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DHS, ARL Unveil Virtual Training Platform for First Responders to Active Shooter Incidents

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has collaborated with the Army Research Laboratory to deploy a new virtual training platform that works to help first responders coordinate their tactics for active shooter incidents. DHS said Monday the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment is a free multiplayer online tool that is …

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Report: Trump Discusses Emerging Tech With Telecom, UAS Company Execs

President Donald Trump met with venture capitalists and leaders of telecommunications and unmanned aerial systems companies to discuss how the government can help industry bring emerging technologies to market, Reuters reported Thursday. The meeting included executives of AT&T, General Electric, PrecisionHawk, Kespry, AirMap, Airspace, Measure UAS, Trumbull Unmanned, Verizon Communications and CenturyLink, among others, …

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NASA Awards University of Oklahoma $161M Contract for Atmospheric Carbon Cycle Observatory Devt

NASA has awarded the University of Oklahoma in Norman a potential $161 million contract to develop a geostationary instrument that will work to measure vegetation health and carbon-related greenhouse gases from space. The agency said Friday it selected the university’s proposed Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory out of 15 submissions received for the …

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DHS’ Jeanette Manfra: Russia Targeted Election Systems in 21 States

Federal officials told lawmakers at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday they have determined that Russia interfered with election-related platforms prior to the U.S. presidential elections in 2016, The Hill reported Wednesday. “We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” said Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for …

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Trump, Tech Execs Meet to Discuss Govt Computing Modernization Strategies

High-ranking executives of 18 U.S. technology firms met with President Donald Trump on Monday to discuss possible ways to increase efficiency of computing systems in the government, Reuters reported Tuesday. The report said attendees of the meeting include leaders of Amazon, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe Systems, Alphabet, Apple, Kleiner Perkins and Qualcomm. They …

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