Angeline Leishman

DOE Awards $127M in Grants to 110 Small Businesses for Clean Energy R&D Projects; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $127 million in funding to small businesses across 26 states working on clean energy technologies. The 110 projects cover various technological areas such as renewable and fusion energy, carbon management and cybersecurity. Emissol from Washington state received $1.65 million to research a low-cost pathway. 

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Christopher Scolese: Commercial Systems Part of NRO’s Space Architecture

Christopher Scolese

Christopher Scolese, director of the National Reconnaissance Office and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said he expects commercial technology to play an important role in the agency's future space architecture as the threat landscape continues to evolve. “We're making architectural changes to improve resiliency, increase capacity and capabilities, and ensure the delivery of NRO mission-essential functions," Scolese said.

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President Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for DOJ Antitrust Division’s Assistant Attorney General

Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter, a more than two-decade legal professional, will be nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's antitrust division, the White House announced Tuesday. Kanter is a founding partner at Washington, D.C.-based Kanter Law Group and is known for advocating antitrust enforcement in the technology industry.

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FAA Opens New Field Office to Monitor Safety of Commercial Space Operations in Texas, New Mexico; Wayne Monteith Quoted

FAA Safety Field Office

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a new safety field office in Houston, Texas, in an effort to enhance monitoring of the increasing commercial space operations in the area and in New Mexico. The new facility will host inspectors tasked to oversee ongoing testings and other work by SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and other space companies, FAA said Monday.

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David Ziska: NSA Program Offers Pre-Vetted Commercial Tech Products for Classified Telework

David Ziska

The U.S. Army and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have turned to a National Security Agency (NSA) program to obtain pre-vetted platforms designed to secure classified government data in remote environments. David Ziska, deputy director of NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified program, said the CSfC inventory has 22 categories across multiple product lines with most of the offerings already familiar to customer agencies.

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Amanda Gentry Promoted to Lead Air Force Research Lab’s Sensors Directorate

Amanda Gentry

Amanda Gentry, formerly director of engineering at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's capabilities integration directorate, has been promoted as director of the sensors directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). With that promotion, Gentry also elevates to the Senior Executive Service.

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DOE Funds 5 Supercomputer Research Projects to Advance Quantum, Chemical Studies; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $28 million to support five software development projects aimed at improving supercomputers in support of its scientific studies toward clean energy. The selected teams will work on computational methods, algorithms and software to advance U.S. capabilities in quantum information science and chemical reactions, the agency said Friday.

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DHS, Nonprofit IT Developer to Update First Responder Communication Platform


The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology (DHS S&T) directorate and a Vienna, Virginia-based nonprofit information technology development organization to update a mobile communications tool that works to help first responders exchange critical information. Beacon NGO will perform code analysis work and add features to the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) as part of a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with DHS S&T. 

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Air Force Demos MQ-9 Takeoff, Landing System Readiness

Air Force MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force's 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron has proven the readiness of an automatic takeoff and landing system for the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft during a two-day flight test from Creech AF Base in Nevada to two separate destinations. The drone took off and landed by itself during trips to Cannon and Holloman bases in New Mexico. 

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DOD Tasks Detroit Mercy to Establish Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute

University of Detroit

The University of Detroit Mercy has received a $1.12 million grant from the Department of Defense to form a regional-based consortium that will offer education for vehicle cybersecurity engineering. The Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute will consist of various academic institutions in southeast Michigan focused on improving the U.S. cybersecurity workforce, Detroit Mercy said Wednesday.

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