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OPM Provides Guidance to Help Agencies Reenter Work Environments

Work Environment

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has answered frequently asked questions and developed a fact sheet to help federal employees safely return to the physical work environment. This new guidance supports a memorandum issued by OPM, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to assist in work environment reentry, OPM said Friday.

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Army Demonstrates Missile Interception in Electronically Contested Environment; Col. Philip Rottenborn Quoted

Missile Interception

The U.S. Army's Integrated Fires Mission Command program intercepted a cruise missile in a highly contested, electronic attack environment during a demonstration at White Sands Missile Range. Soldiers participating in the program launched a Patriot Advanced Capability - 3 interceptor to block a missile that was targeting assets, while another missile was electronically attacking radars, the Army said Friday.

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NSA’s Jason Wang: Intelligence Community to Need AI in the Future

Artificial Intelligence

Jason Wang, technical director of the National Security Agency's (NSA) Computer and Analytic Sciences Research Group, said he predicts the intelligence community will need artificial intelligence to protect U.S. networks in the future. Wang said at a virtual event on July 12th that intelligence community components need to pursue more partnerships to maximize capabilities against adversaries. 

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Commerce Department to Invest $3B in Local Community Restoration; Gina Raimondo Quoted

Gina Raimondo

The Department of Commerce's(DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) plans to invest $3 billion of Congress-approved funds in community restoration projects. Gina Raimondo, the secretary of commerce, said the investment is intended to help local communities restore and refine their corresponding economies.

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Navy Plans Hypersonic Missile Tests With Zumwalt Ship; Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener Quoted

Roy Kitchener

Vice Adm. Roy Kitchener, commander of Naval Surface Forces, said the U.S. Navy wants to perform on-ship tests of hypersonic missiles and other new weapon systems. Kitchener said the same day there are plans to test the Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic boost-glide missile's performance from the USS Zumwalt guided-missile destroyer.

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Cynthia Mendoza: DOD Needs to Modernize IT Systems With Basics-Based Approach

Cynthia Mendoza

Cynthia Mendoza, the Department of Defense's (DOD) deputy chief information officer for special access program information technology, said the military needs to modernize its IT systems to meet battlefield intelligence requirements. She said the department must follow the basic principles of understanding mission results, forming partnerships and applying lessons learned.

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Air Force Writes Document to Guide ABMS Activities

Advanced Battle

The Department of the Air Force (DAF) has created a document that would guide changes as it continues to test the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which facilitates information sharing between commanders and pilots. Brig. Gen. Jeffery Valenzia leads a cross-functional team (CFT) that developed the document. The CFT is tasked to work on ABMS requirements and integration activities.

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NOAA Creates Council to Tackle Climate Issues; Administrator Rick Spinrad Quoted

Rick Spinrad

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a new council that will help the agency's administrator address the climate crisis. NOAA said Wednesday that its Climate Council, which consists of senior leaders in the agency, will apply NOAA’s services to support environmental mitigation efforts across the nation, including the most climate-vulnerable communities.

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Chief Human Capital Officers Council Now Fully Under OPM; Director Kiran Ahuja, Katy Kale Quoted

Kiran Ahuja

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will regain full authority of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council's (CHCO) functions, following the divide of the council's functions between the General Services Administration (GSA) and OPM since 2019. This move transfers the GSA's share of CHCO Council functions back to OPM, the personnel management agency said Tuesday.

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Former Defense Exec Lisa Porter: U.S. Should Not Limit Microelectronics Supply Chain

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, who formerly served as the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the U.S. government should contribute to international microelectronics standards rather than solely rely on the limited, domestic supply chain. She said relying purely on U.S.-made microelectronics is not feasible and establishes a false notion. 

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