Press Releases

GAO: FAA Must Update Approach to Avionics Cybersecurity Oversight

Avionics Cybersecurity

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to strengthen its oversight of cybersecurity in aircraft and avionics systems. GAO said that although “extensive cybersecurity controls” are in place, the FAA needs to consider the emerging threat landscape and increasing connections between airplanes and various systems.

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US, ‘Five Eyes’ Allies Seek Public-Private Sector Commitment to Encryption Policies

Cybersecurity

The U.S. attorney general and four government officials representing Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. have signed a joint statement seeking renewed commitment on encryption and data security. William Barr and the allied signatories wrote in the statement dated Oct. 11th that they support strong encryption approaches that help protect privacy, personal data, trade secrets, intellectual property and cybersecurity.

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NASA to Fund Battelle Study on Chemical Properties of Tree Canopy Structure; Keith Krause Quoted

Battelle

Battelle has announced that NASA will fund a three-year collaborative project to investigate how the chemical properties of leaves and tree canopy structures affect remote sensing observations. Funded under NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science program, the study will be led by Battelle, the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire.

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Two USAF Commands Seek to Advance Collaboration Between Program Offices, Operational Wings; Gen. Arnold Bunch Quoted

U.S. Air Force

Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) have signed a memorandum of agreement to create a program to provide operators and program managers an opportunity to gain insight into each other’s missions and share information to improve readiness and lethality, the service branch reported Sunday.

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Federal Transit Administration to Fund R&D for Operational Efficiency Amid COVID-19

FTA

The Federal Transit Administration has announced a new $10 million funding opportunity for research and development on how to improve transit operational efficiency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State and local government entities, tribes and recipients of urbanized and rural area formula funds may apply for the funding opportunity through Nov. 2.

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Navy Unveils Name of First Guided Missile Frigate; Kenneth Braithwaite Quoted

USS Constellation

The U.S. Navy has named the first guided missile frigate in the service branch's FFG(X) program as USS Constellation. Designated as FFG 62, the vessel is meant to support the National Defense Strategy by providing the military service with a multimission capability to carry out a range of military operations.

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NIST, FedRAMP Developing Programming Language to Help Automate Cloud Security Assessments

Cloud Security

The Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to implement a universal programming language that can help accelerate cloud certification and drive automation in government operations. “What normally would take an assessor weeks to do, an OSCAL tool can perform in seconds,” said David Waltermire

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to Create Public-Private Partnerships

Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and Wash100 Award recipient, will deliver a keynote address during NASA’s Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium meeting, which will stream live on NASA Television and the agency's website on Oct. 14th. Bridenstine will address NASA's Artemis program and announce the agency's latest Tipping Point selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration.

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Bechtel Partners with TerraPower to Develop Demonstration Plant; Barbara Rusinko, Chris Levesque Quoted

Barbara Rusinko

Bechtel has partnered with TerraPower to provide plant design, licensing, procurement and construction through federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium reactor and energy system architecture, Bechtel reported on Thursday. Bechtel will join a team that includes GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PacifiCorp, Energy Northwest, and Duke Energy.

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