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Navy Opens New Submarine Facility at Norfolk-Based Shipyard

Norfolk Naval Shipyard has launched a new submarine maintenance facility to boost the timeliness of ship deliveries from the U.S. Navy's public shipyards. The two-storey facility supports the Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Plan, and houses maintenance, production and support activities in a single venue beside the shipyard's submarine drydocks, Naval Sea Systems Command said Tuesday. The 24,000-square foot building employs an open-office design to accommodate collaborative work with teams working on submarine projects.

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DHS S&T Pursues Development of Airport Shoe Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a millimeter wave technology designed to scan footwear for airport security. DHS' Science and Technology Directorate said Tuesday that it's pursuing this project as part of the Screening at Speed Program, an effort to boost security effectiveness and reduce waiting times for passengers.

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Space Dev’t Agency Seeking Low-Earth Orbit Satcom Capabilities

The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.

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Woodward, Inc. Selects AAR to be the Exclusive Distributor in Support of U.S. Military; Eric Young Quoted

AAR, a leading aviation services provider for commercial airlines and governments across the globe, has been selected as the exclusive distributor for Woodward to promote and sell spare piece parts in support of the U.S. government’s fleets, AAR announced on Wednesday.

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NSF Taps Industry to Update Strategic Computing Initiative

The National Science Foundation issued a request for information seeking industry comments on the challenges and updates to U.S. strategic computing to maintain scientific, technological and economic leadership. The RFI issued Tuesday on Federal Register aims to guide the agency in developing a new National Strategic Computing Initiative.

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Independent Board Considers Options to Reduce Federal Civilian Real Estate Footprint

The Public Build Reform Board conducted its first meeting to try to identify at least five excess federal civilian properties to sell within six months to generate savings, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The independent board, which was established through 2016 Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, will need to send its recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget for evaluation and approval.

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