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Army Forms Partnership to Apply AI/ML in Military Aircraft Engine R&D

Military Aircraft Engine

The U.S. Army will collaborate with the U.S. Navy, Pratt & Whitney and two universities under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to modernize military aircraft engine designs with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Luis Bravo, an Army researcher, noted that the review redirected their focus on looking at critical propulsion issues and applying AI/ML developments.

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Sen. Angus King, Tom Fanning Call for Government-Industry Collaboration to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Cybersecurity Threats

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, said the federal government and industry must collaborate to safeguard critical infrastructure from ransomware attacks and other cyber threats. “SICI legislation would work hand-in-hand with America's critical infrastructure providers to establish mutual accountability and collaboration in a way not previously possible,” they noted.

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Rear Adm. Bill Houston on Navy’s Next-Gen Attack Submarine SSN(X)

Rear Adm. Bill Houston

Rear Adm. Bill Houston, director of the undersea warfare requirements office at the U.S. Navy, said the service’s next-generation attack submarine called SSN(X) will be the “ultimate apex predator for the maritime domain." Houston said the military branch and industry are close to completing design work on Columbia and intend to tap the same team to work on SSN(X).

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NIST Releases Data Exchange Security Guide

Managing the Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released guidance that outlines a four-pronged approach to protecting the data organizations share with other parties via different channels for information exchange. NIST said Tuesday that the “Managing the Security of Information Exchanges” guide outlines a four-pronged approach and recommends several measures to secure shared data.

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Jacobs Announces Enhanced Sustainability Business Approach PlanBeyond 2.0; Chair, CEO Steve Demetriou Quoted

Jacobs

Jacobs announced on Wednesday its PlanBeyondSM 2.0, a global sustainability business approach. The plan is a company-wide foundation for sustainability through its operations and it is in accord with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company recognizes that all 17 SDGs must be worked on together and not one at a time. 

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MetTel To Provide Internet Protocol Services To The SEC; Robert Dapkiewicz Quoted

MetTel

MetTel announced on Wednesday that the company was selected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to provide Internet Protocol Services (IPS) under the General Services Administration (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. The selection illustrates that the company’s federal practice is growing. Since last year, MetTel has won contract awards from over a dozen federal organizations totaling over $2 billion in total contract value after all options.  

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Chief Human Capital Officers Council Now Fully Under OPM; Director Kiran Ahuja, Katy Kale Quoted

Kiran Ahuja

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will regain full authority of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council's (CHCO) functions, following the divide of the council's functions between the General Services Administration (GSA) and OPM since 2019. This move transfers the GSA's share of CHCO Council functions back to OPM, the personnel management agency said Tuesday.

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Former Defense Exec Lisa Porter: U.S. Should Not Limit Microelectronics Supply Chain

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, who formerly served as the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the U.S. government should contribute to international microelectronics standards rather than solely rely on the limited, domestic supply chain. She said relying purely on U.S.-made microelectronics is not feasible and establishes a false notion. 

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Adm. Michael Gilday: FY 2022 Budget Proposal Aligns With Navy’s Future Fleet Vision

Adm. Michael Gilday

Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, said he believes the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 supports the U.S. Navy’s plans for its future fleet design. Although the law requires the Navy to achieve a fleet of 355 ships, Gilday said the service can afford approximately 300 ships given its current budget.

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DOE Awards $127M in Grants to 110 Small Businesses for Clean Energy R&D Projects; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a total of $127 million in funding to small businesses across 26 states working on clean energy technologies. The 110 projects cover various technological areas such as renewable and fusion energy, carbon management and cybersecurity. Emissol from Washington state received $1.65 million to research a low-cost pathway. 

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