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DOE Unveils New Carbon Reduction Initiatives; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy has launched two initiatives that aim to reduce the U.S. manufacturing and industrial sectors' carbon emissions under the larger Future of Manufacturing campaign. DOE said Thursday it will invest $42.3 million in new projects under a funding opportunity to achieve cleaner and more efficient manufacturing.

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NSF Taps Georgia Tech to Lead AI Research Institutes

AI Research Institutes

Georgia Institute of Technology has received $40 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish two research institutes that will drive artificial intelligence research over the next five years. The institute said Thursday that it will hire 100 new researchers and bolster its studies on machine learning through the awards.

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John Plumb Nominated for Space Policy Leadership Role at DOD

John Plumb

President Biden has nominated John Plumb, formerly the director of defense policy and strategy at the National Security Council (NSC), to become the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Plumb brings expertise in the areas of nuclear technology, missile defense and space, with more than a century's quarter of national security experience. 

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NASA Tests Imaging System Designed for Moon Landing Safety; Ron Sostaric Quoted

HDL System

NASA has tested the performance of a hazard detection lidar (HDL) technology in potentially producing images of extraterrestrial planetary surfaces and supporting safe landing for space exploration. The space agency said Wednesday that its Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE) effort prototyped and demonstrated an HDL system at Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Gen. Glen VanHerck: DOD Tests Collaborative Communications in Connectivity-Limited Places

Gen. Glen VanHerck

Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command, told reporters that his group tested the performance of a collaborative communications system in environments where connectivity is limited. GIDE 3 also aimed to trial how DOD can augment decision-making across both tactical and strategic levels, VanHerck noted.

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James Beutel: 5G May Help Air Force Unlock Modern Data Applications

James Beutel

James Beutel, deputy chief technology officer at the Department of the Air Force, said 5G has the potential to serve as a gateway for a range of “futuristic” data-centric applications including artificial intelligence. He said at the Verizon-sponsored Federal Insights discussion that 5G could allow for head-up displays, virtual reality and other applications with the potential to speed up data transmissions.

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Gen. James Dickinson: Spacecom has a More Operational Role In Space Defense

Gen. James Dickinson

Gen. James Dickinson, who leads U.S. Space Command, said Spacecom has a more operational role than the U.S. Space Force in military activities. He said at the McCrary Institute/Space Policy Institute's "Securing Space" event that the Space Force is in charge of planning, training and arming the U.S. military's space component, and Spacecom puts those preparations to use.

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Cyber Command Sees Procurement Opportunities After Budget Limit Removal

Federal Cybersecurity

Congress lifted U.S. Cyber Command's $75 million spending limit and USCYBERCOM leaders believe this action would allow for creative procurement strategies. Sharothi Pikar, the command's acquisition executive, said fully removing the procurement ceiling would allow USCYBERCOM to more flexibly address operational requirements. Congress lifted the procurement limit through the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

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DHS S&T Releases Third Wave of Public Safety Tech Showcase; Kathryn Coulter-Mitchell Quoted

DHS Science and

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has commenced the third wave of a showcase featuring various public safety technologies. DHS said Monday its Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase exhibits efforts to address disasters and discover new applications through research and development. The showcase will consist of four installments in total.

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