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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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Texas A&M System to Develop $130M Testing Center for Army Futures Command

The Texas A&M University System has unveiled a $130M plan to build a new technology development and testing center for the U.S. Army at its RELLIS campus in Bryan, The Eagle reported Friday. The university is spending $50M for the development of laboratories, accelerator space and office space for the Army Futures Command at the campus and another $30M for infrastructure improvements to support the new facility. 

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DARPA to Present Open-Source, Secure Voting System at DEF CON 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will present the hardware specifications of a new open-source voting system prototype during an annual hacking event in Las Vegas. The new system is part of DARPA's System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program to develop security architectures and tools designed to protect voting systems from hardware vulnerabilities exploited in software, the agency said Thursday

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Chris Campione Appointed New Energy Department CIO

The Department of Energy has appointed Chris Campione as its new chief information officer, replacing Max Everett, who held the position for two years, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Campione was named principal deputy CIO at DOE earlier this month after spending 10 years at information technology services company Planet Technologies, most recently as vice president within its federal division. 

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DOE Funds University-Led Projects to Develop Steady-State Fusion Reactors

The Department of Energy has awarded $14M in total funding to 10 university-led research projects to develop a new approach to fusion energy production. 

DOE said Monday the collaborative research focuses on understanding and assessing the potential use of magnetically confined plasmas in the development of steady-state fusion reactors. 

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Navy Names New Salvage Ship After Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Richard Spencer, the secretary of the U.S. Navy and a 2018 Wash100 awardee, said the service is naming its newest towing, salvage and rescue ship in honor of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe from Michigan.

The Navy said Friday the USNS Saginaw Ojibwe Anishinabek is one of six contracted vessels to be named in honor of either Native Americans or Native American tribes and will be used to support the service branch's submarine salvage operations.

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Navy to Commission HII-Built USS Paul Ignatius Missile Destroyer

The USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to be commissioned into naval service on July 27 at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Huntington Ingalls Industries-manufactured vessel is named after the 59th U.S. Navy secretary and will be the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer owned by the military service, the Defense Department said Wednesday

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