveillance Tech for Screening ‘Unfamiliar’ Bacterial Strains

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled a new program that aims to develop technology that would determine if unfamiliar bacteria contain harmful traits. DARPA said Wednesday it seeks to build a portable tool that will work to screen unfamiliar bacteria to identify their pathogenicity, or capacity to cause disease, through …

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Report: USDA Names Gary Washington Full-Time CIO

Gary Washington, acting chief information officer of the Agriculture Department over the past five months, has been appointed to the CIO role on a permanent basis, MeriTalk reported Thursday. In that role, he established a partnership with the White House’ Office of American Innovation to revamp USDA’s information technology program. Washington previously …

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