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DOE to Renew Joint Center for Energy Storage Research With $120M Investment

The Department of Energy will invest $120M to renew a center tasked to conduct research on advanced battery science and technology.

The department based its decision to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research on an assessment of the performance of the innovation hub in its first five years of operations, the DOE said Tuesday.

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Kirstjen Nielsen Confirms New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the addition of eight members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Nielsen said in a statement published Tuesday the new HASC members will guide the council in meeting its mission of addressing emerging threats to homeland security.

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Trump Releases Strategy to Boost US Biodefense Enterprise

President Trump has introduced a strategy that aims to help the federal government respond to biological threats and boost the U.S. biodefense enterprise.

Trump noted in his recently signed National Security Presidential Memorandum that secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy, the White House said Tuesday.

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GAO Recommends DoD to Apply Standard Measures for Assessing Military Health Care Providers

The Government Accountability Office has recommended to the Defense Department to implement a common measure when evaluating the performance of health care providers working for the Military Health System.

GAO said in a report published Monday there is also a need for DoD to create a wider range of classifications to measure quality of service and medical conditions that can be assessed, as the department’s existing measures only cover a few.

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NIST Issues Draft Guidance to Reduce Risks in IoT Product Adoptions

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft report that provides recommendations on mitigating technical trust-related concerns that may affect the adoption of Internet-of-Things products and services.

NIST said Monday the document outlines 17 possible issues related to the performance and credibility of IoT systems, as well as offers additional research areas on IoT trust.

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House Votes to Authorize DHS Office to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction

House lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that authorizes an office within the Department of Homeland Security to leverage necessary tools to counter biological and chemical threats from evolving weapons of mass destruction.

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 would assign the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to handle operations to protect the U.S. from WMD threats, the department said Wednesday.

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DoD Officials: Digital Engineering Strategy Will Modernize Weapons Development Processes

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Defense Department, has said the Digital Engineering Strategy will help federal agencies implement digital engineering practices in weapons systems development by the end of 2018.

Griffin noted that the recently released document provides an advanced way of creating defense systems, as well as focuses on rapidly delivering technologies to win future battles, DoD said Thursday.

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