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GAO Recommends FirstNet to Address Tribal Stakeholders’ Concerns on Public-Safety Broadband Network

The Government Accountability Office urged the First Responder Network Authority in June to consider tribal stakeholders’ concerns regarding the future Public-Safety Broadband Network and evaluate long-term staffing requirements for the effort. GAO said in a report published Thursday that FirstNet has opened a test lab for public safety devices and applications …

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DoD Wants to Take Back Defense-Related Security Clearance Process Work From NBIB

The Defense Department has called on Congress to reinstate DoD’s oversight over security clearance processing work and cited the availability of information technology systems that can be used to manage new background checks for its own personnel, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Garry Reid, director of defense intelligence, told House …

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Army, Industry Collaborate to Develop Military Telemedicine Platform

The Army Medical Materiel Agency collaborates with industry partners to build a medical technology designed to automatically document patient data and track medication during the branch’s medical evacuation missions. The Medical Ultra Wideband Broadcast system uses a wide-frequency, bluetooth technology to help military clinicians access patient information, inventory and arrival times via a tablet, …

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DHS Releases Industry Guide on Department Tech Requirements

The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled an industry guide that outlines its science and technology directorate’s requirements, focus areas and potential collaboration opportunities with members of the industry. William Bryan, acting under secretary for science and technology at DHS, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday the guide will help …

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Lockheed Exec John Rood Picked for DoD Policy Undersecretary Post

John Rood, a corporate officer and senior vice president of Lockheed Martin‘s international business since March 2016, will be nominated as Defense Department undersecretary for policy. The White House said Wednesday Rood also has more than 20 years of federal service that included positions at the State Department, CIA, National Security Council and …

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Cybercom Uses New Authority to Expedite Cyber Tech Procurement

The U.S. Cyber Command has started to use its new acquisition authority to accelerate contract awards for cyber technology products and services. Cybercom issued its first contract through the authority on Sept. 29 for information technology-related research and technical information services that are meant to aid future acquisition decisions, the command said …

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State Dept Looks to Adopt Blockchain Tech for Reorganization

The State Department plans to employ blockchain technology in efforts to optimize operations as part of a department-wide reorganization, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. The reorganization was ordered by the Trump administration in March to help the department increase employee productivity and save money. “We’re interested to learn whether blockchain technology could …

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