Nichols Martin

DHS Allots $475M for Fiscal 2021 Competitive Grants; Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will invest $475 million in seven competitive grant programs filed under fiscal year 2021. DHS said Friday that it will use these funds to finance anti-terrorism and disaster recovery projects of nonprofits, private companies and non-federal government agencies. The allotment adds to nearly $1.5 that DHS is investing in non-competitive grants for disaster resiliency efforts.

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Missile Defense Agency Begins Experiment on Small Satellites

MDA

Two CubeSat small satellites operated by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) linked with ground stations as part of a communications experiment. MDA said Monday its CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment aims to demonstrate how nanosatellites can establish radio communications in orbit. CNCE is part of MDA's larger Nanosat Testbed Initiative.

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CISA Rolls Out Three Mobile Security Tools; Vincent Sritapan Quoted

Vincent Sritapan

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) shared services program is launching three tools designed to bolster the security of government-issued smartphones and other mobile devices. Vincent Sritapan, who leads CISA's Cybersecurity Quality Services Management Office (QSMO), said their latest tools include shared services for mobile application vetting (MAV).

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NNSA Explores Use of Non-Conventional AI for Nuclear Nonproliferation; Angela Sheffield Quoted

Domain-Aware

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is applying domain-aware artificial intelligence to prevent the potential spread of dangerous nuclear weapons. “The U.S. government recognizes the potential of AI to impact security, welfare and even global leadership," said Angela Sheffield, a senior program manager with the NNSA. 

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NGA Adopts Bailment Agreements, Plans to Use More This Fiscal Year; Dave Gauthier Quoted

Dave Gauthier

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has adopted the use of bailment agreements to legally reduce the costs of satellite technology testing. Bailment agreements provide NGA temporary possession of commercial technology, allowing the agency to conduct tests on satellite systems without additional costs. Gauthier said the NGA wants to issue up to 20 bailment agreements in fiscal year 2021.

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New FAA Tech Tracks Space Launches, Reentries; Administrator Steve Dickson Quoted

Steve Dickson

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has a prototype tool designed to help the agency track space launches and reentries at speeds close to real-time. FAA said Thursday that its Space Data Integrator (SDI) delivers telemetry data to the agency's Air Traffic Control System Command Center in an automated fashion.

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DHS Unveils Results of Last Year’s Privacy Tech Event; Arun Vemury Quoted

2020 Privacy

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has released results of a 2020 effort that demonstrated privacy protection technologies. DHS said Thursday that its 2020 Privacy Technology Demonstration aimed to showcase tools that can help maintain the privacy of people seen in visual media such as photos and videos.

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NOAA Eyes Use of Small Satellites for Weather Forecasts; Greg Mandt Quoted

Polar-Orbiting Satellites

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is looking to deploy a constellation of small satellites for weather forecast activities in the future. NOAA considers using small polar-orbiting satellites for the agency's next constellation, instead of traditional large spacecraft like the existing Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).

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DOD Inspector General: Five Sites Need Better 3D Printing Cybersecurity

3D Printing

The Department of Defense's inspector general (DOD IG) found in an audit that five DOD sites need to bolster the security of their additive manufacturing or 3D printing systems. DOD IG said in a July 1 report that it recommends the involved DOD components to first attain an authority to operate for all their AM systems before use.

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GAO: DOD Must Reduce F-35 Costs to Achieve Affordability, Better Readiness Rates

F-35 Fighter Jets

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in an assessment that the Department of Defense (DOD) has improved the readiness rates of F-35 aircraft but still has more work and cost reduction to meet warfighter requirements. GAO said Wednesday that it discovered that the U.S. F-35 fleet exhibited a mission-capable rate growth from 59 to 69 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2020, a result that still falls below the military's objectives.

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