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KC-46A Tanker Now Usable for F-15, F-16 Aircraft in USTRANSCOM; Brig. Gen. Ryan Samuelson Quoted

KC-46A Tanker

The KC-46A Pegasus tanker can now refuel all F-15 and F-16 aircraft variants for U.S. Transportation Command's operations, through a recently approved interim capability release. Gen. Mike Minihan, who leads Air Mobility Command, authorized the aerial refueler's third interim capability release on Wednesday, AMC said Friday.

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National Guard Officer Lt. Col. Jody Ogle Joins CISA as Cybersecurity Adviser

Lt. Col. Jody Ogle

Lt. Col. Jody Ogle, director of communications and cyber activities for the Air National Guard, has been appointed to advise the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on cyber matters. Ogle was the chief information officer and J6 director for the West Virginia National Guard over a span of six years. 

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GSA, DOE Seek Market Info on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Tech

Carbon Storage

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) want to identify market sources of retrofit technologies designed to reduce greenhouse gases. GSA said Tuesday in a notice that it seeks market information on technologies such as carbon capture, power generation, decarbonized heating and on-site energy production.

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GAO: DOD Should Fill Gaps in Small Business Strategy


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) advises the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop an implementation plan, policy and a formal monitoring process for the DOD Small Business Strategy. Congress, in 2019, tasked DOD to create a strategy that will guide how the department handles small business programs, GAO said Thursday.

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U.S. Navy Plans Enterprise-Wide IT Services Approach


The U.S. Navy will implement a new information technology approach that allows for IT services sharing across the service's entire enterprise. Navy officials said in a memorandum that the planned change aims to reduce redundancies, expand data availability, align with modern industry practices, boost productivity and decrease cyber risks in IT services.

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USCIS’s Damian Kostiuk: Data Sharing Can Address Bias Issue in Naturalization

Damian Kostiuk

Damian Kostiuk, chief director of the data analytics division within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), said data-sharing agreements can help the agency reduce biases in algorithms used to automate naturalization processes. He said data sharing can produce the variety of information needed to train the algorithms with respect to other agencies involved in naturalization.

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Gen. John Murray: Project Convergence Focuses on Army’s Future Changes

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command (AFC) and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said this year's Project Convergence exercise serves as a platform to determine how the service needs to fight in the future. Murray and other AFC officials spoke about Project Convergence at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2021 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Heidi Grant to End Tenure as DSCA Director

Heidi Grant

Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), will step down from her role and transition out of the federal government. She has served as DSCA's director since August 2020 and has contributed 32 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Joint Staff and other Department of Defense components, DSCA said Tuesday.

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NOAA Allots $171M for Climate Change Mitigation Projects; Administrator Rick Spinrad Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has invested a combined amount of $171 million in 72 projects that aim to address the effects of climate change. NOAA said Tuesday that it issued grants to fund these projects that universities, research institutions and government-partnered entities will work on over the next five years.

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White House OSTP Asks Public for Input on Biometrics Use Cases, Policies


The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) seeks feedback on how biometric technologies have performed in organizations and how they affect individuals emotionally and mentally. OSTP wants to understand how both public and private sector organizations have used and regulated biometric technologies, such as facial recognition, in the past and present, the office said Oct. 4th in a Federal Register notice.

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