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DHS Announces Winners of Opioid Detection Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled the champion of a global $1.55M competition on opioid detection technology. IDSS, winner of the Opioid Detection Challenge, will receive a $500K grand prize for its IDSS Detect 1000 scanner tool, DHS said Thursday.

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Nat’l Security Experts Cite Need to Revise DoD Directive on Autonomous Weapons Dev’t

Bob Work, vice chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, said the Department of Defense should update a directive on producing autonomous weapons to reflect new technologies like artificial intelligence, C4ISRnet reported Thursday.

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Dana Deasy: Pentagon to Move 14 Components to JEDI Cloud Environment in February

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2019 Wash100 winner, said the Pentagon will move 14 components to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud environment beginning in February as part of the initial deployment of the platform, Federal Times reported Thursday.

 

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University of Arizona Prepares for Next Phase of NEO Surveillance Mission

A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona plans the next phase of the projected NASA mission that aims to develop a space-based infrared telescope designed to detect potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. 

Professor Amy Mainzer of UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and her team will provide documentation and reviews to help the space agency decide whether to begin the preliminary design phase of the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission in 2020, the university said Tuesday

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