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Army Unpauses Testing of Newest Medium Tactical Vehicle

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has continued tests of its newest medium tactical vehicle, after lessons learned from issues encountered in a previous trial that took place May 2020. The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles' A2 variant underwent changes in terms of payload capacity, ride quality, underbody protection, electronic stability and suspension.

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Christopher Hanson to Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Christopher Hanson

Christopher Hanson, a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), has been appointed to concurrently chair the same agency under President Biden's administration. He succeeds Kristine Svinick who left DOE on Jan. 20 after about 13 years with NRC. The energy expert, during his time with the private sector, spearheaded energy-related government-industry engagements as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

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John Seel Becomes Leader of NSWC Dahlgren Division’s Warfare Control & Integration Department

John Seel

John Seel, formerly software senior scientific and technical manager for Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's (NSWCDD) strategic and computing systems department, has been named head of the division's warfare control and integration department. He assumed leadership of the latter department on Jan. 4, succeeding Michael Till who plans to retire this month after a 23-yer tenure with NSWCDD. 

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Tarak Shah, David Huizenga to Lead Biden Administration’s DOE

DOE

Tarak Shah, an experienced energy policy expert, and David Huizenga, associate principal deputy administrator for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), have been appointed to serve as DOE's chief of staff and acting secretary, respectively. Both Shah and Huizenga will lead DOE under the Biden-Harris Administration in support of newly inaugurated President Biden, the department said Thursday.

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Army Senior Scientist Stephen Lee: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Leads to Innovation

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee, senior scientist for interdisciplinary sciences at the U.S. Army Research Office, said innovation mostly stems from the combination of multiple scientific disciplines. The scientist noted that interdisciplinary collaboration opens opportunities to engage in new research areas that may support soldier performance, the Army said Thursday. Fido is designed to detect explosive vapors.

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DOD’s Alka Patel: AI Ethics Must Apply to All Military AI Systems

Alka Patel

Alka Patel, who leads artificial intelligence ethics policy at the Joint AI Center (JAIC), said Department of Defense (DOD) officials believe ethical concerns must be applied to the technology's design and use. The board created the principles with the help of AI experts, U.S. citizens and military leaders. DOD will move forward to implement the principles across the military's AI applications, she said.

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DOE Gets State, Local Governments to Apply New Building Technologies; AnnaMaria Garcia Quoted

DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven local and state government entities to install new building technologies in Texas, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Tennessee and Rhode Island. DOE said Wednesday that it competitively selected four local government bodies, two state energy agencies and a state judicial council to have these technologies installed and demonstrated under the department's State Energy Program.

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Air Force, Joint Leaders Discuss Command & Control Pursuits at Annual Summit

U.S. Air Force

The Department of the Air Force gathered leaders from both its service branches to standardize joint all-domain command and control processes at this year's annual C2 Summit. The event ran from Jan. 12 to 13th at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, with the participation of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force and joint senior leaders.

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FAA Initiates Grant Programs for Aviation Workforce Development

Enterprise Services

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened a pair of grant programs that aim to develop a modern workforce of both aircraft pilots and aviation maintainers. FAA said Tuesday that it will award the Aircraft Pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants to build an expanded talent pool of pilots, unmanned aircraft systems operators, aerospace engineers and aircraft maintenance technicians.

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AFRL, Korean Partners Solicit Quantum Information Science Research; Shery Welsh Quoted

Air Force Research

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its partners intend to award three-year grants for quantum information science and technology research. “Our international program officers create programmatic opportunities to discover bold, high-risk, high-reward research that will modernize our Air and Space Forces," said Shery Welsh, director of AFRL's Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). 

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