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AFRL, AIAA Talk About Changes of Former’s Rocket Lab; Shawn Phillips Quoted

Shawn Phillips

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) met to discuss changes that AFRL's Rocket Lab has undergone in terms of site use, in-space propulsion and space access. Representatives from the two organizations met virtually from Tuesday to Wednesday under the chairmanship of Ray Flores, deputy director for Air Force Materiel Command's Office of the Inspector General, AFRL said Wednesday.

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Clean Energy Advocate Jennifer Granholm Becomes DOE Secretary

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, formerly the governor of Michigan, assumed leadership over the Department of Energy (DOE) when she was sworn in on Thursday as the 16th energy secretary. Granholm's swearing in follows a Senate vote of 64-35 for her confirmation as the secretary of energy. She takes over from David Huizenga who held the role on an acting basis as the Biden administration transitioned in.

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DISA Uses Cloud-Based Tech to Optimize Teleworking; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton

The Defense Information Systems Agency partnered with a cloud-focused group at the Department of Defense's chief information office to address the demands of teleworking amid the COVID-19 pandemic. DISA said Thursday that it sought out expertise from DOD CIO's Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) on technologies that optimize cloud-based teleworking.

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DHS S&T Selects Participants of Summer Research Team Program

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) will award a combined amount of $446,200 to academic teams for research across multiple security areas. Participants of the Summer Research Team program will conduct studies at S&T-supported centers of excellence, which focus on agriculture security, terrorism, economic analysis and other homeland security topics.

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DOD to Finance Naval Postgraduate School for Research on Climate Response

Naval Postgraduate

The Department of Defense will award $2.4 million to Naval Postgraduate School for research on how the military can prepare for sudden climate events. The “Advancing Resilience Theory and Tools to Combat Environmental Surprise" project will tackle issues faced by military installations during climate change, natural disasters and other environmental events, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

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NASA Ready to Implement Final Design of Upcoming Lunar Rover; Sarah Noble Quoted

VIPER Rover

NASA has decided to move forward with the final design of a rover that would fly to the moon in 2023 in search of water and ice. The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will enter the implementation phase of its final design, following the rover's completion of a preliminary design review in August last year. 

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Army Taps Seven Teams for Multidisciplinary Science Research

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has selected seven teams from academia to perform basic science research in areas including quantum physics, artificial intelligence, human agent-teaming and novel materials. Each team will receive $1.25 million per year over a three-year base period to conduct research under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative or MURI. 

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Army Invests in AFRL’s New Anti-Drone Directed Energy Weapon; Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood Quoted

THOR Prototype

The U.S. Army is working with Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to further develop the latter's directed energy weapon that attacks swarms of enemy drones. The partnership between AFRL and the Army will further build the Tactical High Power Operational Responder or THOR prototype, which can neutralize the electronic components of multiple drones at the same time. 

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DOD’s Paul Lopata: Quantum Science Brings Many Military Tech Opportunities

Paul Lopata

Paul Lopata, principal for Quantum Science at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, said quantum science may help the military develop innovative technologies, such as quantum computing and sensors. Lopata said in an interview that the Department of Defense (DOD) can use quantum science to more effectively decrypt or encrypt communications for network security.

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DHS Issues Multiple Contract Awards for CISA-Supported Network Security Project

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded new research and development contracts for a network security program in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The first seven awards under the new Secure and Resilient Mobile Network Infrastructure project will tackle legacy network security, end-to-end network traffic protection and 5G security development. 

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