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Army to Field Disaster Response Comms Tech Suite

The U.S. Army prepares to implement a network communications tool suite designed to help the Army National Guard soldiers communicate with first responders in the event of a natural disaster or other critical situation. ARNG said Monday the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal will offer internet and commercial phone access as well as commercial …

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HHS Boosts Communications With Private Sector After ‘WannaCry’ Attacks

The Department of Health and Human Services has worked to strengthen its communications with the private sector following the WannaCry ransomware attacks, MeriTalk reported Friday. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns with HHS officials that a similar event could impact U.S. health systems since the U.K.’s national health service was …

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House Bill Would Require DoD to Notify Congress of ‘Sensitive’ Military Cyber Operations

The House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bipartisan bill that would mandate Defense Department officials to inform Congress about the U.S. military’s sensitive cyber operations or weapons within 48 hours of implementation, Nextgov reported Thursday. The scope of the proposed bill covers all defensive and offensive cyber operations that would occur …

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OMB, White House Innovation Office Start 3-Month Sprint to Draft New Cloud, Cyber, Shared Services Policies

The Office of Management and Budget and the White House’s Office of American Innovation have teamed up on a 90-day sprint to develop new programs and policies that seek to address cybersecurity, cloud adoption and citizen services, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Margie Graves, deputy federal chief information officer at OMB, …

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Federal Agency Participants Develop Virtual Assistant Prototypes Under GSA’s Citizen Tech Initiative

The General Services Administration has hosted a “hackathon” that gathered participants from various federal agencies to build prototypes of artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants such as voice-activated systems, chatbots, intelligent websites and automated call centers. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement programs at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, wrote in an blog post published …

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Interagency Team to Study Feasibility of Radio Spectrum Reallocation for Non-Govt Use

The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security have established an interagency team to conduct a feasibility study on a proposal to free portions of the radio spectrum for non-government use. FAA said Friday the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar initiative was launched in response to …

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Report: GSA to Launch Blockchain Pilot Initiative Under Digital Govt Services Program

The General Services Administration plans to launch a blockchain pilot initiative this summer as part of the agency’s Emerging Citizen Technology program that seeks to explore how artificial intelligence and new technologies can be integrated into digital government services, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Justin Herman, manager of social media and digital engagement …

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Robert Cardillo: NGA Needs to Address Full-Motion Video Automation

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said extracting data and insights from full-motion video has posed a challenge to NGA, Breaking Defense reported Monday. FMV is “time-consuming, manually intensive, redundantly exploited, poorly integrated and it leaves a great deal of useful data unexploited and undiscovered,” Cardillo said Monday at the GEOINT …

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DARPA’s Electronics Tech Devt Project Gets $75M Under FY 2018 DoD Budget Request

The Defense Department‘s budget request for fiscal year 2018 includes $75 million for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s public-private initiative that seeks to support further technological developments in the area of electronics. DARPA said Thursday the “electronics resurgence” initiative aims to foster a continued boost in electronics performance even without further miniaturization. The budget …

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