Dominique Stump

DoD Pledges Continued Support for Colombia’s Peace Process

The Defense Department has pledged $10 million to aid the Colombian government’s humanitarian mine clearance operations as part of the U.S.’ continued support for the ongoing peace process in Colombia, DoD News reported Monday. DoD News reports that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Colombian counterpart Luis Carlos Villegas talked about bilateral military relations Monday over the phone. …

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USS Zumwalt Destroyer Sails to Baltimore Ahead of Commissioning Ceremony

The USS Zumwalt guided missile destroyer has sailed from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia in preparation for a commissioning ceremony in Baltimore, USNI News reported Friday. The ship left earlier than scheduled in an effort to avoid Hurricane Matthew after it received repairs at the naval station, Sam LaGrone writes. Chief of Naval Operations …

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Navy Creates Mobile Combat Simulation Tech for Civilian Use

The U.S. Navy has developed a mobile combat simulation platform that will allow civilian users to experience a Navy SEAL water extraction mission in a virtual environment. The service branch said Friday it will showcase the technology this month during the Sacramento Navy Week and San Francisco Fleet Week events in California as well as at University of Texas campuses …

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NASA Makes Little Progress on Mars Missions Beyond 2020 Rover, Orbiter; Jim Watzin Comments

NASA has made little progress on future Mars missions beyond a 2020 rover in an effort to replace aging spacecraft currently in orbit around the planet, Space News reported Friday. The space agency has prioritized the establishment of an orbiter that will work to relay communications for spacecraft on Mars’ surface and carry high-resolution cameras and others …

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Air Force Establishes New Strategic Development Planning & Execution Office

The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a new office with responsibility over strategic development functions in support of the military branch’s development planning and experimentations initiatives. The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Execution Office will work to aid senior-level decision makers in efforts to build on agility and structure strategies through development planning and testing efforts, the …

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FAA Seeks to Update Professional Development of Air Carrier Pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed an update to professional development training standards on commercial air carrier pilots in an effort to drive compliance with standard procedures. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will require pilots-in-command to undergo mentoring and leadership and command training with assistance to observe and familiarize themselves with flight operation procedures before they join …

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NIH Issues $20M in Peripheral Nervous System Research Funds

The National Institutes of Health will provide approximately $20 million in funds to support research of the peripheral nervous system as part of the agency’s Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions program. NIH said Thursday it aims to help find new treatments for asthma, diabetes and nausea with additional goals to grow knowledge and address technology challenges. Goals of the biological …

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Profile: Lisa Blumerman, Census Bureau Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs

Lisa Blumerman has served as associate director for decennial census programs at the U.S. Census Bureau since March 2015. In this capacity, she provides executive leadership and direction for the bureau’s American Community Survey, geographic programs and the 2020 Census. The 19-year bureau veteran also held the roles of assistant associate director for decennial census …

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Air Force Establishes Chief Information Security Office & Year-Long Cyber Awareness Campaign

The U.S. Air Force will establish a new chief information security office and in conjunction has started a year-long campaign to promote and address cybersecurity across the military service. The campaign will work to encourage all personnel across the service branch to integrate cybersecurity in their daily routines, the Air Force said Monday. Lt. Gen. William …

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