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Federal CIO Clare Martorana: Government Should Serve as Blueprint for Diverse, Equitable Service

Clare Martorana

Clare Martorana, federal chief information officer, said the government must serve as the blueprint for a diverse, equitable and accessible service that treats employees with dignity and respect, NextGov reported Wednesday. Speaking during an event of the American Council for Technology & Industry Advisory Council, the federal CIO said it is the job of the information technology team to ensure a seamless and secure customer experience for the citizens. 

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Maj. Gen. Michael Langley Nominated as Marine Corps Forces Commander

Michael Langley

Maj. Gen. Michael Langley, deputy commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, has been nominated by President Biden as the commander of the service branch. Langley, one of the only six Black generals in the U.S. Marine Corps, will also be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in line with the nomination. 

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AFLCMC Eyes to Use GHOST Sensor for Improved Aircraft Flexibility

GHOST Program

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) sensor division is eyeing to utilize a sensor that offers flexibility in flying on various aircraft as the unit develops a platform-agile and open architecture technology for airborne signals intelligence. Under the Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology program, the sensor will be placed in a pod attached under the aircraft as part of the initial configuration. 

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OPM Seeks ‘Dedicated Funding’ for IT Modernization; Kiran Ahuja Quoted

Kiran Ahuja

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has agreed to the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) recommendation to Congress to provide more funding that will support OPM's information technology modernization efforts, FedScoop reported Monday. OPM recently released its response to the congressionally mandated report of NAPA, which urged the agency to prioritize IT modernization and ask for resources from the lower house for the development of its digital platforms and programs. 

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Sean Connelly: Agencies Can Utilize CISA Services to Meet Zero Trust Security Mandate

Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly, program manager of Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said that CISA will offer services for agencies mandated to implement zero trust strategies under President Biden’s cybersecurity executive order. CISA plans to make its protective domain name system services available to other agencies in an effort to help them reach zero trust maturity status.

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Shannon Curry Named Principal Investigator for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere Exploration; Bruce Jakosky Quoted

Shannon Curry

NASA has appointed planetary scientist Shannon Curry to serve as principal investigator for the space agency's first mission to study the atmosphere of Mars. She replaces Bruce Jakosky, who led the orbital operations of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission for seven years and will continue to work as a member of the mission team.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD’s Joint Experimentation, Modernization Initiatives Seek to Link Mission Objectives, Capabilities

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary at the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said she wants to expand joint experimentation efforts that will link the national defense strategy and technologies to address mission challenges for the military. "I firmly believe that national objectives should connect to the budget through concepts and capabilities," said Hicks. 

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Philip Duffy Rejoins OSTP to Serve as Climate Science Adviser

Philip Duffy

Philip Duffy, former president and executive director of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, has returned to the Office of Science and Technology Office as climate science adviser to OSTP's first-ever climate and environment division, the White House announced Sept. 1st. The White House noted that his new appointment comes at a crucial time, following the Aug. 9 release of the IPCC report.

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Berkeley Lab, 2 Universities to Collaborate on DOE-Backed Quantum Network Testbed Project

Quantum Internet Concept

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will collaborate with two research universities in California to develop a testing platform for the quantum internet concept under project to be funded by DOE. Berkeley Lab said its partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology will aim to produce a software-based quantum computing network application.

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Gilbert Herrera Returns to NSA as Research Director

Gilbert Herrera

Gilbert Herrera, a nearly four-decade veteran of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and member of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), has rejoined the National Security Agency (NSA) to serve as research director. He will oversee a directorate responsible for developing technologies intended to support the agency's signals intelligence and cybersecurity operations, NSA said Thursday in a LinkedIn post.

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