Mary-Louise Hoffman

Bipartisan Bill Would Create Semiconductor Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit; Sen. Ron Wyden Quoted

FABS Act

A bipartisan group of six senators proposed creating a 25 percent tax incentive for companies that will invest in equipment and facilities needed to manufacture semiconductors. The tax credit proposal is part of the Facilitating American-Built Semiconductors Act sponsored by Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Mark Warner, D-Va.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

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White House Allocates $3B for COVID-19 Antiviral Drug R&D Program

Antiviral Program

The Biden administration plans to spend more than $3 billion on projects to discover, develop and manufacture antiviral drugs for the prevention of illness and death from COVID-19. This investment is for the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS said Thursday.

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DARPA, Dynetics-Led Industry Team to Conduct Next UAV Swarm Demo in Q4

Gremlins Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could further test air launch and recovery of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles with an industry team led by Leidos' Dynetics subsidiary in October or November. Dynetics bested three other participants to win a contract in 2018 to help DARPA build and fly drones for the third phase of the program.

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Brig. Gen. Joseph Dziezynski Takes Charge of Military Intell Readiness Command

Joseph Dziezynski

Brig. Gen. Joseph Dziezynski, former deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, has assumed new duties as head of the Army Reserve's Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC). Dziezynski will lead the organization that provides operational intelligence support to combatant commands and national intelligence agencies.

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Senate Passes $250B US Competitiveness Bill to Advance Research, Tech Development

Innovation and

The Senate voted 68-32 to pass the Innovation and Competition Act, a bipartisan bill to authorize nearly $250 billion for scientific research, technology development and manufacturing efforts meant to increase U.S.' global competitive position. The bill would allocate a five-year. $29 billion budget to establish a technology and innovation directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

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Messaging Platform Helps FBI Catch Transnational Criminal Networks; Randy Grossman Quoted

Operation Trojan Shield

The FBI used a mobile communications platform and collaborated with foreign law enforcement agencies in a global sting operation that led to more than 800 arrests of crime network members across 16 countries. The bureau and its international partners covertly tracked suspected transnational criminal activity using the encrypted Anom messaging system as part of Operation Trojan Shield.

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Air Force Works on Cloud-Based Aircraft Transit Planning System

JMPS Open

The airspace mission planning division at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts is developing a cloud-based application to support the Department of Defense's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) vision. USAF said Monday the tool will use a collaborative microservice-based platform, called the JMPS Open Mission System, and the Cloud One computing environment as part of a project to update the branch's Joint Mission Planning System.

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Army-Led AI Study Identifies Collaborative Multiagent System Development Approach

Artificial Intelligence

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has examined the underlying process of information exchange in reinforcement learning algorithms and identified a framework for the development of multiple artificial intelligence models that may support robot-soldier collaboration. The team believes its findings could pave the way for further studies into teaming between autonomous technology and soldiers.

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DOD Seeks AI Algorithms for Air Domain Collaborative Autonomy Project

DIU Artificial

The Department of Defense's innovation arm has introduced an artificial intelligence development competition with the intent to identify algorithms that have the potential to facilitate autonomous coordination among long-range, fixed-wing air vehicles. DOD is inviting commercial organizations to propose AI-based algorithms for a prototyping project that will center around the collaborative formation, threat avoidance and dynamic task allocation areas

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Contractors Propose US Government-Industry Collaboration Forums for Afghan Drawdown

Afghan Drawdown

The Professional Services Council (PSC), the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) have urged the federal government to create two collaborative forums to engage the contracting industry in the planning and implementation of a process to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11th.

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