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NSWC Corona Uses Web-Based Tool to Track, Reduce Cannibalizations; David Drake Quoted

Naval Surface

Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division has produced a web-based tool that allows users to track, process and report cannibalizations, the act of reducing supply inventories to accommodate newer products. The eCANNAB system serves as a centralized platform for the many cannibalizations across the Navy. 

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Mathematician Bruce West Retires From Army Research Lab; Director Patrick Baker Quoted

Bruce West

Bruce West, a senior research scientist for mathematics at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), retired on June 29th after over two decades with the federal government. West has developed mathematical models for physical, social and life sciences over a span of 50 years. The Army Research Office (ARO) held a ceremony at Research Triangle Park to honor West's service.

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USAF Col. Jeffrey Phillips Adopts New Leadership Approach With Expanded Responsibility

Col. Jeffrey Phillips

Col. Jeffrey Phillips, commander of the U.S. Air Force's 67th Cyberspace Wing, said he has created a task force that not only trains and equips teams but also operationally leads them. This approach, used by Task Force Mustang, provides the commander a wider scope of oversight, which now includes assigning the right teams for missions.

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DHS Asks Former SBIR Participants for Technology Ideas; Dusty Lang Quoted

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security invites small businesses to submit ideas with the potential to address the technology needs of various DHS components. Interested businesses may take part in the Other Agency Technology Solutions requests for information, which seek concepts on a variety of topics including electro-optical/infrared sensors, autonomous vessel tracking and 5G internet of things, DHS's Science and Technology Directorate said Friday.

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Marine Corps Achieves First FOC for F-35C Jets; Maj. Derek Heinz Quoted


The U.S. Marine Corps has declared full operational capability of F-35C aircraft operated by the service's Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314. The milestone verifies VMFA-314's readiness for operations on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and marks the Marine Corps' first FOC declaration for the F-35C aircraft. The fighter squadron received its first F-35C jet on Jan. 21st last year.

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VA Secretary Denis McDonough: Electronic Health Record Implementation to Continue With Changes

Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough, who leads the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as secretary, said VA will continue to roll out its new commercial electronic health record (EHR) with some changes. VA's Cerner-made EHR system will resume deployment following the 12-week strategic review on the platform's implementation program.

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A2LA Updates Requirements for FedRAMP Assessors


The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has unveiled updated requirements mandatory to third-party assessment organizations (3PAO) of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).  The updated version of the R311 policy document features new requirements that will be effective immediately and considered in the next A2LA assessment of each 3PAO. 

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NIST Seeks Public Feedback on Draft About Commercial Satellite Cybersecurity

Commercial Satellite

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) asks the public to comment on a new draft document about the cybersecurity of commercial satellite activities. The document, titled “Introduction to Cybersecurity for Commercial Satellite Operations,” tackles how to manage cybersecurity risks of crewless space activities while considering space vehicle requirements.

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CISA’s Matt Hartman: Government Agencies Commence Zero Trust Planning

Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman, deputy executive assistant director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said many federal agencies are now developing zero trust implementation plans to align with President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity. "It's important to consider that many of these tasks [in the executive order] are sprints to develop strategies," he said.

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GAO Develops Framework to Guide AI Accountability


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) used input from government, industry and nonprofit experts to develop a framework on the responsible use of artificial intelligence technology. GAO said Wednesday that it held a forum to gather input on AI oversight, in addition to interviews with AI experts and federal inspector generals.

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