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Army Tests AI-Based Multisensor Tech for Explosives Detection

AI-Based Multisensor

The U.S. Army has demonstrated a machine learning-based sensor technology designed for fixed-wing aircraft that works with synthetic aperture radars to detect explosives from a designated safety point. Lt. Col. Mike Fuller, program manager at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said the team used side-by-side comparisons of multiple modalities during the assessment to maximize the probability of threat detection while minimizing false alarms.

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DOE Earmarks $50M for Materials Extraction R&D Projects; Daniel Simmons Quoted

Daniel Simmons

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested over $50 million to support 15 projects focused on materials extraction and engineering to support government initiatives aimed at mitigating supply risks in critical manufacturing efforts. Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said the investments are meant to fortify the U.S. industrial base by addressing gaps in the domestic supply chain.

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President Biden Tasks OMB to Lead Modernization of Federal Regulatory Reviews

White House

President Biden has issued a memo calling for a review of government policies to modernize federal regulatory procedures. The OMB director must also identify ways the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs could have “a more proactive role“ in working with agencies to promote, explore and undertake initiatives related to the regulatory process.

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CGI Updates Brand Identity to Further Support Clients’ Missions

CGI

CGI has updated its brand identity to demonstrate how the company enables clients to leverage technology to create value for their critical missions. "Today's brand refresh launch recognizes CGI's position as a leading advisor to clients, and our commitment to putting their aspirations at the center of our services," said Julie Godin, co-chair of the Board and executive vice president of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development.

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DOD Works to Prevent 5G C-Band Spectrum Interference; Alan Burke Quoted

5G C-Band Spectrum

The Department of Defense (DOD) will work to prevent interference to aviation instruments, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to auction C-band spectrum used for 5G communication. “The approach should be not on trying to slow down 5G metro deployment, but speeding up development and testing of mitigations that can serve as an interim gap until avionics manufacturers can harden their systems,” said Alan Burke.

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Boeing Wins $2B USAF Contract to Deliver KC-46A Tankers

KC-46A Tankers

Boeing has been awarded a $2.1 billion contract to deliver 15 KC-46A tankers to the U.S. Air Force. With the award, the U.S. Air Force will expand its fleet of aircraft, which will help enable the integrated digital battlespace. “The KC-46’s adaptability is going to be a game-changer for the U.S. Air Force,” said Jamie Burgess, Boeing KC-46 tanker vice president and program manager. 

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John Sherman Named DOD Acting CIO

John Sherman

John Sherman, principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense since June 2020, has been appointed to serve as the Department of Defense CIO on an acting basis. He will oversee DOD's information technology operations until the Senate approves a permanent replacement for Dana Deasy, who stepped down from the CIO position when President Biden's administration officially began on Jan. 20th. 

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DOE, National Lab, University Join Forces for Energy Storage Workforce Development

Dan Brouillette

The Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Youngstown State University will collaborate on a potential $1 million project to establish a center in the Midwest region for training workers in the battery and electric vehicle manufacturing industry. “We are in a period of tremendous advancement in battery technologies, presenting new opportunities for electric vehicles and energy storage systems,” said DOE Secretary Dan Brouillette

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Maj. Josh Benson: USMC Eyes Marine Littoral Regiment Formation in FY 2022

U.S. Marine Corps

Maj. Josh Benson, a spokesman for the U.S. Marine Corps, said the service plans to establish the first Marine Littoral Regiment in fiscal year 2022, as part of its strategy to counter peer competitors in the Indo-Pacific with small maneuvering units. “Experiments, wargames, modeling and simulation will play a key role in the phased approach to the MLR development," Benson said.

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Will Roper Unveils Guidance for U.S. Air Force ‘e-Series’ Digital Engineering Criteria

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a guidance to help program heads achieve an “e-Series” designation for digital engineering programs. According to Roper, the Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance program met the criteria for e-Series programs and serves as an “e-Plane” effort 

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