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DoD Requests Additional Funds to Combat Islamic State Group’s Drones

The Defense Department has requested $20 million in funds from Congress to counter drone threats posed by the Islamic State organization in addition to the existing $189.7 million budget to combat hostile networks, Defense News reported Saturday. Jen Judson writes DoD would put the money into the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund to buy tools …

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USAF Vet Robert Brock Named 1st Director for UAS in Kansas

Robert Brock, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, has joined the Kansas Transportation Department as that agency’s first unmanned aircraft systems director, The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday. Jerry Siebenmark writes the 22-year Air Force veteran previously held responsibilities for intelligence and special operations units that use drones. Brock will work to …

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GAO Urges NOAA to Assess Satellite Launch Costs, Based on Life Expectancy

The Government Accountability Office has called on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to review the costs and intended benefits of its satellite launch program based on life expectancy in order to schedule investments. GAO said Thursday NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System program continues to develop the JPSS-1 satellite in …

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NASA: 3 Astronauts Begin Voyage to ISS Onboard Soyuz MS-01 Spacecraft

An updated Soyuz spacecraft launched Wednesday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to ferry three crew members to the International Space Station. Kate Rubins of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia’s space agency and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency began their voyage 9:36 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday and will test modified systems …

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GAO Finds Incomplete Historical Data on Canceled DoD Solicitations

The Government Accountability Office has found incomplete historical data available from government sources to analyze the Defense Department‘s canceled solicitations. GAO said Wednesday DoD officials indicated the department does not track data on canceled solicitations and that data available on the Federal Business Opportunities portal is not in a format suitable for trend analysis. …

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GAO Urges Census Bureau to Revamp Life-Cycle Cost Estimate Process

The Government Accountability Office has asked the U.S. Census Bureau to change the bureau’s life-cycle cost estimating process in order to meet GAO’s recommended characteristics for what a cost estimate entails. GAO said Thursday the bureau’s 2015 cost estimate for the 2020 Census did not contain the characteristics of what auditors referred …

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