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Navy Opens New Submarine Facility at Norfolk-Based Shipyard

Norfolk Naval Shipyard has launched a new submarine maintenance facility to boost the timeliness of ship deliveries from the U.S. Navy's public shipyards. The two-storey facility supports the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan, and houses maintenance, production and support activities in a single venue beside the shipyard's submarine drydocks, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday. The 24,000-square foot building employs an open-office design to accommodate collaborative work with teams working on submarine projects.

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DHS S&T Pursues Development of Airport Shoe Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a millimeter wave technology designed to scan footwear for airport security. DHS' Science and Technology Directorate said Tuesday that it's pursuing this project as part of the Screening at Speed Program, an effort to boost security effectiveness and reduce waiting times for passengers.

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VA Inspector General Office Audits IT Contract Vehicle; Recommends Strengthened Policy

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General released results of an audit on VA's information technology procurement vehicle. VA OIG said Thursday that it sought to verify the department's compliance with federal regulations in managing the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Next Generation or T4NG contract. In addition, the audit worked to determine whether VA's Technology Acquisition Center helped contractors meet requirements and awarded orders with respect to policy.

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Judy Stecker to Fill Deputy Chief of Staff Role at HHS

Judy Stecker, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, will take up the additional role of deputy chief of staff for operations and strategy. She will work to boost HHS' external efforts in her new role after returning from her maternity leave, the department said Monday.

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USAF Applies New Laser Scanner to Radar Surveying

The U.S. Air Force's 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron received a 3D terrestrial laser scanner for use in radar survey operations. The squadron, stationed at Hill Air Force Base, works to monitor long-range radars to provide perimeter security across the country, USAF said Friday

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NASA OKs Final Design Phase for Asteroid Study Mission

NASA has given the signal to commence the final design and fabrication phase of a mission to study a certain asteroid. The Psyche Mission's approved Phase C will include the development of detailed mission plans and the conclusion of spacecraft assembly and testing, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Tuesday

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USAF Tests KC-46 Tanker Refueling With F-16 Aircraft

McConnell Air Force Base conducted a sortie with the KC-46 Pegasus to verify the aircraft's normal operation and functionality of air refueling systems. The U.S. Air Force's 344th Air Refueling Squadron refilled two F-16 Fighting Falcons four times with about 29,000 pounds of fuel offloaded during the flight, USAF's Team McChord said Thursday

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Navy Applies Virtualization Tech to Marine Corps Training

The U.S. Navy tested an existing 3D virtual training platform for the use of marines assigned to perform command, control, communications, computers and intelligence operations. Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic included the Multi-purpose Reconfigurable Training System in a new equipment training package designed for C4I across marines' communication systems and submarines, the Navy said Thursday.

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USAF Hosts Discussion to Address Pilot Oxygen System Issues

The U.S. Air Force joined experts from the U.S. Navy, NASA, industry and academia to discuss on how to address physiological safety issues of T-6 on-board oxygen generating systems. USAF said Wednesday that it hopes to address the matter by accelerating procurement of new technologies, bolstering research efforts and applying research findings to procurement policy. The discussions took place at a conference in late May at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. 

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