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NIST Discovers How to Expand 5G Use With ‘Smart’ Antennas, Narrow Beams

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a method to design “smart” antennas that use narrow beams and provide lower signal interference, delays and energy loss during transmissions. NIST said Monday, the method utilizes narrow beams to rapidly send signals in different directions and support 5G wireless devices and base stations. It also enables system designers and engineers to select appropriate antenna beamwidths and the antenna that best suits a specific application. 

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Glenn Davidson: Commerce Department’s Shared Services Modernization Builds on Long-Term Planning

Glenn Davidson, the Department of Commerce's former executive director of enterprise services, said the department is generating millions of dollars in savings as a result of shared services modernization, Federal News Network reported Monday. The department has modernized the human resource and information technology components of its shared services for the last three years, transitioning from an outdated back-office approach.

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Senate Approves DHS Bill to Build Agency-Wide Data Access System

The Senate approved a bill that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to put all component agency data into one system for easier access to information. The DHS Data Framework Act proposed by Texas Rep. Will Hurd backs the development of a single data framework that collects all data related to homeland security, terrorist information, weapons of mass destruction and national intelligence to support DHS operations, a statement from Hurd’s office said Friday

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Patrick Shanahan: Pentagon to Advance Efforts in Missiles, Cyber, Space Areas in 2019

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Pentagon plans to focus its 2019 national strategy on cyber, missiles and space areas in order to maintain the country’s military advantage. Shanahan wrote in a Defense News article published Monday that the Department of Defense will leverage developments in missile defense systems, hypersonics and long-range precision fires in 2019 to protect U.S. and international assets from adversary missiles.

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OMB Aims to Build Up Federal Cybersecurity With New Memo on High Value Asset Program

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a memorandum that seeks to build up the Department of Homeland Security’s High Value Asset program to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of federal agencies. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday the memo outlines actions across six areas such as the establishment of enterprise HVA governance, implementation of data-driven HVA prioritization and privacy protection.

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Sen. Warner Proposes Cyber Doctrine, International Agreement to Expand US Cybersecurity

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, called on the White House and Congress to create a new U.S. cyber doctrine and establish an international agreement on standards regarding cyber attacks and security to deter threats, particularly Russia, CNET reported Friday. He said the federal government has been failing to protect critical infrastructures in the country and to prevent disinformation campaigns. 

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FAA Exploring Reform Options, Increasing US Space Launches

The Federal Aviation Administration aims to discuss and release new regulations and spaceport categories by end of 2018 or early next year, to speed up approval for space launches and allow more facilities to accommodate space operations in the U.S., Politico reported Friday.
 

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USAF Approves Production of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb

The U.S. Air Force approved the production of a new guided tail-kit assembly for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb. The service branch said Friday, its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will conclude the TKA's manufacturing development phase and proceed with production under the Milestone C transition. AFNWC developed the TKA and will perform integration with the bomb built by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

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Business Vet Anil Cheriyan Appointed to Lead Two GSA Services

Anil Cheriyan, former executive vice president and chief information officer of SunTrust Banks, has been appointed to fill two roles at the General Services Administration, effective early January. The GSA said Friday he will serve as director of the Technology Transformation Services and deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.

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