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Air Force, Army Working on New Contracts to Expand Military Cyber Training

The U.S. Air Force and Army issued solicitations seeking industry support for new initiatives to expand the cyber training environment for U.S. service members, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Army is aiming to build new cyber ranges in Orlando and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charleston, S. C., and in Patuxent River, Md to increase cybersecurity training and certification events for its troops.

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NASA, FAA Implementing Cloud-Based Drone Traffic Mgmt System

The Federal Aviation Administration and NASA are partnering with industry to create a cloud-based traffic management system that handles drones flying in the national airspace, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management platform organizes the flight of drones registered with the FAA and enables drone users to coordinate airspace use through a UAS Service Supplier.

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DOE Launching $66M Grant Program for Bioenergy Research

The Department of Energy plans to launch a three-year, $66M grant program for research on plants and microbes to find potential sources of bioenergy and bioproducts and to understand growth of potential bioenergy crops. The agency said Tuesday that it will provide $30M to support research projects focusing on gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.

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Peter Fanta: US Should Focus More on Nuclear Warhead Updates

Peter Fanta, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear matters at the Department of Defense, has said the U.S. should shift its focus from updating delivery systems toward modernizing nuclear warheads, Defense News reported Tuesday. Fanta told the audience at the Nuclear Deterrence Summit that DoD and the Department of Energy should collaborate to come up with engineering and manufacturing capabilities to develop updated warheads by 2040s in order to keep pace with potential enemies’ technological advancements.

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Potomac Officers Club Hosting Artificial Intelligence Summit With Keynote Speaker Dana Deasy, CIO at Department of Defense

The Potomac Officers Club — a division of Executive Mosaic — will be hosting the 2019 Artificial Intelligence Summit on Feb. 13 at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va. Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense and a 2019 Wash100 winner, will serve as a keynote speaker. On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order to launch the American AI Initiative, which directs federal resources toward the development of artificial intelligence in order to build up economic and national security and improve the quality of life of citizens.

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DoD Seeking $270M in FY 2020 Budget for Space Force HQ, Agency, Combatant Command

The Department of Defense is seeking $270M in funds for fiscal year 2020 to establish the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and headquarters for the new Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. DoD will request $120M for the Space Development Agency, $84M for the new combatant command and $64M for the new headquarters, according to a draft memo obtained by the publication. 

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White House Launches ‘American AI Initiative’ Through Executive Order

President Trump has signed an executive order launching a new program to direct federal resources toward the development of artificial intelligence to improve national security and the quality of life of citizens. The American AI Initiative has five key principles and one of those is directing federal agencies to prioritize investments in research and development efforts related to AI, the White House said Monday

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Army Tests EWTV Tactical Comms Vehicle at Fort Irwin

The U.S. Army conducted a month-long testing effort for the new Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, the Army said Monday. The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team or “Greywolf” commenced an electronic attack and support activities in an austere setting last month as part of the evaluation.

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GSA Secures TMF Budget to Update Payroll, Human Resource Systems

The General Services Administration has secured a budget from the Technology Modernization Fund to move its payroll system and human resource functions to a commercial cloud-enabled Software-as-a-Service product. The TMF Board said Monday that GSA’s system is “in serious need of modernization.” With the funding, the agency will migrate all of its 21,000 users to the NewPay payroll system, establish a new work schedule and leave the management system integrated into the new payroll platform. 

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