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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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Commercial Drone Alliance Seeks ‘Regulatory Certainty’ for Large UAS Operations

The Commercial Drone Alliance is calling on the U.S. chief technology officer and the Federal Aviation Adinistration to “provide regulatory certainty” for operating large unmanned aerial systems. The industry group wrote to USCTO and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Michael Kratsios as well as FAA Administrator Stephen Dickinson and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao seeking a "clear regulatory roadmap” for drones that weigh more than 55 pounds.

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NIST Looks to Develop Common Cyber Standards for IoT Devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology solicited comments from industry partners as it works on a set of cybersecurity standards for manufacturers and users of internet of things-based devices, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. NIST officials held a workshop at its Gaithersburg, Md.-based headquarters Tuesday to seek industry feedback on an IoT risk management report released in June.

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Army’s AI Task Force Focusing on Next-Gen Mgmt Systems, Partnerships

The U.S. Army’s Artificial Intelligence Task Force is working on new projects such as predictive maintenance capabilities for helicopters and an AI application that will assist officials in talent management. The Army said Tuesday that its AI Task Force was created last year as part of a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and the Army Futures Command.

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VA Unveils Resource App for Veterans, Caregivers; Robert Wilkie Quoted

The Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a smartphone application that works to organize and streamline healthcare resources into a unified location for veterans and caregivers. The Launchpad for Veterans suite will enable users to access VA apps from five different categories namely mental health improvement, health care team communication, vital health information sharing and quality of life improvement, the agency said Monday.

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Federal Interim Rule Prohibits Gov’t Procurement of Chinese Telecom Equipment

A council of officials from the General Services Administration, NASA and the Department of Defense published an interim rule that would prohibit federal agencies from buying telecommunications and video surveillance systems and services from Huawei and four other Chinese telecom companies, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

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Army Research Office Funds AI-Based Energy Storage Research Project

The Army Research Office unveiled an initiative to validate materials that may work to modernize energy storage functions through the use of artificial intelligence, FCW reported Monday. The U.S. Army has funded a research team from Cornell University to assist in the study of potential element combinations that may yield alloy components for battery storage capabilities.

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