Matthew Nelson

Air Force Research Lab to Hold Industry Event for New Procurement Vehicle

Air Force Research

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is slated to conduct a two-day virtual event from April 13th to 14th to discuss a new rapid and agile procurement vehicle to industry and academia. AFRL will accommodate industry partners on the first day while academic institutions are free to join the following day. 

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DOE to Fund Water Treatment Projects in 13 States

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will award $27.5 million in funds to 16 projects that aim to deliver sustainable water sources and low-cost treatment options to various sectors across 13 U.S. states. The funding opportunity is a part of DOE's efforts to support the government's intent to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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DHS Taps University of Washington APL to Create Testing Criteria for COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

UW-APL

The University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL-UW) received nearly $960,000 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) to devise testing criteria for digital COVID-19 contact tracing tools. UW-APL will also study and create policy considerations for the usage of contact tracing applications to maintain civil liberty and privacy protection, DHS said Monday.

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DOE Unveils Funding Opportunities for Data Science, Computing Research Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award a total of $34.5 million in funds to support research efforts on data science and computation-based approaches that could forecast harsh weather patterns, address scientific gaps and accelerate clean energy technology development. DOE will obligate a cumulative sum of $11.5 million for the two funding opportunities within the current fiscal year.

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Dawn O’Connell to Be Nominated HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, Response

Dawn O Connell

President Biden intends to nominate Dawn O'Connell, a senior counselor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, the White House announced Friday. In her current capacity, O'Connell helps the HHS secretary coordinate departmentwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AWS, Oxford University Explore Human-Machine Collaboration With AI, Cloud Tech

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the University of Oxford in England have partnered to test proofs of concept for human-machine interaction in education and other research areas using artificial intelligence tools and cloud computing platforms. AWS will also collaborate with the Oxford University's mathematical, physical and life sciences division in other projects through 2022 to incorporate AI and cloud technologies. 

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Trade Associations Offer Educational Resources to Help Industry Manage Cyber Risks

Cybersecurity Competition

Five trade organizations in the security industry have created programs and materials designed to help organizations avoid sophisticated cyberattacks and protect sensitive data from threat actors. PSA Security Network published a white paper for the electronic security industry to learn about the Center for Internet Security controls. ASIS International offers insight on cybersecurity issues through the group's security management publication. 

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Northcom, NORAD to Host Five-Day AI System Demo

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will hold a five-day demonstration to test artificial intelligence technologies that will be incorporated into various decision-making processes. The demonstration is a part of the U.S. military's plans to transition to joint all-domain command and control technologies.

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DOD, Norwegian Ministry of Defense to Build Solid Fuel Ramjet for Hypersonic, Supersonic Weaponry

Hypersonic

The Department of Defense (DOD) has teamed up with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense to build a high-speed propulsion technology that could support hypersonic and supersonic weapons. THOR-ER began in 2019 and is expected to wrap up in 2024. Ramjets are propulsion systems that compress the air for combustion by utilizing a missile's forward motion.

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DOE to Fund Particle Accelerator Tech Projects; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $18 million in funds to support projects that will speed up the development of particle accelerator technologies. DOE said Tuesday it will award $6 million through the Accelerator Stewardship program to fund efforts that will focus on the application of particle accelerators in security, industry, energy and medicine.

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