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Austal USA Delivers Future USS Cincinnati to Navy

The U.S. Navy has received the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) from Austal USA, which will be the 10th Independence variant to join the service’s fleet of littoral combat ships. The company delivered the ship to the Navy during a ceremony at the company’s facility in Mobile, Ala., Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday

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Marine Corps Looks at Challenges to Use IT-as-a-Service Model

The U.S. Marine Corps raised concerns that challenges that remain to implement a new information technology-as-a-Service contracting model, which will enable the service to move operations to contractors, FedScoop reported Friday. Officials said they intend to utilize the IT model to free up service members from basic commodity operations.

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Federal Govt’s Global City Teams Challenge Expo Set for July

The federal government will host the Global City Teams Challenge/Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Expo on July 10 to 12 to demonstrate new technologies to address the challenges to public safety and services. The event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., aims to gather municipal governments and their tech partners from across the world, DHS said Thursday

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Marine Corps to Test New Military Ground-Based Laser Weapon

The U.S. Marine Corps received the first laser weapon approved by the Department of Defense for ground operations. Marines will test and evaluate the Compact Laser Weapons System that works to counter unmanned aerial systems. The service said Wednesday DoD plans to deploy CLaWS across the military as a component to a larger system used to counter drones.

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New Unit Promotes Rapid Comms Deployment Across Army

A new unit is helping the U.S. Army utilize rapid deployment of communications to modernize its tactical network, C4ISRNet reported Wednesday. The Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced is being deployed worldwide to provide comms systems support to other units in the field. 

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Jim Bridenstine Says Industry Could Land on Moon Ahead of NASA

NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine said the private sector may reach the moon ahead of the agency’s plan to return astronauts to the lunar surface over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. He expects commercial missions to make successful landings before the government’s target schedule for 2024.

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NSF Taps Industry to Update Strategic Computing Initiative

The National Science Foundation issued a request for information seeking industry comments on the challenges and updates to U.S. strategic computing to maintain scientific, technological and economic leadership. The RFI issued Tuesday on Federal Register aims to guide the agency in developing a new National Strategic Computing Initiative.

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