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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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CISA Releases Cybersecurity Guidance Against Ransomware

Password Management

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released a set of procedures organizations can follow when facing ransomware, a form of malware that blocks user access to a system until money is paid. CISA said it advises against paying money to ransomware and recommends organizations instead follow security measures listed in the publication.

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DHS Taps Oceanit to Develop Sensor Spoofing Detection Tech; Kathryn Coulter Mitchell Quoted

Kathryn Coulter Mitchell

Oceanit Laboratories has received a Department of Homeland Security grant to develop spoof-resistant sensor technology under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. DHS said Monday the Honolulu-based company will aim to create a prototype for the second phase of its sensor spoofing detection and correction project.

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NASA Tests Vibration Modes of SLS Rocket; Chief Engineer John Blevins Quoted

SLS Rocket

NASA’s Florida-based Kennedy Space Center is now testing different vibration modes of the Space Launch System, a rocket designed to launch the Orion spacecraft to the Moon. Distinguishing between SLS's natural and vibration frequencies can help the rocket's flight software and navigation system safely control flight. The testing effort will take 10 hours a day over a series of several, consecutive days. 

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Angelica Phaneuf Leads Army Software Factory’s Information Security

Angelica Phaneuf

Angelica Phaneuf, formerly chief of cybersecurity engineering for the U.S. Air Force's Kessel Run software development unit, has been named chief information security officer of the U.S. Army's software factory. Her LinkedIn page indicates that she has been the software factory's CISO since June this year.

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Kevin Stine: NIST to Update Cybersecurity Practices for President Biden’s EO

Kevin Stine

Kevin Stine, chief cybersecurity adviser for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), said the agency will work over the next months to deliver what is required by President Biden's executive order on cybersecurity amid the strict timelines. Stine said NIST will gather feedback and work to improve cybersecurity resources as federal agencies implement new guidelines for critical software in alignment with the EO.

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