Christine Thropp

DOE Announces $54M Clean Energy R&D Funding for 235 Small Businesses; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $54 million worth of federal funding to 235 small businesses to support 266 research and development projects focused on advanced grid technologies, artificial intelligence, carbon capture and storage, solar and hydrogen power, electric vehicle batteries and other technological products that could help DOE record net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Federal Laboratory Consortium Elects NSA’s Linda Burger as Executive Board Chair

Linda Burger

Linda Burger, a director of a National Security Agency (NSA) office, has been elected as the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) executive board chair, responsible for driving the implementation of FLC initiatives meant to help consortium members and stakeholders. The FLC, which was was organized in 1974, represents over 300 federal laboratories, agencies and research centers.

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Georgia Tech’s Research Arm Secures $92M Air Force Contract for Analysis Documentation Support

Georgia Tech

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a potential five-year, $92 million sole-source contract to a nonprofit research organization at Georgia Institute of Technology to procure analysis documentation services in support of government technology development and fielding efforts. Work in Atlanta, Georgia, is expected to be completed on June 3, 2026.

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force to Establish Commercial Space Services Organization

Gen. David Thompson

Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson said the U.S. Space Force will expand the responsibilities of one of its offices to cover assessment and acquisition of commercial space services in addition to its oversight of commercial satellite communications. Thompson shared that the Commercial Satellite Communications Office will turn into a “commercial services office” following the creation of the Space Systems Command.

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Biden to Nominate Army’s Kathleen Miller as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)

Kathleen Miller

President Biden plans to nominate Kathleen Miller, administrative assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Army, as deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller). The White House said Friday that Miller, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has experience in defense comptrollership and has been holding the senior career civilian position at the Army since October 2018.

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DOE Announces $100M in Research Grants to Early-Career Scientists; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $100 million in funding to support efforts to expand the skilled science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce through the Early Career Research Program. Eighty-three scientists representing 11 DOE National Laboratories and 41 universities will receive grants that will cover salary and research expenses over a five-year period.

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Stephen Volz on NOAA’s Portfolio Approach to Earth-Observation Mission

Stephen Volz

Stephen Volz, assistant administrator for National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) at NOAA, said NESDIS is adopting an approach where a satellite is built while taking into account other satellite constellations and how the systems work together. Volz explained that a portfolio approach to the Earth-observation mission is aimed at helping the agency "have the best mix and match of instruments and observations in the coming years."

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NASA Developing New Earth System Observatory for Guiding Climate Change Mitigation Efforts; Bill Nelson Quoted

Bill Nelson

NASA plans to establish a new Earth system observatory that could help inform efforts on climate change, disaster mitigation and forest fire response as well as support modernization of real-time agricultural processes. The space agency said Tuesday that the observatory is aimed at providing a 3D view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere.

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Johns Hopkins APL Demos Cybersecurity Technologies for Industrial Control Systems; David Halla Quoted

Johns Hopkins APL

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has tested research technologies under a Department of Homeland Security-funded pilot that aims to safeguard industrial control systems from cyber-attacks. Demonstrations showcased the capabilities of APL-developed technologies to prevent, detect and mitigate cyberattacks on industrial control systems.

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New National Cybersecurity CoE Project Focuses on Trusted IoT Device Onboarding Processes

NIST Cybersecurity

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has introduced a project that aims to present approaches to trusted network-layer onboarding processes and lifecycle management of internet of things (IoT) devices. The project is intended to deliver a publicly available NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide.

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