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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Takes Oath as DOE Nuclear Security Undersecretary & NNSA Administrator

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, former president of security consulting firm Tier Tech International, has taken her oath as the Department of Energy‘s undersecretary for nuclear security and administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. DOE said Thursday Gordon-Hagerty brings more than three decades of national security experience to her new position. She began her career at …

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NASA to Test Space Launch System Intertank

NASA loaded a test model of heavy-lift rocket intertank onto a barge Thursday at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans for shipment to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Marshall’s engineers will conduct tests to determine if the structural hardware for the Space Launch System‘s 212-foot-long core stage can withstand extreme launch and …

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Report: Army Vet Paul Lawrence Nominated VA Undersecretary for Benefits

President Donald Trump has nominated Paul Lawrence, a retired U.S. Army captain and current vice president of Kaiser Associates‘ public sector business, to serve as Department of Veterans Affairs undersecretary for benefits, Military Times reported Wednesday. Lawrence, if confirmed by Congress, would lead the Veterans Benefits Administration and oversee the agency’s efforts to …

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National Space Council Aims to Streamline Space Launch Licensing Process

The National Space Council has approved four recommendations that seek to introduce changes to commercial space regulations, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence, chair of the council, and other NSC members cleared the recommendations during their second public session Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The council’s first recommendation …

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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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NIST Backs University-Led Computing, Storage Material Research Effort

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded initial funds to support a Purdue University-led research project that seeks to develop new semiconductor materials for storage and novel computing applications. NIST said Friday the New Materials for Logic, Memory and Interconnects effort will explore technologies to support innovation within the U.S. semiconductor …

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DHS, ODNI, FBI to Host Classified Briefing on Election Infrastructure Security Efforts

The Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI will jointly host a three-day national classified dialogue with the country’s state election officials beginning on Friday. ODNI said Thursday the briefing event seeks to increase state governments’ awareness of foreign adversary threats on election infrastructure …

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Richard Spencer: Navy’s Next Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Named USNS Newport

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, has disclosed the name USNS Newport for the service branch’s future Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel. Newport, designated T-EPF 12, will be the fourth naval ship named after the Rhode Island city, the Navy said Tuesday. Austal‘s U.S. business secured the contract to build the next EFP …

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New DOE Office to Focus on Energy Infrastructure Security Efforts; Rick Perry Comments

The Energy Department has formed a new office that will aim to secure U.S. energy infrastructure and support DOE’s national security missions. President Donald Trump proposed a $96 million budget for the department’s new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response in his fiscal 2019 budget request, DOE said Wednesday. The department will appoint …

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Allison Brigati Starts Role as Full-Time GSA Deputy Administrator

Allison Brigati, acting deputy administrator of the General Services Administration over the past two months, was sworn in Tuesday as GSA’s deputy administrator. GSA said Tuesday Brigati joined the agency in July 2017 as associate administrator for its Office of Government-wide Policy. She previously served as general counsel and director of strategic initiatives …

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