NASA Issues Solicitation for Lunar Sample Collection Services; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has released its solicitation for soil sample and materials collection services as part of the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program. NASA plans to enlist a company to collect 50 to 500 grams of lunar regolith or rock samples from the moon and purchase a quantity of the materials from the selected contractor.

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President Trump Eyes Nomination of Matthew Shipley as DoD Asst Secretary

Matthew Shipley

President Trump plans to nominate Matthew Shipley, a two-decade U.S. Navy veteran, to serve as assistant secretary for readiness at the Department of Defense (DoD). Shipley manages and develops policies for the U.S. military in his current role as deputy assistant secretary for force readiness at DoD. 

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Amentum CEO John Vollmer Receives His Fifth Wash100 Award From Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson

John Vollmer

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented Amentum CEO John Vollmer with his fifth Wash100 Award on Thursday. This marks the fifth-time Vollmer has received the award in the last six years. Vollmer’s commitment and leadership led to substantial growth for Amentum by securing major contract wins across the government contracting (GovCon) sector.

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Dr. Mark Lewis, Michael Brown Discuss DoD Modernization Strategy

Dr. Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark Lewis, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) recently discussed the Department of Defense (DoD) modernization strategy, including the development and procurement of high priority systems. The Department's officials stated that artificial intelligence, directed energy, small satellites, hypersonics, 5G network and unmanned aerial systems have the potential to offer a competitive advantage.


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DSCA Drives Partnerships Across Multi-Domain Operations; Heidi Grant Quoted

Heidi Grant

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced a new initiative to partner with security agencies to advance multi-domain operations, specifically to improve teamwork in regards to air operations, Heidi Grant, DSCA director said on Thursday. Grant added that the agency should work to operationalize a multi-domain approach to enable more effective air-power teaming.

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State Department Advances Enterprise Data Management; Janice deGarmo Quoted

Janice deGarmo

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has worked to quickly improve different arms of the State Department that were redundant and gathered the same COVID-19 data, when the process could be streamlined with advanced technologies and policies. The department has made recent efforts to simultaneously improve its software for collecting and storing data and its governance of the process.

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Pentagon Launches New AI Tool to Deliver Data in Near-Real-Time; Gen. Richard Clarke Quoted

Gen. Richard Clarke

The Pentagon has announced that it will deliver a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Entropy, to special operators, which will enable users to conduct psychological operations in near-real time in the information environment. Entropy will help reduce the cognitive challenges of personnel performing military information support operations. The tool is currently under development by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint AI Center (JAIC).

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Mark Lewis: AI to Advance Human-Machine Teaming

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis, director of research and engineering for modernization at the Department of Defense (DoD), said he believes artificial intelligence will help advance human-machine teaming. Lewis commented on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) AlphaDogfight Trials in which a Heron Systems-developed AI ‘pilot’on an F-16 Viper jet

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JAIC, Deloitte Work on Cloud-Based AI Development Space; Nand Mulchandani Quoted

Nand Mulchandani

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working with Deloitte to develop a prototype of a cloud platform that could enable developers to create uses for AI under an $80 million contract awarded in August 2020. Mulchandani said the JCF will accommodate open-source platforms and other development tools.

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DOE to Fund Research Projects in Scientific Studies, Decision Support Methods

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $16 million in funds to support research efforts in the usage of artificial intelligence and machine learning for scientific studies and management of complex processes. The funding opportunity will support the development of AI and ML-based predictive modeling and simulation technologies for physical sciences.

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