Technology

AFRL Completes Service Life of Science Experiment Spacecraft; Michael Starks Quoted

DSX Spacecraft

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has concluded operations of a nearly two-year-old spacecraft designed to serve as a testbed for various science experiments. The Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft ended its service life on May 31st after 706 days of activities on orbit. 

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NSA Publishes Report to Boost Security of Call Processing Systems

National Security

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a document to help organizations protect call processing systems from cyber threats. The report, titled “Deploying Secure Unified Communications/Voice and Video over IP Systems,” provides guidance on the security of Voice and Video over Internet Protocol and Unified Communications systems.

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Julie Dunne: Federal Acquisition Security Council Could Help Government Address Supply Chain Risk

Julie Dunne

Julie Dunne, former commissioner of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), wrote in a commentary that the U.S. government should recognize the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC) and how it could help address supply chain security risks facing agencies. “The FASC presents an opportunity for a unified federal government approach in partnership with vendors to address supply chain risk in federal acquisitions,” she said.

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VA’s OIG Offers Recommendations to Improve Integrating Non-VA Records Into EHR System

Electronic Health Records

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) establish and implement standard operating procedures to improve scanning and indexing of non-VA medical records into the electronic health records system. The recommendations were made after the inspector general found that community care personnel did not always accurately encode non-VA records into the EHR system. 

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ITIF Report: Congress Should Establish National Advanced Industry and Technology Agency

Capitol Hill

A report by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based public policy think tank, recommends that Congress and the Biden administration create a national advanced industry and technology agency to oversee programs and policies meant to help the U.S. ensure its industry leadership. A Senate-confirmed director appointed by the president should chair NAITA, according to the report.

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Gen. Lloyd Austin: U.S. Must Invest in New Tech for Future Fight

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Defense Secretary and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient Gen. Lloyd Austin said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing the U.S. should put more money into technology research, deployment and repurposing efforts to confront China's pacing challenge. Austin told panel members that President Biden's $715 billion defense budget request for fiscal year 2022 would continue to fund traditional space, aircraft and shipbuilding programs at the Department of Defense (DOD).

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Veritone Awarded Patent For AI Model Orchestration Using Deep Neural Networks; CEO Chad Steelberg Quoted

Veritone

Veritone announced on Thursday that the company has been awarded a new U.S. patent for its Conductor technology that performs dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) model orchestration through the use of a proprietary deep neural network (DNN). Veritone has a significant funnel of pending patents and Patent No. US 11,017,780 is Veritone’s 14th U.S. awarded one. 

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House Representatives Introduce Bill to Establish National S&T Strategy; Rep. Michael Waltz Quoted

Michael Waltz

Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; Deborah Ross, D-N.C.; Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas; and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., have presented a bill to produce a strategy for the country's science and technology pursuits. NSTC and OSTP would quadrennially assess the U.S. science and technology scene and produce a corresponding national strategy, Space and Technology said Monday.

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Leonor Tomero: DOD to Review Missile Defense Approach

Leonor Tomero

Leonor Tomero, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, said the military will review its missile defense approach to address related, growing challenges. She told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces that the Department of Defense (DOD) will assess its strategies, technologies and policies that compose how the military defends against missiles of China and other adversaries.

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