DHS, RTI International, NYSTEC Ink Partnership Intermediary Agreements

Department of

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology (DHS S&T) directorate has signed partnership intermediary agreements with nonprofit organizations RTI International and New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. Partnership intermediaries work to provide counsel and support to educational institutions and small businesses. RTI offers bidirectional transfer of knowledge, resources, and technologies while NYSTEC performs technical support work for technology programs.

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NASA’s Reid Wiseman to Lead Agency’s Astronaut Office; Steve Koerner Quoted

Reid Wiseman

Reid Wiseman, a NASA astronaut, will succeed Pat Forrester to lead the space agency's Astronaut Office. Wiseman will help NASA oversee resources and operations at the Astronaut Office that operates from Johnson Space Center. “Reid’s energy and enthusiasm for space exploration are matched only by his thoughtfulness and commitment to his fellow astronauts,” said Steve Koerner, director of flight operations at NASA.

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AECOM Promotes Richard Barrett as Regional Chief Executive of ANZ Region; Lara Poloni Quoted


AECOM has promoted Richard Barrett as regional chief executive for the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) region. Barrett has served as the ANZ chief operating officer for the past six years. With AECOM, Barrett has led revenue growth, improved client service and project delivery and increased employee engagement. Barrett will succeed Todd Battley, who will join AECOM’s global executive team as chief strategy officer.

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New Strategy Outlines Navy, USMC, USCG Sea Security Plan; Adm. Michael Gilday Quoted

Adm. Michael Gilday

The U.S. government's three maritime-focused armed services have developed and released a strategy that outlines how they plan to integrate, collaborate and modernize toward the future. The “Advantage at Sea” tri-service maritime strategy tackles the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard's joint approach to protect international seas from Russia and China over the next 10 years. 

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Parsons, NJ TRANSIT Deploy PTC System to Increase Transit Safety; Chuck Harrington Quoted

Chuck Harrington

Parsons has announced that NJ TRANSIT (NJT) has completed the final deployment of its Positive Train Control (PTC) system, which will increase the safety of rail transit. "The team worked tirelessly through a global pandemic to ensure the safety of New Jersey's rail network," said Chuck Harrington, chairman and CEO of Parsons and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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KBR Announces Energy, Sustainability Efforts; Stuart Bradie Quoted

Stuart Bradie

KBR has published its 2019 Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report and announced a new sustainability agenda. KBR will implement a plan to incorporate corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, policies, procedures and management approaches that will support positive environmental and social impact. "We are confident this will further support our efforts to make a positive difference in the world," Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said.  

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Radiance Promotes Kristi Looney to VP, Director of HR; Cindy Santy Quoted

Radiance Technologies

Radiance Technologies has promoted Kristi Looney as vice president of Human Resources. She currently supervises the company’s Human Resources Department, focusing on recruiting, benefits, compensation and workforce planning, as director of Human Resources. She will continue to serve as director, following her promotion. "Kristi has passion for her work and is dedicated to our employee-owners," said Cindy Santy, Radiance's chief capabilities officer. 

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Northrop Grumman, NASA Complete Last Sunshield Deployment Test for James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation and NASA have successfully completed the final sunshield deployment test on the James Webb Space Telescope, the company reported on Friday. The successful test will prepare the telescope for launch in 2021. “The success of this important milestone demonstrates the rigor and dedication of the Northrop Grumman and NASA team,” said Scott Willoughby.

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA-USDA Partnership Aims to Transform Agricultural Production Through Earth Observations

Jim Bridenstine

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA will collaborate to explore the potential of Earth observation systems and other space-based technology to address agricultural research challenges. The partnership also seeks to address measures recommended in the 2017 Earth Science decadal survey report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Biden Picks Rep. Deb Haaland, Jennifer Granholm for Interior Dept, DOE Leadership Roles

Rep. Deb Haaland

President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), and Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, to be secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). Haaland and Granholm are among the nominees and appointees to the incoming administration’s climate team.

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