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USAF, University of Dayton Research Institute to Test C-130 Aircraft Sustainment Tech

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and University of Dayton Research Institute will perform various technology demonstrations with a decommissioned C-130 aircraft. Eglin Air Force Base completed the transport aircraft's delivery to UDRI’s headquarters on Wednesday, Wright-Patterson AFB said the same day. UDRI and teams from AFLCMC will use the aircraft to test technologies designed to reduce C-130 sustainment costs. 

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NRL Unveils UV-18 Twin-Engine Aircraft

The Naval Research Laboratory has introduced a twin-engine aircraft built to join the Scientific Development Squadron's air fleet. The UV-18 Twin Otter is an unpressurized high-wing aircraft designed to travel at maximum speeds of 190 miles per hour and reach an altitude of 13,000 feet on a six-hour flight, NRL said Tuesday.

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Hanscom AFB Teams Build New Tools to Improve F-35 Maintenance

Software developers from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts traveled to Nellis AFB in Nevada to introduce new apps to help airmen speed up maintenance of the service’s new F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Maintainers at Nellis AFB explored the new Autonomous Logistics Information System that tracks scheduled and unscheduled maintenance issues on specific aircraft and an entire fleet, the Air Force said Tuesday

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USMC Plans Use of New Multichannel Radios

The U.S. Marine Corps is looking to implement smaller handheld and man-packable multichannel radio systems with boosted situational awareness. The service branch said Tuesday that its new AN/PRC-158 radios would allow for simultaneous monitoring between two networks and accelerate the execution of operations. The new man-packable, multichannel radio is designed to cover a wider frequency spectrum than the previous AN/PRC-117G single-channel unit. 

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Sen. Josh Hawley Intros 2019 China Tech Transfer Control Act

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced a bill to exert more control on U.S. exports to China and admonish the latter for trade practices intended to exploit American technology. Hawley’s office said in a statement published Tuesday that the 2019 China Technology Transfer Control Act intends to prevent China from acquiring U.S. intellectual property to develop its military capabilities. 

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Army Secretary Mark Esper Urges Allies to Invest in Modern Warfare Tech

Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said the U.S. is asking allies to boost investments in new defense-applied technologies including hypersonics, directed energy and artificial intelligence, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. He said these new technologies are needed to deter China and Russia from being on top of the power competition.

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Trump Asks Congress for Additional $1.6B NASA Funding to Support Moon Mission

President Trump wants to give NASA an additional $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 to support the mission to return humans to the moon's surface by 2024, Reuters reported Tuesday. The request comes as the administration expects an increase for the costs of the lunar mission after Vice President Mike Pence announced a shorter timeline for the project, which was originally planned for 2028. 

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4th Space Operations Squadron Secures Access of AEHF-4 Satellite

The Space and Missile Systems Center handed control of a satellite unit to the 4th Space Operations Squadron during a ceremony on May 3. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency-4 satellite has received operability status from SMC and is slated to join the 4th SOPS' satellite constellation, the Schriever Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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Air Force Looks to Use Fast-Track ATO to Accelerate Cloud Migration

The U.S. Air Force expects the new streamlined process to secure the authorization to operate certification will allow the service to move up to 100 applications to the cloud in 2019, FCW reported Friday. Bill Marion, deputy chief information officer of Air Force, said the Fast-Track ATO pilot announced that it only takes six to 18 months to obtain a certification in March.

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IRS Needs Boost in Cybersecurity to Protect Taxpayer Data

The Government Accountability Office called on Congress to expand the authority of the Internal Revenue Service to monitor and coordinate third-party providers to secure sensitive financial and taxpayer information more effectively against cyber threats. Nearly 90 percent of people file their taxes every year using commercial software or a paid tax return preparer. GAO issued a new report on Thursday highlighting that IRS is failing to properly monitor its service providers to protect financial information.

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