Matthew Nelson

Concentric Real Time Receiver Obtains NASA License

Location Data

NASA has licensed a search-and-rescue technology built by Concentric Real Time to transmit location data. The receiver works with a new high-resolution signal to enhance the accuracy of location results, NASA said Tuesday. Reese Bovard, president at Concentric Real Time, said the technology complements a search-and-rescue platform developed by NASA's SAR office.

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Kenautics Gets DHS Funding to Develop Underwater Tracking Tech

DHS

Kenautics Inc. has secured $157,800 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation to build a tracking system for marking and monitoring objects underwater. The company proposed to repackage its handheld Diver Navigation and Imaging System into a ruggedized buoy that can be deployed from air, land or sea under harsh conditions. 

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Glenn Woroch Named FCC Chief Economist; Ajit Pai Quoted

Glenn Woroch

Glenn Woroch, adjunct professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, has joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve as chief economist for the next year. "I look forward to learning from his insights into various aspects of the Commission’s critical work," said Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC.

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Maj. Gen. John Shaw Nominated to Lead Space Command

Lt. Gen. John Shaw

President Trump has nominated Maj. Gen. John Shaw, commander of the Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) and the Space Operations Command, to serve as deputy commander at the U.S. Space Command. Shaw will elevate to the rank of lieutenant general once he receives confirmation from the Senate, the Department of Defense (DoD) said Thursday.

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NGA Launches Satellite Imagery Circle Finder Competition

Quantum Research

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has offered a $50,000 prize pool for novel approaches that employ artificial intelligence to detect circular-shaped elements in satellite images. NGA said Monday that it is seeking automated approaches that can trace, delineate and describe circles in satellite imagery as part of the Circle Finder challenge.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Improvement Act for Public Sector; Rep. John Katko Quoted

US Capitol

The House has approved a bipartisan bill that seeks to mitigate cybersecurity gaps on local and state government networks. The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act will authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to facilitate a $400 million grant effort that will incentivize state governments to increase their respective cybersecurity funds, the office of Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y. 

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DHS Taps Two Companies for Network Modeling Tech Dev’t

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded SecureLogix and Achilles Heel Technologies a total of $1.96 million in funds through Phase II of the Small Business Innovation Research program to build technologies that will support dynamic network modeling capabilities for emergency communication and risk management networks. SecureLogix will continue the development of a modeling tool that will assist 911 decision makers.

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NSF Names Sean Jones as Directorate Head; Sethuraman Panchanathan Quoted

Sean Jones

Sean Jones, former acting deputy division director at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) division of materials research, has been appointed to lead NSF's mathematical and physical sciences directorate. Prior to his appointment, Jones served as acting assistant director at the MPS directorate. Jones started his career at NSF in 2009 as program director.

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DOE Launches Effort to Build, Deploy Cybersecurity Tech for Utility Companies

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has earmarked $12 million in cooperative agreements to support the development and deployment of cybersecurity technologies for distribution and municipal utility companies. CESER seeks to field one technology from the program to utility companies by 2023. 

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