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SETI Institute Awarded New NASA Contract to Support Planetary Protection

SETI Institute

California-based SETI Institute has secured a contract to help NASA implement standards across the space agency's planetary protection efforts. SETI Institute will help the agency's Office of Planetary Protection report on biological cleanliness, review technical matters, administer training, inform the masses about these efforts and develop implementation guidelines, NASA said Saturday.

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NASA, Japan Sign Agreement for ISS, Artemis Cooperation

NASA-Japan Agreement

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, has formed an agreement with Japan in support of the International Space Station and the Artemis program, an effort that aims to revive manned space exploration. The joint exploration declaration of intent defines Japan's contributions to Artemis' lunar exploration and the complementary Gateway outpost.

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Mark Lewis to Serve as DoD Research & Engineering Undersecretary Temporarily

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis, director of defense research and engineering for modernization at the Department of Defense (DoD), has been appointed to serve as undersecretary of defense for research and engineering on a temporary acting basis. Lewis temporarily replaces Mike Griffin, two-time Wash100 Award recipient who is leaving DoD for a commercial pursuit alongside Lisa Porter, the latter's deputy.

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Secret Service Adopts New Structure to Tackle Financial Cyber Crimes

Secret Service

The U.S. Secret Service has decided to consolidate its electronic and financial crime task forces into one network to address the presence of fraud in cyberspace. USSS said Thursday its combined Cyber Fraud Task Forces will work to detect, deter and address financial crimes that take place in the cyber domain.

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JAIC Director Nand Mulchandani: DoD Continues Performance in AI Competition

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, acting director of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said at the Pentagon the U.S. still has the upper hand in the artificial intelligence competition with foreign adversaries. He added that the country will not imitate China's technological practices that go against U.S. values.

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Army Researchers Explore Noise, Security Properties of Quantum Information

Army Research Laboratory

The U.S. Army has discovered a new method to approach quantum information security as parties continue to leverage quantum science for advanced information applications. The service branch said Tuesday it sees quantum paradigms as potential tools to transform, streamline, accelerate and better protect the process through which battlefield information moves.

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NIST Updates Publication for Controlled Unclassified Information

NIST SP 800-172

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an updated draft publication that lists new requirements regarding controlled unclassified information. Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-172 tackles federal CUI security from advanced persistent threats that use physical and cyber means to breach systems and access information with no authorization. 

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CISA Introduces New Security Strategy for Industrial Control Systems; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has unveiled a new strategic document designed to bolster the cyber protection of the country's industrial control systems with a unified approach. CISA claims that its "Securing Industrial Control Systems: A Unified Initiative" strategy aims to help the industrial community develop tools that better secure ICS assets.

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CBP-Used Autonomous Surveillance Tech Gets Program of Record Status


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has designated a certain surveillance system as a program of record, allowing the technology to be continuously procured through allotted funds. CBP said its Autonomous Surveillance Towers, used by U.S. Border Patrol, are designed to autonomously facilitate surveillance on a 24-hour basis.

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