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Senate Panel OKs Funding for Pentagon’s Space-Based Sensor Layer

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon's proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earth’s orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday. Funding for the project was added to the panel’s version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation. 

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Air Force Accelerates Acquisition to Bring in New Capabilities

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said that congressional authorities for rapid technology prototyping and testing helped the service meet its Century Challenge milestone to cut 100 years from ongoing weapons development programs. The service said Thursday it started streamlining processes in May 2018 through the authorities provided by the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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DIA Works on New Tool to Help Military Utilize Big Data

The Defense Intelligence Agency is developing a new data analytics tool to help federal analysts and planners better collect and analyze big data for intelligence and understand operations of adversaries. The Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System utilizes cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning to modernize existing military databases, DIA said Thursday

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DHS Preps to Award Contract for New CDM Dashboard

The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a contract in the coming weeks for a new dashboard to utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning to support the agency’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, FCW reported Wednesday. DHS wants to integrate emerging technologies into the dashboard to improve access and management of data gathered through CDM. 

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DoD Looks to Cut Regulations, Processes for Rapid Tech Acquisition

The official managing the Department of Defense’s acquisition enablers initiative sets policy updates and less acquisition regulations and cybersecurity standards as top priorities to accelerate adoption of new military capabilities, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. “If we can create a more modular approach to the way that we buy capabilities, we can deliver them faster,” Stacy Cummings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for acquisition enablers, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

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CISA Unveils New Guide to Secure US Elections

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued its latest list of best practices to enhance election security across the U.S. The document released on Tuesday is intended to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in their cybersecurity efforts to protect enterprise networks and election infrastructure. 

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Feds Call for Focus on Supply Chain Security Amid Rise of 5G

Federal cybersecurity officials called on U.S. allies to check the security risks of commercial products and services to support the implementation of 5G across their countries, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The growing presence of Chinese equipment, such as Huawei, across the world could put government networks at risk of interference in the future, according to Christopher Krebs, director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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SOCOM Looks to Enhance Operations with Artificial Intelligence

The Special Operations Command plans to apply artificial intelligence into its operations to help the U.S. stay ahead of Russia, China and other adversaries in employing new technologies to boost military power, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Officials from SOCOM's component commands discussed the efforts of near-peer competitors to modernize capabilities during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla.

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GAO: OPM Faces Challenges in Reorganization Efforts

Almost a year after the Office of Personnel Management started reorganization, the reform remains as a challenge for the agency and its partner organizations. A new report issued Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office highlights that OPM, the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration failed to implement proper reform efforts, including an implementation plan. 

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Army to Award Contracts for Future Simulator, VR Training Systems

The U.S. Army will award contracts to support the testing and development of a new set of simulators and virtual reality-based training systems this summer, Army Times reported Monday. Service officials aim to bring advanced simulators to four to five installations over the next two years and to begin fielding the training systems at all major Army facilities in mid-2020s.

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