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Lt. Gen. David Thompson Nominated as Vice Chief of Space Operations

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the service’s vice chief of space operations. Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper also announced Thompson’s nomination for promotion to the rank of general. 

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Dana Deasy: Pentagon to Move 14 Components to JEDI Cloud Environment in February

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Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2019 Wash100 winner, said the Pentagon will move 14 components to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud environment beginning in February as part of the initial deployment of the platform, Federal Times reported Thursday.

 

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University of Arizona Prepares for Next Phase of NEO Surveillance Mission

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A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona plans the next phase of the projected NASA mission that aims to develop a space-based infrared telescope designed to detect potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. 

Professor Amy Mainzer of UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and her team will provide documentation and reviews to help the space agency decide whether to begin the preliminary design phase of the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission in 2020, the university said Tuesday

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AFGSC Chief Talks Critical Role of Long-Strike Precision Strike Capability

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Gen. Timothy Ray, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, said that having long-range precision strike capability is critical to deter great power competition, which has been the focus of the Department of Defense's National Defense Strategy.

Ray told the audience at Rand Corporation’s fifth annual West Coast Aerospace Forum in Santa Monica that the U.S. needs to maintain such capability in the short term until it gets new bombers and intercontinental ballistic missile as well as upgrade its command, control and communications technologies, the Air Force said Monday.

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USDA’s Francisco Salguero Named New FCC CIO

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Francisco Salguero has been named the new chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, succeeding John Skudlarek, who held the position on an acting basis following the departure of Christine Calvosa in May.

Salguero joins the commission after spending 14 years at the Department of Agriculture where he most recently served as deputy CIO and oversaw the department's $2B information technology portfolio, FCC said Monday.

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EPRI Secures DOE Funds to Help Advance Solar Energy Tech

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The Electric Power Research Institute was selected has secured a $10.7M research and development funding from the Department of Energy to accelerate solar energy generation and integration and lower solar electricity costs.

EPRI said Monday a large portion of the funding will be used to develop and validate high-fidelity models of photovoltaic facilities for use in planning, operating and securing transmission and distribution of solar energy systems and technologies. 

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House Bill to Boost Use of Detection Technology at US Borders

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A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would require the Customs and Border Protection to deploy enhanced detection technology at land ports of entry in an effort to boost border security.

The Securing America’s Ports Act calls on the Department of Homeland Security to develop a plan to increase the scanning rates of vehicles entering the U.S. at border crossings through the use of non-intrusive inspection systems and create a timetable to implement the technology, the office of Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., said Monday

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