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DARPA Launches Program to Develop Highly Adaptive AI Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a new effort to develop adaptive artificial intelligence platforms to address real world scenarios. The agency said Thursday that its Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty or SAIL-ON program will explore the algorithms and engineering concepts required to build such a platform.

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GSA Receives Technology Modernization Funds to Support Pay Management System

The General Services Administration has taken $20.7M from the government's Technology Modernization Fund for the development of a new cloud-based pay and personnel management system, Federal Times reported Tuesday. The funds will support the GSA NewPay project that was meant to be a 10-year, $2.5B contract the agency awarded to teams led by Carahsoft and Grant Thornton.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: CYBERCOM Requires an Expansion

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told Congress that the force requires an expansion to accommodate mission needs, FCW reported Thursday. During a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said USCYBERCOM may require over 133 teams to keep up with the technological development of U.S. adversaries.

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DOJ Inspector General Recommends on FBI’s Text Data Collection

The Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General has found that the FBI has not collected a standard amount of text messages from over 31,000 agency-issued mobile devices. DOJ OIG said it attributes its initial observation to a database with plain text repository for a significant percentage of messages, indicating a problem with FBI Enterprise Security Operations Center's data collection tool.

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VA Helping Veterans Secure Computer Technology Jobs; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a new effort to help former servicemen prepare for computer-focused careers, and seeks professionals who would serve as trainers. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses program is intended to help veterans enter workforces in the areas of information technology, information science, media application, data processing and other computer-related fields, VA said Wednesday.

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NOAA’s Latest Geostationary Satellite Enters Assigned Coverage Area

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s second modern geostationary weather satellite will be operating over the western U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Pacific Ocean. The satellite, named GOES-17, is designed to help weather forecasters predict storms, wildfire and other environmental hazards via detailed information, NOAA said Tuesday.

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Navy Concludes Future USS Cincinnati Acceptance Tests

The U.S. Navy has completed acceptance trials of the 10th Independence-variant littoral combat ship. LCS 20 or the future USS Cincinnati underwent performance evaluations of its propulsion plant, ship-handling and auxiliary systems last Friday in the Gulf of Mexico, the service branch said Tuesday.

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Force Master Chief James Herdel Named CENTCOM Leader

James Herdel, force master chief of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, has been assigned to serve as the U.S. Central Command's senior enlisted leader. He succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford of the U.S. Army, and will perform the duties from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the Department of Defense said Friday

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DOE Funding Data Science Projects for Chemistry, Materials Science Applications

The Department of Energy is investing $30M to fund research on data science applications in the chemistry and materials science areas. The effort, under the department's Basic Energy Sciences program, is seeking projects that apply data science to uncover mechanisms behind the chemical and material aspects of energy, DOE said Friday

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USAF Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson Nominated for ISR, Cyber Leadership Role

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson; deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with the U.S. Air Force; for an ISR leadership role that includes a cyber component. The nomination is for Jamieson's assignment as USAF deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations, the Department of Defense said Friday

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