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GAO: DoD Spent $9.1B on O&M for Overseas Contingency Operations in FY 2016

The Defense Department spent the $9.1 billion budget that Congress authorized for the operation and maintenance needs of overseas contingency operations to meet base requirements. The Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Wednesday that DoD obligated funds to cover base programs and activities, including headquarters, maintenance and transportation costs. Base requirements include …

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NASA Demos First X-Ray Navigation in Space

NASA has performed the first fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space, which could help future robotic spacecraft to travel to deep space locations. The space agency said Thursday a team of engineers carried out the experiment called the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, on Nov. 11. …

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Bill Would Penalize Credit Reporting Agencies for Consumer Data Breaches

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced a bill that would penalize credit reporting agencies in the event of a security breach that affects consumer data. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to directly supervise CRAs’ data security measures; impose penalties on CRAs …

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Peter Highnam Named DARPA Deputy Director

Peter Highnam, former research director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has been named deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA said Monday Highnam will support the agency’s research projects in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, communications, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, biosecurity and warfighter health. He succeeds Stefanie Tompkins, …

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NIST Studies Use of Quantum Physics to Support Underground, Underwater & Indoor Comms

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun to experiment with “quantum radios” that might be able to support communications and mapping in environments where radios, global positioning systems and cellphones cannot operate reliably. NIST said Tuesday its researchers are studying very low frequency digitally-modulated magnetic signals that can penetrate building …

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