USAF Updates ‘Air Force Connect’ App to Centralize Base-Related Information

Air Force Connect

The U.S. Air Force is relaunching the 88th Air Base Wing’s page within the Air Force Connect mobile app to serve as a portal for base information including data on senior officials, directories, and social media. The Air Force said Friday the app is meant to operate as a central interface to sreamline information discovery without the need for multiple websites.

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AFRL Prepares to Establish New Space Environment Research Facility; Todd Parris Quoted

Skywave Technology

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broke ground at Kirtland Air Force Base to mark the construction of a new 3,500-square-foot facility for space environment research. The $3.5 million Skywave Technology Laboratory will allow researchers to test large antennas and sensor systems outdoors before deployment. 

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DOE Unveils Funding Opportunities for Data Science, Computing Research Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award a total of $34.5 million in funds to support research efforts on data science and computation-based approaches that could forecast harsh weather patterns, address scientific gaps and accelerate clean energy technology development. DOE will obligate a cumulative sum of $11.5 million for the two funding opportunities within the current fiscal year.

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Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman: Space Force Must Lead Orbital Safety Initiatives

Lt. Gen. B. Chance

Lt. Gen. B. Chance Sdaltzman, deputy chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service branch must lead efforts to establish and promote regulations on orbital safety. Saltzman said at a Brookings Institution event that the Space Force should have a central role in addressing space junk and debris that could impact international space operations in the long run.

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Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble: Army Funneling $800M for Organic Industrial Base Modernization

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble

Lt. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy chief of staff, G-4, at the U.S. Army, said the service branch is investing $800 million to update its arsenals, ammunition plants and depots. He noted that the service has executed workforce rejuvenation efforts and is looking into establishing a nitric acid complex within the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 

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AMERICAN SYSTEMS Awarded ISO Certifications from Intertek; Peter Smith Quoted

Peter Smith

AMERICAN SYSTEMS  announced Monday it was awarded ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 20000-1:2018 certificates from Intertek. The certifications confirm AMERICAN SYSTEMS information security management system for business services and service management services adhere to internationally-recognized standards. The two certifications coincided with AMERICAN’s quality management system's recertification for selected programs and corporate managed processes under ISO 9001:2015 standard in December of 2020. 

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U.S. Companies Continue to Secure Defense Deals Amid Pandemic-Related Slowdown

Global Defense Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the growth of the global defense industry as governments increase spending on efforts aimed at countering the public health and economic effects of the coronavirus. Economic and logistical challenges due to the pandemic have disrupted defense sales, manufacturing and development, resulting in production irregularities and increasing costs for many defense contractors.

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Xavier Becerra Sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Xavier Becerra

Xavier Becerra, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and former member of the Subcommittee on Health of the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to serve as the 25th secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Senate voted 50 to 49 in favor of Becerra's confirmation as HHS secretary.

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NIST Seeks Public Comments on Draft Bring Your Own Device Practice Guide

Telework Policy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a draft special publication that seeks to demonstrate how organizations can use standards-based, commercially available products to help meet their privacy and security needs as they adopt the bring your own device practice. Public comments on the draft practice guide are due May 3rd.

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House Lawmakers Ask Agencies to Provide More Details on SolarWinds Hack

Cyber Hacks

A group of bipartisan House lawmakers sent letters to heads of federal agencies requesting more information related to the SolarWinds cyberattack. Lawmakers also want to know how agencies evaluate vendors for cybersecurity risks and whether they have a specific plan in place to reduce the risks of future supply chain attacks.

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