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Michael Rogers: Cyber Guard Exercise to Teach Defense/Economic Sectors About Cyber Strategies

The Joint Chiefs of Staff-hosted Cyber Guard exercise has discussed lessons on possible cyber threat scenarios and response strategies, DoD News reported Saturday. Karen Parrish writes approximately 800 representatives from 100 organizations including the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department, Federal Aviation Administration and FBI participated in the nine-day event. “I believe it’s our ability …

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Ashton Carter, Saudi Counterpart Discuss Security Matters at Pentagon Meeting

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday at the Pentagon to discuss military and security issues, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes the bilateral meeting covered events in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s defense capability modernization effort and the fight against al-Qaeda and Islamic …

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NASA Selects 11 Educational Institutions for Science, Tech R&D Grants

NASA will invest $8 million in research and technology development projects of 11 academic institutions across the U.S. as part of the space agency’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program. Each winning school will receive up to $750,000 over three years to explore tools and methods that can help NASA facilitate Earth science, aeronautics, human and robotic …

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NSF’s Rebecca Ferrell & Fort Worth Police Sgt. Troy Lawrence to Join National Commission on Forensic Science

National Science Foundation Biological Anthropology Program Director Rebecca Ferrell and Sgt. Troy Lawrence — director of the digital forensic lab for Fort Worth, Texas’ police department — will join the National Commission on Forensic Science that develops policy recommendations for the attorney general. The National Institute of Standards and Technology said Thursday Ferrell and Lawrence will …

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ISS, NASA 3-D Prints Student-Designed Multipurpose Tool; Niki Werkheiser Comments

NASA has produced the first 3-D printed student-designed tool on the International Space Station to be used for a variety of tasks such as tightening nuts or bolts and stripping wires. The space agency said Wednesday University of Alabama sophomore Robert Hillan developed the Mulitpurpose Precision Maintenance Tool as an entry to the Future Engineers Space Tool …

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Former Northcom, NORAD Leader Bill Gortney Retires From Navy

Adm. Bill Gortney, former commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, has officially retired from his 39-year military service. The U.S. Navy said Tuesday a ceremony was held aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington for Gortney, who recorded more than 5,300 flight hours and completed 1,265 carrier-arrested …

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Ashton Carter: US Forces Granted Added Flexibility to Support Afghan Military

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said U.S. military forces in Afghanistan will deliver added firepower support and advise ground and air troops of the Afghan military, DoD News reported Wednesday. Cheryl Pellerin writes President Barack Obama approved plans to provide additional flexibility for U.S. forces in Afghanistan to proactively support local conventional forces through firepower, close-air …

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Gen. Daniel Allyn: Tech Modernization, Cybersecurity Among Army’s Near-Term Priorities

U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn has said the military branch aims to divest its obsolete or redundant systems and modernize equipment of troops, Army Times reported Monday. Michelle Tan writes the Army’s priorities include fielding new active protective systems for ground and aerial vehicles, upgrading its fleet of helicopters and mitigating cyber …

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