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Rep. Elissa Slotkin Introduces Bill on Leveraging Emerging Tech for Border Patrol Operations

Rep. Elissa Slotkin

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., has introduced a bill mandating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a strategy for leveraging emerging technologies for monitoring operations at the U.S. northern and southern borders.

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L3Harris Team Wins Task Order to Modernize USAF Flight Simulator; Todd Gautier, Lt. Col. Rick Jaime Quoted

Todd Gautier

L3Harris Technologies has announced that the company will lead a team, including CAE, CymSTAR, Dell Technologies and Leidos, to help transform the U.S. Air Force’s flight simulator training used to help develop highly skilled air crews. The L3Harris team will support the Air Force’s Simulators Common Architecture Requirements and Standards (SCARS) program. 

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AFWERX Selects Hexagon US Federal to Build Innovative Under New Challenge; Mark Rowland, Tammer Olibah Quoted

Tammer Olibah

AFWERX has announced that Hexagon US Federal is one of the top 92 participating teams selected from across the globe competing to build the Base of the Future Challenge. The challenge has focused on six topics, including Base Security, Installation Resilience, Leveraging Technology for Operational Effectiveness, Reverse Engineering, Culture of Innovation and Airman and Family Wellbeing.

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AECOM Names Lydia Kennard to Board of Directors; Douglas Stotlar Quoted

Lydia Kennard

AECOM has appointed Lydia Kennard, president and CEO of KDG Construction Consulting, to its Board of Directors, the company reported on Monday. Kennard’s appointment will be effective at a future date no later than December 2020. Kennard currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Prologis and Healthpeak Properties.

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GSA Advances FPDS Reporting Functions Transition to Beta SAM Website; Judith Zawatsky Quoted

Judith Zawatsky

The General Services Administration (GSA) will retire the reporting functions on the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) website after Oct. 17th to further encourage users to use the Data Bank tool on the System for Award Management’s (SAM) beta website. GSA decided to move the FPDS’ administrative, static, standard and ad hoc reporting functions to the beta SAM website in March 2020. 

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Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner Nominated to Succeed Vice Adm. Nancy Norton as DISA Director

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner

President Trump has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner to be the next Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) director and Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network commander. Maj. Gen. Skinner, current director of command, control, communications and cyber at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), is also in line to receive a promotion to the rank of lieutenant general.

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Army to Open PNT Tech Dev’t Hub in October

Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Army plans to open a technology development hub for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) capabilities next month to support the service branch’s efforts to reduce dependency on GPS technologies. The Army’s PNT Modernization Office, which contains an Open Innovation Lab (OIL) will be located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and slated to open on Oct. 8th. 

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NOAA Sets up New Safety Systems Near Two Naval Facilities


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Navy have deployed two units of a system designed to support maritime safety near two certain naval facilities. A couple of Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems operate near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire, separately, NOAA said Thursday.

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DHS Taps TDA Research for First Responder Power Module Dev’t

TDA Research

Colorado-based research and development company TDA Research has secured a two-year, $1 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the second phase of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to build an on-body power module for first responders.

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