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Air Force Taps Academia to Expand Hypersonic Testing Facilities

The U.S. Air Force is partnering with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to expand its testing facilities for future hypersonic technologies, Military.com reported Tuesday. Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said the universities will build “quiet wind tunnels” to reduce free stream disturbances and for more accurate aerothermodynamics predictions.

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Autonomous Solutions Conducts Edwards Air Force Base Facility Survey

Autonomous Solutions performed a two-day site survey to secure information in line with their performance of automated efforts at the Precision Impact Range Area in Edwards Air Force Base. John Streets, a member of the 412th Range Squadron, said in a statement published Tuesday that the company will develop a technology to push automated vehicles to carry out convoy operations on target acquisition tests.

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Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic, Presents David Drabkin, Chairman of Section 809 Panel, His First Wash100 Award

Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, presented David Drabkin, chairman of the Section 809 Panel, with his first Wash100 Award on Tuesday. Executive Mosaic recognizes Drabkin for his role in the realignment of the Department of Defense’s acquisition process in 2018.

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The Boy Scouts of America to Honor Mac Curtis, President and CEO of Perspecta, During the Annual Good Scout Technology Award Luncheon on May 8th

Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Perspecta, will be honored during the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council’s Annual Good Scout Technology Award Luncheon on May 8th. You can find the registration page for the event here.

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VA Continues Efforts to Implement Mission Act; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to augment its health care system with new implementations as part of the Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks or MISSION act. The legislation, passed in 2018, intends to streamline the delivery of health care services and help veterans access more care options that suit their needs, VA said Monday.

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HHS Unveils CMS Primary Cares Initiative; Alex Azar Quoted

The Department of Health and Human Services launched a new program that aims to transform primary care and reduce administrative burdens for health care providers through a set of payment models. HHS said Monday the CMS Primary Cares Initiative seeks to support patients with chronic conditions and serious illnesses and has five payment model options: Primary Care First; PCF - High Need Populations; Direct Contracting - Global; Direct Contracting - Professional; Direct Contracting - Geographic.

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IRS Releases Six-Year IT Modernization Plan

A recently released Internal Revenue Service report estimates that operations and maintenance costs for IRS information technology systems will reach $3 billion by fiscal 2026, Nextgov reported Monday. The six-year Integrated Business Modernization Plan released on Thursday states that the IRS spends over $2.2 billion to operate and maintain its systems every year.

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NIST Unveils Maryland Solar Panel Array

The National Institute of Standards and Technology inaugurated a large solar energy array during the agency's celebration of Earth Day. The array consists of 15,000 panels and is built to provide over 8 million killowatt-hours of energy in the agency's facility in Gaithersburg, Md., NIST said Monday. The agency noted that the array will mitigate the release of approximately 6,200 metric tons of annual carbon emissions based from a formula created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the array will potentially help NIST save $3.5 million in expenses for the next two decades.

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Air Force Acquires Frequentis-Developed Air Traffic Control Systems

The U.S. Air Force tapped Austrian tech company Frequentis to provide virtual air traffic control systems by October, National Defense reported Thursday. Mark Robinson, head of air traffic management at Frequentis, said at the Avalon Airshow in Australia that the company will deliver a total of four fixed and deployable smartVISION tower systems consisting of cameras, high-fidelity monitors and surveillance technologies designed for aircraft identification.

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Dovarius Peoples Named USACE CIO

Dovarius Peoples, former deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command, has been named the chief information officer of the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal News Network reported Monday. He succeeds Greg Garcia and will officially assume the role on April 28. In his new capacity, Peoples will manage USACE’s fiscal 2019 budget for information technology efforts valued at around $576 million. 

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