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U.S. State Dept, Greece Partner for Joint S&T Pursuits

State Dept.

The U.S. and Greece have signed an agreement to jointly explore science and technology opportunities while protecting the intellectual property rights of inventors and researchers. Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, and Adonis Georgiadis, development and investments minister of Greece, signed the U.S.-Greece S&T Agreement at a ceremony held Monday.

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Army Eyes Contract Awards for Virtual Training Systems Modernization Through FY 2022; MG Maria Gervais Quoted

MG Maria Gervais

The U.S. Army has continued its efforts to establish requirements and identify potential commercial sources for the service branch’s virtual training programs. The Army’s Combined Arms Center – Training (CAC-T) component is conducting a study on modernizing the service’s live training systems to inform requirements for projects slated for fiscal years 2023 through 2027, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.

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GAO Issues Report on Best Practices, Challenges in Agile Software Dev’t

GAO

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the federal government should consider implementing Agile software development practices to encourage early customer input and other organizational benefits. GAO said in the report published Tuesday that its Agile Assessment Guide outlines best practices for the software development concept including dynamic, team-based operations and requirements prioritization.

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DHS Taps Two Companies for Network Modeling Tech Dev’t

DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded SecureLogix and Achilles Heel Technologies a total of $1.96 million in funds through Phase II of the Small Business Innovation Research program to build technologies that will support dynamic network modeling capabilities for emergency communication and risk management networks. SecureLogix will continue the development of a modeling tool that will assist 911 decision makers.

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NSF Names Sean Jones as Directorate Head; Sethuraman Panchanathan Quoted

Sean Jones

Sean Jones, former acting deputy division director at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) division of materials research, has been appointed to lead NSF's mathematical and physical sciences directorate. Prior to his appointment, Jones served as acting assistant director at the MPS directorate. Jones started his career at NSF in 2009 as program director.

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DoD’s Gregory Kausner: Increased Focus Needed for Domestic Parts Manufacturing

Gregory Kausner

Gregory Kausner, executive director for international cooperation at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD A&S), has said the Pentagon is continuing assessments of potential COVID-19 impacts to defense suppliers. According to Kausner, the Department of Defense (DoD) has found vulnerabilities in its international supply chain.

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Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty: Army Cyber Command Shifts to Information Advantage Approach

Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty

Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, who leads the U.S. Army's Cyber Command (ARCYBER), said his group is shifting from a warfare-focused approach to one that prioritizes information advantage. Fogarty said Tuesday at the CEMAlite Conference that Army Cyber Command's new “information advantage” approach may help forces realize decision dominance, a state wherein a commander can understand situations and execute actions faster than enemies.

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National Security Agency Launches the Center for Cybersecurity Standards; Neal Ziring Quoted

NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has launched a new office that will support NSA's mission to implement cybersecurity across critical systems. The Center for Cybersecurity Standards will coordinate with standardization entities regarding security requirements needed to protect national security systems, NSA said Tuesday.

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Zscaler Extends VMware Partnerships to Advance Workplace Security; Jay Chaundhry, Sanjay Poonen Quoted

Jay Chaudhry

Zscaler has expanded its strategic partnership with VMware to help organizations simplify security in the changing workplace. Under the partnership, Zscaler will align the next-generation networking and security capabilities from its offerings as well as VMware, to help large global enterprises simplify the adoption of a complete Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. 

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Suntiva Names Sunny Yoo as Director of Business Development; Scot Stitely Quoted

Sunny Yoo

Suntiva has appointed Sunny Yoo as director of Defense and Intel Business Development to lead business development, capture management and client relationship management, Suntiva reported on Monday. Prior to joining Suntiva, Yoo served a ten-year tenure with Patricio Enterprises, where he served in a variety of leadership positions. 

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