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DHS Announces Winners of Opioid Detection Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled the champion of a global $1.55M competition on opioid detection technology. IDSS, winner of the Opioid Detection Challenge, will receive a $500K grand prize for its IDSS Detect 1000 scanner tool, DHS said Thursday.

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New Earth Observation Plan Encourages National Collaboration; Lawrence Friedl Quoted

An office within the White House has updated a strategy on Earth observation data with efforts to better collaborate with industry and other sectors, Space News reported Wednesday. The Office of Science and Technology Policy's National Science and Technology Council released the National Plan for Civil Earth Observations on Monday.

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Bipartisan Bill Would Grant CISA Supoena Authority for Critical Infrastructure; Sen Ron Johnson Quoted

Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., have introduced a bill that would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to summon internet service providers for information, Fifth Domain reported Thursday. The bill would grant CISA subpoena authority to gather information of an ISP's customers suspected to be using vulnerable infrastructure.

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Army Uses New Procurement Method to Save Money

The U.S. Army has generated $1.2 billion in savings through the use of a new data-driven, category-based procurement process, said an executive within the service branch.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Focus on Counter-UAS Tech in 2020

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said the Department of Defense intends to prioritize technologies that counter small enemy unmanned aircraft systems, C4ISRnet reported Wednesday. DoD will streamline efforts into three to five anti-drone systems for department-wide deployment, Lord, who is also a 2019 Wash100 winner, told reporters Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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NASA to Prepare SLS Core Stage for Potential 2021 Launch

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, has announced the completion of the core stage that would support the first Artemis mission's launch, Space News reported Tuesday. The space agency's Michoud Assembly Facility is ready to send out the Space Launch System rocket's core stage by this year's end, ahead of the launch scheduled for 2021.

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Robert Pearce to Lead NASA Aeronautics Directorate Full-Time

Robert Pearce, the acting associate administrator of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has been appointed to assume his role on a full-time basis. He oversees the strategy moving NASA's research across multiple aeronautical areas such as airspace operations, aviation concepts and integrated aviation systems, the space agency said Tuesday.

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GovCon Expert Alan Chvotkin: Small Businesses Need New Cyber Compliance for DoD Contracting

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, said small businesses would need to comply with a new cybersecurity standard for approval to work on Department of Defense contracts, FCW reported Tuesday.

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Technical Review on NSA Call Surveillance Program Nears Completion

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is almost done conducting a review on the National Security Agency's investigation of unauthorized call records, FCW reported Monday. The review tackles the technical problems that have caused NSA's Call Detail Records program to collect an excessive amount of data.

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