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National Space Council to Discuss Space Force Progress, Plans at Next Meeting

The National Space Council will discuss proposals to establish a space-dedicated service branch at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 23, Space News reported Monday. Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet that the meeting will cover existing progress and steps leading to the development of a Space Force.

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Four Universities to Manage Nuclear Research Centers Under DOE NNSA Partnerships

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has selected four universities to operate new centers of excellence under a shared allotment of $40.5M. These new centers will work to foster collaboration between the NNSA and academia under the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances program, the DOE said Monday.

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Four Senators Support Bill to Require Paper Ballots for U.S. Elections

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., are supporting Sen. Ron Wyden's, D-Ore., new bill aiming to help secure elections from cyber threats. The Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 2018 would require U.S. federal elections to employ physical paper ballots and undergo post-voting audits to limit risks, Wyden's office said Thursday.

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Navy Begins Formal F-35C Testing on USS Carl Vinson

The U.S. Navy has begun to formally test the operation of an F-35C stealth fighter intended to demonstrate fulfillment of the service's requirements, USNI News reported Thursday. Rear Adm. Dale Horan, who leads the F-35C integration office, said Wednesday that Strike Fighter Squadron 147 arrived on USS Carl Vinson to assess the aircraft's capacity to address the Navy's needs.

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Joseph Gordon Named Director of USAF’s Expanded Technology Transfer Program

Joseph Gordon, former division chief of the U.S. Air Force Science and Technology Management Division, has been appointed to lead the branch's technology transfer program as director. In his new position, Gordon will work to expand the program's scope to include technology transition, in addition to transfer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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DIA Chief of Staff Suzanne White Named Deputy Director

Suzanne White, chief of staff at the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been appointed as the agency's deputy director, effective Oct. 15. In her new role, she will serve as the DIA's second-highest official, succeeding Melissa Drisko, who is retiring from the agency after 37 years of service with the federal government, DIA said Wednesday.

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Former STRATCOM Executive Nina Armango Appointed as USAF Space Programs Director

Maj. Gen. Nina Armango, former director of plans and policy at U.S. Strategic Command, has been appointed to serve as director of space programs at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. She performs her new duties at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the Defense Department said Friday.

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Hill AFB Uses Tablets to Streamline F-35A Aircraft Maintenance

Hill Air Force Base is employing new handheld tablets for use with maintenance activities on F-35A aircraft. The tablets integrate with Portable Maintenance Aid laptops that connect with the aircraft's Autonomic Logistics Information System, a platform that monitors and records the F-35's status information, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

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Trump to Appoint OMB Executive Margaret Weichert as Acting OPM Director

President Trump intends to appoint Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, as acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. Replacing former OPM director Jeff Pon, she will hold the role concurrently with her position at the OMB, the White House said Friday.

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