Matthew Nelson

Army, Clemson University to Build Digital Fabrication System

Internet of Battlefield

The U.S. Army teamed up with Clemson University to develop an artificial intelligence-based digital life cycle system that will design, study and fabricate parts for various applications. ARL and Clemson University are set to hold a symposium to tackle their collaborative programs and discuss topics such as manufacturing sciences and engineering.

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DOD Chooses Virginia Tech to Lead Acquisition Research Hub

Virginia Tech

The Department of Defense has tapped Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University along with two other institutions to lead a center that seeks to augment the Defense Acquisition System's efficiency. The Acquisition Innovation and Research Center will explore approaches in procuring resources and products that could support the U.S. military. 

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Army Seeks to Inform Future Warfighting Concepts via Soldier Engagement, Tech Demonstration

Army unmanned tech demo

The Army Research Laboratory is engaging service members and scientists in technology concept discussions through reality tour events in an effort to accelerate the feedback process for new information technology or weapon systems. Sgt. Maj. Luke Blum, senior enlisted adviser at the U.S. Army's Combat Capabilities Development Command, and members of Team Ignite visited the ARL Robotics Research Collaborative Campus last week to observe autonomous ground vehicle demonstrations within an unstructured environment, the laboratory said Thursday.

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Gina Raimondo Takes Oath as Commerce Secretary

Gina Raimondo

Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Gina Raimondo, former governor of Rhode Island, as the 40th secretary of the Department of Commerce. Raimondo received the Senate's confirmation to become the commerce secretary with a vote of 84-15. In her new capacity, she will oversee several Commerce agencies that work towards economic growth

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Navy Warfare Centers Collaborate on Force Analysis

Performance Test

The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock and Dahlgren (NSWCDD) divisions have joined forces to analyze the surface fleet force using the Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM). Both NSWC units also worked with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and Naval Air Systems Command to help modelers and analysts understand the STORM model system through a training program.

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NIST Develops Interactive Tool for Military Fire Extinguisher Agent Calculations

Military Fire

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created an interactive spreadsheet to help military personnel calculate the amount of chemicals needed to suppress ground and aerial vehicle fires. Jiann Yang, deputy chief of NIST's fire research division, said he believes many U.S. military and commercial aircraft manufacturing companies have used PROFISSY to design and produce fire suppression systems.

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Deep North Secures DHS Funds for Airport Video Analytics Project

Federal CDO Council RFI

California-based startup company Deep North has secured a $196,880 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate to implement video analytics technology in the Transportation Security Administration's passenger screening procedure at airports. Phase I of the project also looks to incorporate automated body and baggage scanning software into the system.

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Begin Migration to Maritime Systems Environment

Maritime Systems

Norfolk Naval Shipyard will migrate its applications and data into a new environment April 9th as a part of the efforts to comply with Naval Sea Systems Command's mandate to update corporate platforms. The migration into the Maritime Systems Environment (MSE) will modify all corporate tools into web-based applications while platforms. 

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Sonny Hashmi: GSA to Co-Chair COVID-19 Workforce Group

Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, commissioner at the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service (GSA FAS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has announced that GSA will serve as co-chair of the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force to help the government address issues brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is exploring various processes and policies to enhance procurement efforts. 

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DHS Introduces Online Resources for GPS Spoofing Prevention; Jim Platt Quoted

CISA Cybersecurity Tools

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) directorate has released two online resources as part of efforts to help the public mitigate GPS spoofing incidents. DHS said Friday it seeks to assist users in checking the GPS data's integrity through the Epsilon Algorithm Suite and the Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Integrity Library.

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