Brenda Marie Rivers

USSOCOM Seeks AI, IoT Concepts for Next-Gen Operational Environment

USSOCOM

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is prioritizing its efforts to deploy a hyper-enabled operator (HEO) technology to help warfighters utilize increased cognitive functionalities in the battlefield. “We are looking to put those types of sensors and communication devices on an operator collecting information in the operational environment,” Barnes added.

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NASA, Int’l Counterparts Deploy GEOINT Sources for COVID-19 Research; Thomas Zurbuchen Quoted

Thomas Zurbuchen

NASA has partnered with its European and Japanese counterparts to leverage their respective geospatial intelligence resources to collect data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. NASA that the agency has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to deploy Earth-observing satellites to document the pandemic’s potential long-term impacts as part of the initiative. 

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Army, USCYBERCOM Deploy Next-Gen Virtual Environments for Training Ops

Training Ops

The U.S. Army Cyber School and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) are continuing training activities through online tools and virtual environments as the ongoing pandemic continues to disrupt normal operations. As part of its remote exercises, the cyber school is incorporating its Virtual Training Area (VTA). 

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GAO: U.S. Air Force Must Improve Assessment of Retention Efforts for Drone Operators

Drone Operators

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending the U.S. Air Force to establish metrics to properly assess its efforts to hire and retain personnel that handle the operations of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The Air Force is yet to achieve its 2024 staffing goals for sensor operators and pilots. 

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Jose Arrieta: Commercial Tech Helped Secure ‘HHS Protect’ COVID-19 Analysis Tool

Jose Arrieta

Jose Arrieta, chief information officer of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said the use of commercial-off-the-shelf technologies resulted in a more flexible approach to gathering data on the COVID-19 pandemic. The department’s HHS Protect data analytics tool was able to establish fortified identity, credential and access management (ICAM) defenses while securing the transmission of data.

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CISA’s Christopher Krebs on Cloud Security, Workforce Diversity Issues Amid COVID-19

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the agency is addressing operational challenges as the pandemic continues to require telework settings. Krebs told attendees during a recent virtual event that CISA seeks to ensure visibility in server management as agencies utilize cloud migration to handle remote work operations.

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TSA Issues Report on 2022 Modernization Priorities

TSA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a report detailing its priorities iand what the agency hopes to achieve through 2022 and ahead of its 25th anniversary in 2026. The Administrator's Intent 2.0 report serves as a blueprint for TSA’s efforts to improve the security of the U.S. transportation system, promote agile response and improve workforce support.

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