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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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James Mattis Urges Congress to Authorize Extra $30B in Defense Funds for FY 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged Congress to approve President Donald Trump’s request for an additional $30 billion to fund defense programs, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Mattis told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee at a meeting held Wednesday the budget request is the first step in a three-part, multi-year effort to increase defense readiness. …

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NASA Develops Folding Robot for Rugged Terrains

NASA has developed an origami-inspired robot designed to fold itself and explore rugged areas deemed “too risky” for rovers. The agency said Tuesday the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot has been tested in various terrains such as the Mojave Desert in California, a ski resort in Colorado and an active volcano in Antartica. The …

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House Lawmakers Want Info on Disruption of IRS Student Financial Aid Tool

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have urged the Internal Revenue Service to provide information about the outage of a tool used to help students apply for federal financial aid. Lawmakers asked IRS commissioner John Koskinen in a letter published Thursday to brief the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Education and the Workforce on a …

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