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NREL Rolls Out Energy Storage Study; Paul Denholm Quoted

Energy Storage

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has started a study that aims to explore the potential growth of energy storage technologies and the entire power system. The agency also proposed a framework that aims to help regulators, utilities and developers prepare for the future through the use of projections, analysis and trends.

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USAF Unveils Interactive Recruitment Tech for Potential Airmen; Master Sgt. Zachary Atkinson Quoted

Enhanced Cognitive

The U.S. Air Force has introduced an online tool designed to help recruiters build engagement and provide awareness of potential opportunities within the service branch. Enhanced Cognitive Human Ops (E.C.H.O.) is an interactive gaming tool that seeks to gauge potential airmen's cognitive skills through three different challenges. E.C.H.O. features a holographic representation of an airman that will guide users through the missions that they will encounter in the game. 

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NASA, FAA Sign Partnership to Support, Develop U.S. Air Safety; Robert Pearce Quoted

Air Traffic Management

NASA will conduct research on air traffic management to help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promote public air transportation safety. The space agency said Tuesday it signed a five-year agreement that enables aviation research, development and demonstration partnerships between NASA and FAA. The space agency will gather test-based data to help FAA implement and regulate the use of AAM technology in the National Airspace System.

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Angie Lewis to Lead Naval Tech Development as NSWC Crane’s Technical Director

Angie Lewis

Angie Lewis, formerly business director and corporate operations department manager at Naval Surface Warfare Center's (NSWC) Crane Division, has been appointed to serve as the division's technical director. Lewis brings over three decades of experience to the role, with a record of supporting corporate, resource planning, customer outreach and programmatic efforts at NSWC Crane. 

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FCC Begins Next Phase of 5G Auction Effort; Jessica Rosenworcel Quoted

Jessica Rosenworcel

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the next increment of its 5G auction program that will allow bidders to compete for their preferred allocations in the C-band spectrum. Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of FCC, said the agency’s work on the auction is meant to help put forward and accelerate commercialization of the mid-band spectrum.

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U.S.-Australia Partnership to Jointly Prototype Hypersonic Missiles; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Australian government will help the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) develop and eventually demonstrate hypersonic cruise missiles under a new partnership. Michael Kratsios and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the joint effort would allow the U.S. and its allies to maintain leadership in hypersonics technology.

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Gen. James Dickinson’s SPACECOM Strategy to Focus on U.S. Digital Superiority, Cyber Programs

SPACECOM Strategy

Gen. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), has said that retaining U.S. digital leadership and accelerating emerging cyber efforts are key to the command’s strategic vision. He added that while SPACECOM is yet to finalize a timeline for achieving full operational capability, the command still has the capacity to dominate in conflict against adversaries in the space domain.

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DOD Issues FY 2020 Procurement Mgmt Review; John Tenaglia Quoted

John Tenaglia

A Department of Defense (DOD) review of agency procurement practices has found that DOD agencies consistently emphasized customer support and were able to provide flexible work schedules that helped boost workforce morale over the past year. Tenaglia noted in the report’s foreword that PMR teams were able to migrate to virtual operations in line with telework demands that emerged in the past year.

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions Recognized for Fraud Protection, Threat Intelligence; Monty Faidley Quoted

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions has been awarded best in class for Fraud Protection and Threat Intelligence during Security Today’s 2020 CyberSecured Awards. The company received recognition for its LexisNexis ThreatMetrix product, an enterprise solution for digital identity intelligence and digital authentication to inform risk decisions. "LexisNexis Risk Solutions fraud prevention tools unify decision analytics across the citizen and employee journey,” said Monty Faidley.

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Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Gerry Connolly Request $9B Tech Modernization Fund

Technology

Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, as well as Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), head of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, wrote a letter to House leadership, requesting a $9 billion emergency injection into the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), under the next COVID-19 relief package.

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