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NNSA Manufactures Initial Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Unit

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration concluded the production of a U.S. Navy low-yield nuclear warhead missile. The NNSA said Monday that it has manufactured the first production unit for the W76-2 warhead at DOE's Pantex Plant facility in Texas. The W76-2 is an updated variant of the W76-1 platform and provides submarine vessels with sea-launched ballistic missile warhead capacities.

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Report: Incomplete Data May Affect How DoD Sustain Weapons Software

The Government Accountability Office found problems in how the Department of Defense monitors the costs of sustaining software for the military’s weapons systems, including aircraft, ships, submarines and missiles. In a report issued Monday, GAO said the Pentagon projects to spend an estimated $15B over the next five years for software sustainment. However, the government watchdog found the agency lacks data on the full costs, which could affect how it manages resources.

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AFRL Addressing Anti-Aircraft Threat Detection Needs

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working with the service branch's collection management division to automate the detection of ground-based anti-aircraft weapons. David Sobota and Capt. Yongjun Yoon of AFRL's sensors directorate are collecting signature data based on five of the Air Force Museum's anti-aircraft guns, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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Army to Further Involve Contractors in Enterprise Activities

The U.S. Army plans to implement enterprise-as-a-service as the initial step towards network modernization, with possible partnerships with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, FCW reported Friday. Col. Jeth Rey, director of operations at the Army's Cyber Command, said at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event that the branch's new network approach will involve more contractor services.
 

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Pentagon Eyeing Future Satellites Capable of Dodging Attacks in Space

The Pentagon wants to give future satellite constellations the self defense capabilities to avoid missiles or other satellite-based weapons during an attack in space, Defense One reported Friday. U.S. Air Force officials announced the plan during a recent event on Capitol Hill, saying the Department of Defense has begun introducing changes to satellite systems.

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NIH Seeking New Chief Data Science Strategist to Manage Growing Data

The National Institutes of Health is seeking a chief data science strategist to manage vast data and digital efforts for the agency, Federal News Network reported Friday. Andrea Norris, chief information officer at NIH, announced the effort at the recent AFCEA Bethesda Health IT day in Bethesda, Md. 

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DoD, Manufacturing Institute Sign Follow-On Partnership Agreement

The Department of Defense and a UI Labs-led consortium are entering into a possible $60M follow-on agreement to develop and integrate digital tools into manufacturing processes. DoD said Friday that it will provide $10M to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and may award an additional $20M over the next five years through a contract option.

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