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Report: Trump Ends American Manufacturing Council, Strategic & Policy Forum

President Donald Trump has disbanded two business councils after several CEOs decided to withdraw membership in response to Trump’s remarks on race relations and violence following a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Trump announced the dissolution of the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum …

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Lexington Institute’s Daniel Goure: DoD Model to Support Rex Tillerson’s State Dept Reform Efforts

Daniel Goure, a vice president at the think tank Lexington Institute, has called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to view the Defense Department as a model in his efforts to reform the State Department. Goure wrote in a commentary posted Thursday on Defense News that Tillerson should consider a reorientation or possible culture change …

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DHS, TSA Test New Touch-Free Biometric Fingerprint Tech

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate and the Transportation Security Administration have begun to test touch-free fingerprint scanners at two airports with the goal to shorten the passenger identity verification process. DHS said Tuesday the Advanced Optical Systems-built biometric fingerprint platforms are currently used in certain lanes at the Atlanta …

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Industry Experts Advise GovCon Firms to Prepare for Possible Govt Shutdown

Industry experts and former White House officials have urged government contractors to start discussing the effects of a potential federal shutdown in October with contracting officers, Government Executive reported Monday. David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, said Monday at a PSC-hosted event in Virginia that GovCon companies should maintain …

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Report: State Dept Launches Cybersecurity Directorate

The State Department has formed a new cybersecurity office within the Diplomatic Security Service in May to help address cyber threats, The Hill reported Monday. A department official told the publication that the new Cyber and Technology Security directorate will deliver cyber threat analysis, incident detection and response, cyber investigation and emerging technology …

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NASA, Norwegian Space Center Ink Combined Data Services Agreement

Norway’s Space Center has landed a potential five-year, $43.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from NASA to provide combined data support services for the Joint Polar Satellite System program and other collaborative international missions. Work under the international agreement will occur at the Svalbard Ground Station in Norway and the Antarctica-based Troll …

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Justin Poole Appointed NGA Deputy Director; Robert Cardillo Comments

Justin Poole, formerly director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency‘s source operations and management directorate, has been appointed to serve as NGA’s seventh deputy director. NGA said Thursday Poole will succeed Susan Gordon, who was nominated to the position of principal deputy director at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He started his federal …

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