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ARPA-E Announces Funding Program to Develop Lower-Cost Fusion Energy Concepts

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy plans to award up to $30M for research projects designed to create lower-cost concepts for the development of deployable, commercially viable fusion energy.

Under a new program, dubbed Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy, ARPA-E aims to establish controlled fusion energy by lowering the cost of more-mature fusion concepts and enhancing the application of existing fusion research and development capabilities, the Department of Energy said Thursday

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DLA Synchronizes Global Support Activities via New Center in Virginia

The Defense Logistics Agency officially opened its new Agency Synchronization Operations Center on Wednesday at the McNamara Headquarters Complex in Fort Belvoir, Va., in an effort to better operationalize support to warfighters and agencies. 

DLA said Thursday the center has a team of experts that utilizes predictive analytic tools to create support plans that incorporate the agency's operational and business support functions around the world.

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AFRL Showcases Mixed Reality Tool for Aircraft Maintenance

The Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate partnered with Wright Cycle Company and small business firm Energective to demonstrate the potential applications of virtual and augmented reality in future aircraft maintenance procedures.

AFRL showcased during the recent Air Vehicles Technology Symposium in Dayton, Ohio, a mixed reality display tool designed to provide step-by-step instructions on how to change tires of a Wright Cycle Company bicycle, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday.

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DHS S&T to Release Results of SAVER Field Portable Instrument Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is set to publish a report later this year to outline the results of its recent assessment of three field portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers used to chemically analyze substances. 

DHS S&T's System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders Program developed the evaluation to assess the field instruments' capabilities and help emergency responder organizations decide on which instrument is best suited to their needs and requirements, the department said Tuesday.

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VA Unveils Training Program to Support New EHR Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a new program to train health care providers on the new electronic health record platform. The program, dubbed VA Innovative Technology Advancement Lab, has selected 76 participants to provide feedback that will be used to continuously improve the Cerner-built EHR technology, the department said Monday

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ONC Taps The Sequoia Project to Develop Components of EHR Info Sharing Framework

The Sequoia Project has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help create and implement components of a framework for sharing electronic health information.

HHS said Tuesday the nonprofit organization will serve as the recognized coordinating entity responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the common agreement component of ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. 

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DOE Announces Publication of Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor

The Department of Energy has announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement to evaluate the creation of a versatile reactor-based fast-neutron source in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. DOE said Monday it invites industry to send comments on the scope of the EIS until Sept. 4 and plans to hold two webcast scoping meetings to further discuss the project. 

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Senate Confirms Thomas McCaffery as DOD Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs

The Senate has approved by voice vote the nomination of Thomas McCaffery as the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, Military.com reported Monday. McCaffery, who has been performing the responsibilities of primary adviser to the secretary of defense on health care on an acting basis, is expected to take on the permanent role later this month.

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NCSA to Help NGA Build Digital Elevation Models of Earth

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has granted the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $11.1M to work on a series of geospatial research projects over the next year. NCSA said Friday that it will help NGA build digital elevation models of the entire Earth using data from its Blue Waters supercomputers as part of the initial EarthDEM project. 

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