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DOE, DOD Ink Space Cooperation Agreement; Mark Menezes Quoted

Mark Menezes

The Department of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) have entered into an agreement to augment research and development efforts that could support the U.S. government's national space policy. The agreement also intends to create a senior-level executive forum that will build working groups and roll out a framework for potential joint programs. 

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AFRL, Korean Partners Solicit Quantum Information Science Research; Shery Welsh Quoted

Air Force Research

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its partners intend to award three-year grants for quantum information science and technology research. “Our international program officers create programmatic opportunities to discover bold, high-risk, high-reward research that will modernize our Air and Space Forces," said Shery Welsh, director of AFRL's Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). 

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DOE to Back Wind Turbine Generator Dev’t Projects

Wind Turbine

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $8 million in funds to support eight projects that will cover the development of lightweight wind turbine generators for offshore and tall wind usage. The department seeks to lower the cost of wind generation by 10 to 25 percent and produce generators that are 50 percent smaller and lighter through the effort.

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, In-Q-Tel’s Sarah Sewall on Need for US-Allied Minerals Production Efforts

Minerals Production

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., has said the U.S. must work to foster partnerships with “Five Eyes” allies to mitigate reliance on China for critical mineral components. Sarah Sewall, executive vice president of In-Q-Tel, noted that the CSC made good recommendations in its white paper on securing the U.S. supply chain’s mineral resources.

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Biden Administration Names New Executives to GSA Leadership Positions

GSA

The Biden Administration has appointed new General Services Administration (GSA) officials to spearhead key initiatives, including COVID-19 relief, economic recovery, racial equity and climate. Of the appointments, Katy Kale, former assistant to the President for Management and Administration under President Obama and GSA Chief of Staff, will be the deputy administrator and will serve as the acting administrator.

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Dewberry Promotes Four Executives to Vice President

Executive Promotions

Dewberry has promoted Chris dePascale, Jean Huang, Stephen Kalaf and Mathew Mampara to vice presidents. The promotions will further Dewberry’s ongoing expansion of engineering, architectural and consulting services. Throughout his career, dePascale successfully developed, managed and delivered infrastructure projects in the public, education and healthcare markets.

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Cypress International Names Hon. Kevin Fahey as President, COO; LTG David Halverson Quoted

Hon. Kevin Fahey

Cypress International has appointed Hon. Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary for acquisition at the Department of Defense (DOD), as president and chief operating officer (COO), effective April 12. “Kevin’s recent assignment as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition will also be of tremendous value to our clients," said LTG David Halverson, USA(Ret), chairman and chief executive officer of Cypress.

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Jim Bridenstine Addresses Importance of Artemis Program

Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed the importance of the Artemis program and moon missions moving into the future. “We need our Artemis program, we need our moon-to-Mars program, to span generations…We need to make sure that we’re leading the world in a return to the moon and on to Mars,” Bridenstine said. 

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SpaceX Launches Additional Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX

SpaceX launched its latest set of Starlink satellites on Jan. 20. With the launch, SpaceX has sent more than one thousand satellites for that broadband constellation. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. “We at SpaceX have certainly enjoyed what I would call a thoughtful and creative technical collaboration with an ever-widening group of astronomers,” said Patricia Cooper.

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Alejandro Mayorkas Discusses DHS Workforce Initiatives, Cyber Posture

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently discussed how he plans to support the department’s workforce. Mayorkas noted that he will work to provide DHS employees with essential tools to support success across the department. Mayorkas noted that he plans to improve the department’s cyber posture. 

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