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Lt. Gen. John Murray: Army Could Decide to Buy More JLTVs or Recap Humvees in 2018

U.S. Army officials have said the military service should decide soon if the branch will procure additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles or update its current Humvee fleet as part of modernization efforts, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Matthew Cox writes Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for financial management at the Army, told  members of …

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NASA Awards Funds to 10 Small Satellite Studies

NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …

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HHS Seeks to Advance Blockchain-Based Tools Devt for Health IT Via Code-a-Thon

The Department of Health and Human Services has initiated efforts to advance the development and adoption of blockchain technology-based platforms designed to facilitate health records management and interactions between patients and health providers, Nextgov reported Thursday. Mohana Ravindranath writes HHS’ office of the national coordinator for health information technology partnered …

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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan: F-35 Cost-Reduction Options List Now Up for Review With DoD Secretary

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, has said an “affordability compendium” that outlines initiatives on how to reduce the fighter program’s costs has now been handed to Defense Secretary James Mattis for review, Defense News reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes Bogdan said in a speech delivered Wednesday …

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James Mattis Urges Congress to Authorize Extra $30B in Defense Funds for FY 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis has urged Congress to approve President Donald Trump’s request for an additional $30 billion to fund defense programs, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Mattis told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee at a meeting held Wednesday the budget request is the first step in a three-part, multi-year effort to increase defense readiness. …

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DHS S&T Develops Training System to Aid TSA Airport Screening

The Office for Public Safety Research within the Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has built a training system designed to help Transportation Security Administration personnel conduct airport screening tasks. DHS said Wednesday the ScreenADAPT X-ray image analysis training system uses visual search research and eye-tracking technology to assess TSA officers’ visual …

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Joseph Shepard Returns to SBA as Investment & Innovation Office Associate Chief

Joseph Shepard, formerly president and managing partner at investment banking services provider Archway Capital Management, has rejoined the Small Business Administration  as associate administrator for the office of investment and innovation. Shepard’s “previous public sector experience at SBA overseeing the [Small Business Investment Company] program, as well as his private …

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Army Creates Force Modernization Plan for 2020-2040 Time Frame

The U.S. Army expects to release this summer a maneuver force modernization strategy that describes what the military branch’s warfighters should do to counter potential threats between 2020 and 2040. The service branch said Tuesday it used data from the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s study on Russia’s utilization of artillery, electronic warfare and unmanned aerial systems to develop the strategy’s underlying …

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