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Army to Roll Out Air Defense That Integrates C2, Sensors, Missiles

Bruce Jette, the U.S. Army's assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, recently said that the service expects to roll out the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System soon. Jette explained that the IBCS will integrate command-and-control mechanisms, sensors and different types of missiles, allowing warfighters to respond to increasingly complex airborne threats, Military .com reported Friday.

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Outgoing HASC Chairman: Space Force to Enjoy Bipartisan Support in New Congress

Rep. Mac Thornberry believes that setting up a Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military will continue receiving support from both sides of the aisle even though the House of Representatives is now under the control of the Democratic Party. Thornberry's remarks come even as incoming House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith has expressed opposition to the establishment of a Space Force as an independent military branch, Space News reported Tuesday.

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Army Seeks to Enlist More Soldiers in New Recruitment Push

Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has said that the service is looking to major urban centers like Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles to increase its recruitment figures. Speaking at a Jan. 7 Association of the United States Army forum, Townsend noted that the service is also improving its presence on social media. The U.S. Army decided to embark on the effort after it failed to reach its recruitment objective in 2018, National Defense reported Tuesday.

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NIST Researchers Analyze Security Threats to First Responder Devices in New Study

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have performed an analysis of the threats affecting modern communication and wearable devices that public safety officers use when performing their duties. The threat analysis is part of a new NIST study entitled “Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices,” a draft version of which has recently been made available for public comment. The researchers say that "[by] understanding the threats and risks posed to public safety systems and their users, life-threatening scenarios can be prevented from escalating due to malicious or accidental failures of technology."

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White House Seeking Alternative Setup for Proposed Space Force

Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the Defense Department is doing all it can to carry out President Trump’s instruction to establish a Space Force, Defense One reported Wednesday.

Speaking before the media at the Pentagon on Nov. 21, Mattis said defense officials are “trying to produce what the president wants, which is a Space Force capability.” However, the President had initially called for the formation a Space Force to be a new, independent military service. An Oct. 26 memo from the White House revealed the Trump Administration is considering alternative organizational arrangements.

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NIST Researchers Achieve ‘Unprecedented’ Atomic Timekeeping Precision, Consistency in Study

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have carried out an experiment involving ytterbium optical lattice clocks. The study, which was conducted by a team led by Andrew Ludlow, yielded findings that set records in terms of atomic timekeeping precision and consistency.

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FTC Efforts Have Led to $1.6B in Consumer Refunds in FY 2018

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons on Tuesday testified before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, telling lawmakers that Commission actions on complaints against a number of businesses resulted in more than $1.6B in consumer refunds during the previous fiscal year. Among the companies required to self-administer consumer refund efforts are Amazon and the Volkswagen Group of Companies.

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US Navy Establishes Hypersonics Arsenal Program Office

Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, recently said that he had set up a program office to facilitate the development of a hypersonic strike capability for the service. The hypersonic weapon is meant to be part of the U.S. military's conventional prompt global strike arsenal, whose purpose is to give the armed forces the ability to hit any target anywhere in the world within sixty minutes, USNI News reported.

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Commerce Seeks Public Input on Identifying Emerging Technologies

The federal government is enlisting the public’s help to identify emerging technologies with the goal of regulating their distribution in the interest of national security. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security on Nov. 19 issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, calling on the public to comment on criteria that could be used in an interagency process to identify emerging technologies.

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GAO Calls On US Navy to Expedite Attack Sub Maintenance Work

The Government Accountability Office reports that, over the past 10 fiscal years, U.S. Navy attack submarines suffered significant maintenance service delays resulting in protracted idle times and billions of dollars in support costs that yield zero operational returns.

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