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DARPA Launches Program to Develop Highly Adaptive AI Platforms

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a new effort to develop adaptive artificial intelligence platforms to address real world scenarios. The agency said Thursday that its Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty or SAIL-ON program will explore the algorithms and engineering concepts required to build such a platform.

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GSA Receives Technology Modernization Funds to Support Pay Management System

The General Services Administration has taken $20.7M from the government's Technology Modernization Fund for the development of a new cloud-based pay and personnel management system, Federal Times reported Tuesday. The funds will support the GSA NewPay project that was meant to be a 10-year, $2.5B contract the agency awarded to teams led by Carahsoft and Grant Thornton.

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Thomas Modly: Navy Planning to Establish Assistant Secretary Position With Expanded CIO Duties

During a recent West Coast IT conference, the Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced the department wants to create a new assistant secretary position, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The move to create the Senate-confirmed position comes as part of the efforts to keep up with the additional authorities that Congress granted to the Department of Defense chief information officer, Modly added. 

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DARPA Launches Program Seeking High Performance Computing for Military Simulators

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a new program to improve how virtual training environments replicate real-world interactions and host more complex systems. DARPA unveiled Monday that the Digital RF Battlespace Emulator program intends to build a new breed of High Performance Computing capable of supporting advanced radio frequency for simulators. 

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NNSA Approves $1B Subcritical Nuclear Testing Project

The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration has approved a $1.1B concept design for the Advanced Sources and Detectors program involving subcritical experiments to maintain the nation’s nuclear deterrent, DOE said Thursday. The ASD project will support the U.S. stockpile stewardship program and revolve around generating high-speed and high-fidelity images of subcritical experiments that don’t produce nuclear yield.

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Pentagon’s Base-Budget Costs Projected to Climb Through 2033

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the Pentagon’s 2019 Future Years Defense Program is leading to a significant increase in the agency’s base-budget costs into the early 2030's. In a report released Wednesday, CBO said the figure could increase from the agency’s request of $617B for 2019 to $735B in 2033. In April, the Department of Defense released the 2019 FYDP detailing the expectations about the planned costs from 2019 to 2023. 

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DHS Doubling Efforts to Protect 2020 US Elections

The Department of Homeland Security will double its efforts to deter hackers and foreign influence campaigns for the upcoming elections in 2020, when President Trump expects to run for re-election, CNET reported Thursday. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said they are “doubling down for 2020" to protect election systems and the public. 

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: CYBERCOM Requires an Expansion

Gen. Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Cyber Command, told Congress that the force requires an expansion to accommodate mission needs, FCW reported Thursday. During a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, he said USCYBERCOM may require over 133 teams to keep up with the technological development of U.S. adversaries.

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