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Air Force Research Lab Publishes Guidance on Cislunar Space

Lunar Mission

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released a document designed to help military servicemen understand the cislunar space concept, which refers to the space between Earth and the moon. The document, titled “A Primer on Cislunar Space,” features a description of cislunar space, related details and specific measurements to help readers determine the space's physical coverage.

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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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Brian Campo: DHS to Determine Most Suitable Uses of Different AI Applications

Brian Campo

Brian Campo, deputy chief technology officer (CTO) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said DHS wants to compare artificial intelligence, robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning from each other and determine applications the best suit each of these different concepts. Campo said at the Federal Drive show that the department wants to identify the commonalities of these different technologies. 

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Mitre Releases NSA-Funded Cyber Defense Framework

Cybersecurity

The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced a Mitre-developed framework designed to bolster the cyber resilience of national security systems, as well as the defense industrial base. The NSA-funded D3FEND framework provides defensive countermeasures that cybersecurity professionals can use against common cyberattacks. Interested cybersecurity professionals may contract Mitre to submit feedback on the D3FEND framework via this link. 

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD to Implement AI Acceleration Effort

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has unveiled an effort to accelerate the Department of Defense's (DOD) trust-building and implementation of artificial intelligence technology. The DOD AI and Data Acceleration initiative would execute exercises and implementation tests that aim to incrementally build the military's understanding of AI.

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NASA Tasks University of Michigan to Continue CYGNSS Satellite Mission; Karen St. Germain Quoted

Cyclone Global

The University of Michigan has secured a $39 million contract to continue operating a constellation of eight satellites designed to help meteorologists predict and study hurricanes. NASA said Wednesday that it will continue to use the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) to gather data needed for the development of weather prediction models.

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FAA, Air Force Department Partner to Implement Common Space Launch Standards; John Roth Quoted

Space Launch Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to help the U.S. Space Force promote safety across commercial space operations at the service branch's facilities. The Department of the Air Force said Monday that it partnered with FAA to implement common safety standards and eliminate redundant processes for commercial space activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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Think Tank Finds Governors Mostly Use National Guard Cyber Response for Ransomware Cases

Cybersecurity

Third Way, a public policy think tank, said state governors have asked for the National Guard's assistance to respond to ransomware, more often than to other types of cyberattacks. The National Guard has supported state cybersecurity efforts since 2018, with 23 of the 41 recorded cases being related to ransomware, the think tank said Monday.

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Requests Budget Centered on Tech Innovation

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the Pentagon's defense budget request features many experimentation projects across the service branches. Hicks said virtually at the recent Defense One Tech Summit that the Department of Defense wants to realize concepts in various areas such as data, artificial intelligence and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). 

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Ram Iyer: FDA Internally Pursues Data Modernization

Ram Iyer

Ram Iyer, chief data officer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the agency is starting its own data modernization projects to cater to stakeholders. The agency seeks to expand its workforce for new talent in agile software delivery, artificial intelligence, data presentation and other data-related applications.

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