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NSA Working on ‘Explainable’ AI Capabilities

Neil Ziring, technical director for capabilities at the National Security Agency, said the capacity of artificial intelligence for "explainable" capabilities is vital for implementing the technology, Cyberscoop reported Friday. Ziring told the publication that AI’s ability to provide context on recommended actions “will be most important” when it comes to developing AI or machine learning-based technologies. 

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Marine Corps Looks at Challenges to Use IT-as-a-Service Model

The U.S. Marine Corps raised concerns that challenges that remain to implement a new information technology-as-a-Service contracting model, which will enable the service to move operations to contractors, FedScoop reported Friday. Officials said they intend to utilize the IT model to free up service members from basic commodity operations.

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Report: Commerce Dept Bans US Tech Exports to Chinese Supercomputer Developers

The Department of Commerce has restricted four China-based commercial entities and one institute from buying high-performance computing parts from the U.S. just over a month after President Trump issued an executive order banning Chinese telecommunications equipment over national security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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White House Issues Update to 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan

The White House’s National Science and Technology Council released an update to the 2016 strategic plan for artificial intelligence research and development in support of the American AI Initiative that was launched through an executive order in February. The National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update retains the first seven priorities in the 2016 plan and adds a new strategy to expand public-private partnerships to accelerate advances in AI.

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NASA Installs Mobility Gear on Mars 2020 Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory installed the wheels, legs and suspension to facilitate mobility of the Mars 2020 rover. The legs consist of titanium tubing and the six aluminum wheels offer cleats to provide traction as the rover traverses terrain on the red planet, space agency said Friday.

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NIST Recommends New Practices for Unclassified Info Security

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has added new information security strategies in an existing recommendation document for nonfederal organizations. NIST said Wednesday that it released a companion draft containing new recommendations for the existing publication entitled Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.

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Maxar Technologies Announces All-Electric Maxar 1300-Class Communications Satellite Set to Deliver Broadcast Services for Eutelsat; Megan Fitzgerald Quoted

Maxar Technologies announced on Friday that the all-electric EUTELSAT 7C communications satellite performed according to plan after the satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana and will soon begin providing broadcast services for Eutelsat customers.

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