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VA Exec Neil Evans Named Department’s Acting CIO

Neil Evans

Neil Evans, chief officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Connected Care, has been appointed to serve as the VA's chief information officer on an acting basis. He will fill VA's top information executive role, succeeding Dominic Cussatt, who has transferred to the State Department. VA's Office of Connected Care develops and implements digital health strategies across the agency.

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Adm. Charles Richard: U.S. Needs to Refine Operating Concepts Amid Chinese, Russian Threats

Adm. Charles Richard

Adm. Charles Richard, who leads U.S. Strategic Command, said the military needs to reexamine its operating concepts as China and Russia continue to jointly pose strategic threats. He said at the Hudson Institute that the Department of Defense's operational plans may fall apart if strategic deterrence is not met.

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DOD Presents Strategy to Address Industrial Workforce Challenges

Industrial Workforce

Jesse Salazar, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, presented a strategy that tackles how the Pentagon plans to address industrial workforce challenges. Salazar spoke about the "Department of Defense's Perspectives on Industrial Workforce Challenges” on Wednesday at the Accelerated Training in Defense Manufacturing Summit, which took place in Danville, Virginia, DOD said Friday.

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AFRL Stands up Collaborative Tech Development Facilities; Timothy Tobik Quoted

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Munitions Directorate has launched two facilities to accommodate collaborative, cross-disciplinary technology development. AFRL said Thursday its new Ordnance Science Innovation Center building, which was built under a $98 million construction effort, will house projects that develop explosive materials.

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Navy to Apply Space Awareness Tech Across Ships; Rear Adm. Michael Bernacchi Quoted

Michael Bernacchi

The U.S. Navy plans to implement various space technologies across over 30 warships to support the Department of Defense's overall space pursuits, Defense One reported Thursday. Rear Adm. Michael Bernacchi, the director for strategy, plans and policy at U.S. Space Command, said that the Navy wants to install space domain awareness technologies on ships.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein: Space Systems Command Adopts Digital Engineering

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein

Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein, who leads the recently launched Space Systems Command (SSC), said SSC will capitalize on digital engineering as it develops technologies. Digital models allow technology developers to virtually trial a system across design, assembly, testing and maintenance. The SSC commander spoke at this year's Space Symposium about SSC's use of this approach.

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2 Congressmen Propose Bill on Special Emergency Reimbursement for Contractors

Capitol Hill

Reps. Anthony Brown, D-Md., and Rob Wittman, R-Va., have introduced legislation that would authorize the Department of Defense (DOD) to reimburse contractors if a disaster prevents them from performing on-site work. The Just In Case Act would give the defense secretary authority to use discretion in making special emergency reimbursements. 

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Navy Completes Performance Test of Minesweeping Unmanned Surface Vehicle; Capt. Godfrey Weekes Quoted

Performance Test

The U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants has concluded operational testing of a ship-based unmanned surface vehicle designed to remove explosive mines. The Unmanned Influence Sweep System underwent and finished its initial operational test and evaluation on the USS Manchester littoral combat ship off California's coast, Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday.

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Blue Origin Rocket to Launch Tech Demo Payloads Under NASA

Safe and Precise

A reusable launch vehicle made by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, will carry six payloads from NASA, universities and commercial entities for space demonstrations. The 17th New Shepard mission will launch on Thursday from a Blue Origin site located in West Texas, under NASA's Flight Opportunities program, the space agency said Wednesday.

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Meredith Berger to Perform Duties of Navy Undersecretary

Meredith Berger

Meredith Berger assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment has succeeded the retiring James Geurts to perform the duties of the U.S. Navy's undersecretary. Berger formerly served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of the Navy, a role she held from 2014 to 2017, the Navy said Monday.

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