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Kristen Baldwin on How Air Force Advances Digital Engineering

Kristen Baldwin

Kristen Baldwin, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said the service is applying digital engineering to speed up the development of new platforms and an example of that is the T-7A trainer aircraft. Baldwin said the Air Force is working with industry and pursuing efforts to develop a “digital stack of models and infrastructure.

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DARPA to Host Proposers Day for ‘Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance’ Program; Bruce Draper Quoted

Artificial intelligence

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will hold a Proposers Day on March 18th for a program that seeks to develop artificial intelligence-enabled assistants that could help human users carry out complex tasks, minimize errors and expand their skillsets. The Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance program intends to explore advances in augmented reality for human-computer interfaces and deep learning for speech and video analysis.

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CISA Asks Agencies to Apply Patches to Microsoft Exchange On-Premises Servers Via Emergency Directive

Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an emergency directive requiring agencies to update their on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers with security patches or disconnect the products. All agency chief information officers should submit a report by Friday, March 5th, using the provided template to inform CISA about their status.

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DOJ Updates Annual Report Data Tool on Freedom of Information Act Website

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has updated the Annual Report Data page on the Freedom of Information Act website and uploaded all fiscal year 2020 FOIA reports prepared by 119 agencies onto the online platform. Annual reports show that agencies received 790,772 FOIA requests and processed 772,952 of those requests in the previous fiscal year.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Begins Work on Declassification Strategy

Gen. Jay Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force is working on a declassification strategy to help facilitate integration across the joint forces and with international partners. Raymond said Wednesday at a virtual event with the National Press Club that parts of the new service’s mission are being hampered by the classification mechanism.

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Stacey Dixon: NGA Should Deliver at ‘Speed of Mission Need’

Stacey Dixon

Stacey Dixon, deputy director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said NGA needs to come up with faster platforms and services as the U.S. edge in GEOINT is being challenged. “We’re asking for your help to help us reimagine the geoint enterprise,” Dixon said Tuesday at the virtual NGA Industry Strategy Summit 2021.

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GAO Adds Small Business Emergency Loans, Drug Misuse to High-Risk List

Drug Misuse

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has added national initiatives to respond to, recover from and prevent drug misuse and emergency loans for small businesses to its “high-risk list” or areas in federal operations that require major reforms to reduce waste and address fraud, mismanagement and abuse. The addition of the two new areas to the 2021 list brings the total number of high-risk areas to 36. 

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Defense Innovation Unit Transitioned 11 Commercial Prototypes in 2020

Defense Innovation Unit

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) said in its annual report that it launched 23 new projects in 2020, which reflects a year-over-year increase of 35 percent, and transitioned 11 prototypes to Department of Defense partners for large-scale procurement. DIU received 944 commercial proposals and awarded 56 prototype other transaction agreements to companies in 2020, bringing the total number of prototype OTAs issued to 208.

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Customs and Border Protection Issues Privacy Impact Assessment for ‘CBP One’ Mobile App

Customs and Border

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a mobile application in Oct. 2020 and conducted a privacy impact assessment to help address privacy risks associated with the use of the CBP One app. CBP One seeks to serve as a single portal to various services offered by the agency and is designed for use by travelers, brokers, importers, carriers and international organizations.

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