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FCC Rejects ZTE’s Petition to not be Declared a National Security Threat

FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to block Chinese company ZTE from contracts under the $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund, due to national security concerns. FCC said Tuesday its Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau denied ZTE's petition for reconsideration of being branded as a threat.

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New Army PEO Directorate Focuses on Program Integration

US Army

The U.S. Army has established a new directorate that will focus on program integration standards, future threat analysis and technology collaboration across the service branch. The service's Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors now has a new integration-focused directorate with three sub-offices.

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USAF Demonstrates B-1B Aircraft’s Expanded Weapons Carriage

B-1B Lancer

A B-1B Lancer aircraft carried a joint air-to-surface standoff missile with an external pylon at Edwards Air Force Base to demonstrate expanded carriage. The aircraft demonstrated performance that may serve as stepping stones to carrying hypersonic weapons in the future. The flight demonstration followed multiple ground tests including one that featured a modified internal bomb bay.

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DoD Funds Projects to Address Defense Industry Manufacturing Gaps

DoD

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued awards worth almost $27 million for nine projects that will prototype manufacturing technologies in support of the defense industrial base. The investment supports the National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative that aims to address the engineering skills gap currently in the defense industry. 

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FAA Sets Criteria for Complex UAS Service Certifications

Federal Aviation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a set of criteria to guide proposed unmanned aircraft system certification across 10 different drone service applicants. The agency will use the criteria to determine the certification of the mentioned companies for complex drone operations. FAA invites the public to comment on airworthiness criteria for each of the applicant companies over a 30-day period.

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USAF Launches Program to Boost Airmen’s Digital Skills; Lt. Gen. Christopher Weggeman Quoted

Christopher Weggeman

The U.S. Air Force has initiated an effort to help airmen access educational opportunities on digital technology, The Digital University program will provide airmen and U.S. Space Force members free access to over 12,000 courses from Pluralsight, Udacity and Udemy. The program's pilot will run through June 2021 before Pluralsight and Udacity licenses.

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OMB Updates Guidelines for New Internet Protocol Adoption; Russell Vought Quoted

Russell Vought

The Office of Management and Budget has released an updated guidance on the federal government's implementation of internet protocol version 6 (IPv6). The guidance also calls for agencies to work with external partners and update public-facing servers and online services in preparation for the implementation. IPv6 replaces the existing IPv4. 

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Needs Domain Awareness Tech to Track Space Debris

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force has a critical need for space domain awareness technologies as debris continues to threaten space operations. The chief said USSF needs to do what it can for the prevention of space debris affecting satellite operations and human life.

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Army Fuses Europe, Africa Forces Into Single Command; Ryan McCarthy Quoted

Ryan McCarthy

The U.S. Army has combined its forces assigned in Europe and Africa into a single command to be led by Gen. Christopher Cavoli. The service branch's consolidated Army Europe and Africa command (USAREUR-AF) will support regional and global readiness in alignment with the National Defense Strategy, said Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the Army and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient

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HHS Needs Info on Technologies to Improve Health Care in Underserved Areas; Brett Giroir Quoted

HHS Technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks input on how to better address chronic diseases and improve the U.S. health care system in underserved communities via innovative technologies. HHS said Tuesday its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) released a request for information in search of ways to apply artificial intelligence, apps, biosensors and other modern technologies to health care.

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