Jerry Petersen

JILA Researchers Measure Multi-Particle Interactions in Atom Experiment

Researchers from the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics have successfully measured multi-particle interactions among groups of atoms arrayed within an atomic clock, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported Wednesday. JILA researchers used a three-dimensioned strontium lattice clock to control several arrays of atoms and used a new imaging technique to measure the particles’ subsequent quantum states.

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DoD Comptroller Says Agency Audit ‘Laundry List of Problems’ Contractors Could Fix

Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist recently said that the DoD will need the help of contractors to address the issues that the agency's first-ever audit will reveal, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. Speaking at the Professional Services Council’s 2018 Vision Federal Market Forecast conference, Norquist described the agency-wide audit as “a laundry list of problems” but also an opportunity for the industry to offer solutions.

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Space and Missile Systems Center Chief Wants Agile, Resilient Space Architecture

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, recently said that U.S. assets in space are now more vulnerable than at any other time in the past, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Speaking at the MILCOM conference held in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, Thompson described the space domain as congested and contested, and proposed that the U.S. deploy space architecture that is more secure, agile and resilient.

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DoD Comptroller Describes $1B Pentagon-Wide Audit Service to Taxpayers

Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist recently emphasized the significance of the on-going $1B DoD-wide audit, describing the effort as a service to taxpayers, Government Executive reported Monday. Speaking at the Professional Services Council’s 54th annual Vision Federal Market Forecast conference, Norquist said he was less concerned by the bad publicity that the audit might bring on and was concerned more about the possibility that people might misinterpret the audit’s results.

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NATO Holds Classified Meeting to Discuss US Pull-Out From Nuclear Treaty

U.S. officials recently held a closed-door meeting at NATO headquarters to brief European alliance members on President Trump’s intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Reuters reported Friday. NATO diplomats present at the recent classified proceedings in Brussels revealed that European envoys sought to prevent the U.S. from leaving the INF.

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Joe Dunford: US Global Alliance Network ‘Strategic Source of Strength’

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently described the U.S. global system of alliances and partners as the country’s “strategic source of strength,” the Defense Department reported SundayU.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, speaking at the Military Reports and Editors Conference held Friday, told attendees that Russia and China also recognize the fact that “it is our network of allies and partners that makes us strong.”

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DHS Calls for Research Into Holding Supply Chain Firms Accountable for Security Lapses

The Department of Homeland Security has published a research strategy that identifies capability gaps affecting the integrity of U.S. data infrastructure, Nextgov reported Thursday. The document, prepared by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, points out multiple cybersecurity topics or themes where private or public researchers can focus their efforts. One such area of research involves ensuring the accountability of supply chain firms for security lapses.

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Cyber Op Under Way to Deter Russian Interference in Elections

U.S. defense officials have said that a cyber operation aimed at deterring Russian interference in American elections is underway. U.S. Cyber Command is going after individual Russian operatives, notifying them that they have been identified and are being monitored, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Army Rapid Capabilities Office Developing Aerial Electronic Warfare Solution

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office is developing aerial electronic warfare capabilities for American forces deployed in Europe, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Pete Manternach, who heads the RCO’s EW efforts, told C4ISRNET via a letter that the airborne electronic warfare package is designed to extend the range at which electronic signals can be detected.

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CMS Reports Data Breach Compromising Info of 75K Individuals

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently revealed that hackers have broken into one of the agency’s online healthcare registration systems and compromised the data of 75,000 individuals. The CMS stated in a press release dated Oct. 19 that its personnel had monitored “anomalous activities” on the Direct Enrollment pathway, a system used by insurance brokers and agents to guide clients applying for health coverage. The agency subsequently began an investigation into the anomaly on Oct. 13 and confirmed the data breach by Oct. 16.

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