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NSF Taps Georgia Tech to Lead AI Research Institutes

Artificial Intelligence

Georgia Institute of Technology has received $40 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish two research institutes that will drive artificial intelligence research over the next five years. The institute said Thursday that it will hire 100 new researchers and bolster its studies on machine learning through the awards.

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John Plumb Nominated for Space Policy Leadership Role at DOD

John Plumb

President Biden has nominated John Plumb, formerly the director of defense policy and strategy at the National Security Council (NSC), to become the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Plumb brings expertise in the areas of nuclear technology, missile defense and space, with more than a century's quarter of national security experience. 

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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Vows to Focus on Mission Fulfillment

Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, a former acquisition chief at the Department of Defense (DOD) and a three-time Wash100 Award winner, was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the Air Force. "I will be totally focused on ensuring that our Air and Space Forces can fulfill their missions to defend the nation against our most challenging threats, today and into the future,” the 26th SecAF said.

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DOD to Develop Additive Manufacturing Tech Guide; Robert Gold Quoted

Robert Gold

Department of Defense offices have partnered with military services to develop implementation plans and technical guidelines for additive manufacturing (AM) technology used to make 3D objects from polymer and metal materials. Robert Gold said that AM technology allows for the production of lighter innovative designs that veer away from traditional processes like lathes and welding. 

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Air Force Concludes 5th Architecture Demo, Evaluation for Increased Domain Awareness; Preston Dunlap Quoted

Architecture

The U.S. Air Force has completed its weeks-long exercise aimed at achieving increased domain awareness and decision superiority through a mission architecture powered by commercial innovations. The fifth Architecture Demonstration and Evaluation event saw various U.S. military organizations integrating artificial intelligence, networking technologies, classified-level mobile devices and other capabilities from the private sector.

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Report: US Eyes Sanction Campaign Against Iran’s Precision-Strike Capabilities

Unmanned Aircraft

The U.S. government is planning to impose sanctions against Iran’s precision-strike capabilities using guided missiles and drones citing concerns over the threats pose by such weapon systems to the U.S. and its allies. “It’s part of a comprehensive approach so we’re dealing with all aspects of the Iranian threat,” said a senior U.S. official.

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GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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GSA Announces April 2022 Transition to New Entity Verification System

Unique Entity ID

The General Services Administration has set April 4, 2022 as the deadline for transitioning to the new Unique Entity ID to help verify individuals, companies or organizations that want to do business with the federal government. Vendors and other entities that previously registered in the System for Award Management website have been assigned a UEI that can be viewed in SAM.gov’s entity registration record.

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Army, IBM, University Researchers Pen Book on Network Performance Management Techniques

Network Tomography

Researchers from the U.S. Army, IBM, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Imperial College London have written a book about network performance tomography. The book "Network Tomography: Identifiability, Measurement Design and Network State Inference," published by Cambridge University Press, describes several techniques for indirectly reconstructing a communications network's internal state by examining external information from edge nodes, the Army Research Laboratory said Wednesday.

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NASA Tests Imaging System Designed for Moon Landing Safety; Ron Sostaric Quoted

HDL System

NASA has tested the performance of a hazard detection lidar (HDL) technology in potentially producing images of extraterrestrial planetary surfaces and supporting safe landing for space exploration. The space agency said Wednesday that its Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE) effort prototyped and demonstrated an HDL system at Goddard Space Flight Center.

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