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Air Force Test Team Demos New Precision-Guided Munition via F-15E Jet

GBU-31 Joint Direct

A test team at Eglin Air Force Base demonstrated a new air-dropped, precision-guided weapon designed to strike enemy ships while reducing the survivability risks observed with existing methods. An F-15E Strike Eagle dropped the GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition over the Gulf of Mexico during the test on Aug. 26th. 

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DARPA Names Participants of Effort to Study, Apply Warm Atomic Vapors

Quantum Physics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected eight teams to conduct research projects that address the limits of atomic vapors in quantum science. DARPA said Friday that its Science of Atomic Vapors for New Technologies (SaVANT) effort will study how to improve the coherence of warm atomic vapors and determine how they can support DOD's technological pursuits.

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USAF, India Sign Agreement for Cooperative UAV Development; Kelli Seybolt Quoted

Kelli Seybolt

The U.S. Air Force and its Indian equivalent have signed a partnership to jointly develop air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles. The partnership supports the U.S.- India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, which aims to promote cooperative research, technology exchanges and co-development between the two countries. The two countries share a common goal of promoting freedom in the Indo-Pacific region, Seybolt noted.

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DOE Funds Efforts to Sustain Materials for Clean Energy Tech; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $30 million in 13 projects that aim to conserve and sustain the supply of materials needed for clean energy systems. Universities and national laboratories lead these projects to develop technologies that diversify, recycle and provide alternatives for rare-earth (REEs) and platinum group elements (PGEs). 

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Gen. James Dickinson: Soldiers Must Train to Operate Without Space Systems Support

Gen. James Dickinson

U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, who leads U.S. Space Command, said soldiers must be ready to operate without the help of space systems in case of enemy-caused disruptions. He said at the 2021 Fires Conference that training centers now teach soldiers how to perform missions in degraded environments where satellite communications, surveillance and GPS navigation are denied.

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Navy to Demonstrate Health Monitoring System for Self-Defense Test Ship; Carlos Boisselier Quoted

Self-Defense Test Ship

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division is contributing to a collaborative effort that aims to design, develop and test a an autonomous monitoring system for the U.S. Navy's Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS). The effort, which is a Naval Innovation, Science and Engineering project, will produce a system designed to continuously analyze the health of SDTS's hull, mechanical and electrical systems. 

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Air Force Launches Effort to Simplify Micro-Spending in Local Communities; Cameron Holt Quoted

Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt

The U.S. Air Force has launched a program that aims to simplify transactions between government purchase card users and local communities. The First Look Program will help airmen apply smarter business practices to their micro-size purchases as GPC holders annually spend $1.8 billion. GPC holders would first take a look at the list before purchasing items online. 

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Labor Department Stands up New Office to Update Unemployment Insurance System

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor has created a new office to strategically lead the modernization of the country's unemployment insurance system. The Office of Unemployment Insurance (UI) will work with partner agencies and state governments to implement a UI system modernization strategy. fforts contained in the strategy include the oversight of $2 billion in fraud prevention funds. 

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Nicolas Chaillan: DevSecOps Boosts Timeliness of Software Development

Nicolas Chaillan

Nicolas Chaillan, chief software officer at the U.S. Air Force, said that DevSecOps allows USAF to meet the timeliness requirements of software development. He said at an event with the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) that DevSecOps has accelerated the speed of mission delivery across development and production by 106 times.

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U.S. Agencies Partner to Expand Federal Digital Workforce; Clare Martorana Quoted

Federal Digital Workforce

The General Services Administration (GSA) partnered with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the White House to further develop the federal government's workforce of digitally skilled professionals. The two-year U.S. Digital Corps fellowship will gather early-career professionals in critical technology areas such as data science, cybersecurity and software engineering for opportunities to work with the federal government. 

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