US Navy Holds Christening for Virginia-Class USS Hyman G. Rickover; James Geurts Quoted

USS Hyman G. Rickover

The U.S. Navy has christened the second submarine named after Hyman G. Rickover, the former four-star Navy admiral who initiated the adoption of nuclear propulsion with technological and cultural advances in the service. The previous Hyman G. Rickover ship was commissioned on July 21, 1984, at the Submarine Base, New London, in Groton. 

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President Biden Eyeing to Nominate Alex Wagner as US Air Force Assistant Secretary For Manpower, Reserve Affairs

Alex Wagner

President Biden is eyeing to select Alex Wagner, Aerospace Industries Association vice president for strategic initiatives, as the U.S. Air Force assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs nominee, Air Force Times reported Friday. If confirmed, he will be in charge of handling military and civilian personnel concerns, Reserve components affairs and ensure the readiness of an estimated 700,000 workforce members in the Department of the Air Force. 

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CISA Launches New Online Vulnerability Disclosure Platform; Cybersecurity Official Eric Goldstein Quoted

Eric Goldstein

The Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) has launched a new centrally managed website where security researchers and the public can report vulnerabilities on federal civilian systems. The sharing process works by researchers checking the integrity of systems listed by the participating agencies and submitting their findings on the platform.

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DHS S&T Unveils Research Strategy for Artificial Intelligence; Kathryn Coulter Mitchell Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has unveiled a strategy that would guide S&T's research pursuits in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning. DHS said Friday its new AI/ML strategic plan defines research efforts that aim to increase S&T's understanding of opportunities and risks across the dynamic AI landscape.

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Senate Passes Bill to Support Small Business Federal Contracting; Sen. Gary Peters Quoted

Sen. Gary Peters

The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) has passed a bill that aims to help U.S. small businesses pursue contracting opportunities with the federal government. The PRICE Act — introduced by Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa — seeks to address the reluctance of some agencies towards the Small Business Administration’s programs.

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Ivanti Acquires RiskSense to Revolutionize the Patch Management Market, Combat Cyber Threats; CEO Jim Schaper Quoted

Ivanti Acquires RiskSense

Ivanti announced on Monday that the company has acquired RiskSense, a pioneer in risk-based vulnerability management and prioritization, in an undisclosed transaction to drive the next evolution of patch management. “Ivanti has been a leader in patch management for many years, but the acquisition of RiskSense will take our capabilities to an even higher level,” said Jim Schaper, Ivanti chairman and CEO. 

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Margaret Vo Schaus Confirmed as NASA Finance Chief; Administrator Bill Nelson Quoted

Margaret Vo Schaus

The Senate on Friday voted to confirm Margaret Vo Schaus, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, as the next chief financial officer of NASA. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that the agency needs steady management of the budget to support its upcoming efforts such as the deployment of the first woman and person of color to the Moon. 

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Senators Offer Cybersecurity Recommendations for Commerce Department, NIST

Cybersecurity Threats

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have called on the Department of Commerce (DOC), including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to further build up efforts to protect digital systems, connected technologies and the country from cybersecurity threats amid the recent ransomware attacks. 

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Vice Adm. Robert Sharp: US Needs ‘Steady Stream’ of Geomatics Professionals

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp

Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. should develop the next generation of geomatics scientists, mathematicians and engineers to maintain U.S. national security, support NGA’s Moonshot strategy and safeguard the country’s advantage in the field.

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DOE Unveils New Carbon Reduction Initiatives; Secretary Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy has launched two initiatives that aim to reduce the U.S. manufacturing and industrial sectors' carbon emissions under the larger Future of Manufacturing campaign. DOE said Thursday it will invest $42.3 million in new projects under a funding opportunity to achieve cleaner and more efficient manufacturing.

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