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DOE Introduces Funding Opportunity for Material Science Research Projects; Rick Perry Quoted

The Department of Energy plans to award $27.6M in grants supporting data science research efforts to speed up discovery capabilities in material sciences and chemistry. DOE said Wednesday that it intends to use the research projects to comprehend chemical properties and related processes that may support the creation of superconductors, alloys and approaches in material synthesis and chemical separation.

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FedBizOpps to be Decommissioned by Fiscal Year 2020

The General Services Administration’s Integrated Award Environment will transition all functions of the Federal Business Opportunities website to the System for Award Management’s beta website as it plans to retire the former by fiscal year 2020. A GSA Interact blog post published Tuesday says the move is to streamline the awards process in the federal government.

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Lisa Costa: SOCOM Looks Into Software-Defined Networking, Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Lisa Costa, chief information officer at U.S. Special Operations Command, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday that software-defined networking, next-gen laptop and Special Operations Forces hybrid cloud are the emerging networking capabilities SOCOM is investigating. Costa said SOCOM’s cloud strategy is based on application modernization and cloud development.

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Accenture Reveals New Cybercrime Operating Model Among High-Profile Threat Group; Josh Ray Quoted

Accenture released its 2019 Cyber Threatscape Report on Wednesday to provide insights and predictions on the cyberthreat landscape and how it will shift over the next year. The goal is to help organizations stay ahead of threats relevant to their organization, industry and geography. 

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Navy OKs Deployment of USS Ford’s Aircraft Recovery Tech

The U.S. Navy has authorized the USS Gerard R. Ford to use its recovery technology to retrieve propeller and fighter aircraft systems via an aircraft recovery bulletin. The Advanced Arresting Gear works to recover aircraft units, allow large safety margins and mitigate potential fatigue impact, maintenance and manpower needs, the Navy said Tuesday.

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