Darwin McDaniel

Marine Corps Looks to Buy MQ-9 Reapers to Take New Missions

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.

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DHS Gathers Responders to Test New Techs in Texas

The Department of Homeland Security held a large-scale experiment in Texas to see how emergency responders can utilize new government-developed and commercial technologies integrated into existing public safety systems. The Next Generation First Responder Program– Harris County Operational Experiment at the Port of Houston gathered Houston-based public safety agencies, industry partners, DHS components and the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS said Tuesday.

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Congress Showing Support for New Space Development Agency

Fred Kennedy, director of Space Development Agency, said that lawmakers are showing interest in supporting the newly-established agency, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. The Pentagon stood up SDA to help utilize commercial technologies to accelerate development of space systems in March.

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NGA to Help States Work on Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Election

The National Governors Association picked six states to enhance interagency operations and communications ahead of the 2020 election. Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia will work with NGA’s Homeland Security and Public Safety division to boost cybersecurity, promote cooperation and create statewide response plans for attacks on election systems, the organization said Wednesday

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NARA Eyes Blockchain to Maintain ‘Real’ Information

The National Archives and Records Administration is looking at blockchain technology to change how it authenticates images and videos amid the rise of deepfake, Federal News Network reported Monday. The move follows the launch of machine learning algorithms designed to manipulate images and audio to make realistic videos of people talking about something or performing activities. 

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Army Sets New Plans to Boost Air and Missile Defense

The U.S.Army issued a new roadmap outlining plans to modernize its air-and-missile defense through 2028 to deter emerging weapons of adversaries, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. The roadmap focuses on the development of air-and-missile defense technologies, new capabilities for multi-domain operations, training of forces and maintaining forward presence and partnerships. 

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Jennifer Costello Takes Lead as DHS Acting Inspector General

Jennifer Costello, deputy inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, will take on the new role as the agency’s acting inspector general, replacing John Kelly, who was scheduled to retire June 10, The Hill reported Monday. “I accelerated my retirement because I feel it’s in the best interest of the organization and its employees,” Kelly said in a statement. 

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