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Air Force Research Lab Publishes Guidance on Cislunar Space

Lunar Mission

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released a document designed to help military servicemen understand the cislunar space concept, which refers to the space between Earth and the moon. The document, titled “A Primer on Cislunar Space,” features a description of cislunar space, related details and specific measurements to help readers determine the space's physical coverage.

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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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Brian Campo: DHS to Determine Most Suitable Uses of Different AI Applications

Brian Campo

Brian Campo, deputy chief technology officer (CTO) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said DHS wants to compare artificial intelligence, robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning from each other and determine applications the best suit each of these different concepts. Campo said at the Federal Drive show that the department wants to identify the commonalities of these different technologies. 

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Report: Space Force to Take Management Responsibility for Navy, Army Satcom Services

Space Delta 8

A U.S. Space Force delta will assume the responsibility for operations of 11 narrowband communications satellites currently managed by the Navy and satcom payloads being operated by the Army. Space Delta 8, which is headquartered at Schriever AF Base in Colorado, is scheduled to commence the transition process in October as USSF aims to establish an integrated satcom enterprise that would connect military users.

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Gen. Mark Milley Testifies Before House Panel on FY 2022 Defense Budget Request

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget of $715 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks to strike a balance between future modernization and readiness. Milley said investments in such technologies are aligned with the Pentagon’s joint warfighting concept. 

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Air Force Laboratory Applies DevSecOps to Support Battle Management System Development

Overmatch Software Armory

The U.S. Air Force's battle laboratory at Nellis AF Base in Nevada is using the DevSecOps software development methodology to help the service branch create a joint warfighting system that will facilitate data collection, analysis and sharing among military users. USAF noted the center is looking to adopt machine learning and artificial intelligence technology for data collection efforts.

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GAO: DOD Needs Data Strategies to Improve IT Acquisition Monitoring

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) to revisit its chief information officer risk ratings, improve data collection initiatives and develop data strategies for its business systems and software acquisition pathways to help enhance acquisition monitoring. Some of these changes are improving data transparency and implementing Agile software development.

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FCC Proposes Amended Rules for Telecom Provider Reimbursement Program

Telecommunications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to consider at its July 13th open meeting an order that would amend rules for a program that seeks to reimburse telecommunications carriers for removing and replacing equipment and services that pose risks to national security. The amended rules would allow communications services providers with 10 million or fewer customers to take part in the reimbursement program.

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U.S. Russia Foundation Head Celeste Wallander Nominated to DOD International Security Affairs Post

Celeste Wallander

President Biden has nominated Celeste Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, to serve as assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DOD). Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, would return to DOD and advise the defense secretary on international security strategy and policy matters if the Senate confirms her nomination. 

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Senate Confirms Kiran Ahuja as OPM Director

Kiran Ahuja

The Senate has confirmed Kiran Ahuja as director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by a narrow vote, four months after President Biden nominated her to the position. Ahuja, who has led Philanthropy Northwest as CEO over the past four years, will return to the federal government's human resources agency where she served as chief of staff from November 2015 to January 2017.

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