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Carnegie Mellon, Army Research Lab to Focus on Artificial Intelligence Under $72M Agreement

Carnegie Mellon University and the Army Research Laboratory are working to study and develop advanced algorithms, autonomy and artificial intelligence applications under a five-year, $72M agreement. The university said Monday it will lead an academic consortium with other institutions to boost A4I artificial intelligence research and development for national security and defense applications.

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House Veterans Affairs Panel Seeking IT Experts to Monitor $10B Health Record Update

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee, said the panel faces challenges in hiring information technology specialists who will help lawmakers monitor the $10 billion electronic health record overhaul at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nextgov reported Monday.

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DHS S&T to Continue Feedback Period on Mobile Radio Testing Requirements

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate is extending the 30-day comment period for a planned set of testing standards that will allow interoperability for digital land mobile radio systems and standardized LMR components. The agency said Thursday that it will accept comments on a draft compliance bulletin under the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program through March 31.

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DARPA’s Valerie Browning: Agency Exploring Smarter AI Tools for Military

Valerie Browning, director of Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said DARPA will continue building smarter artificial intelligence-based tools to improve man-machine teaming across the Pentagon, Nextgov reported Friday. DARPA has launched the AI Next and AI Exploration campaigns to build technologies with human-like communication, logical reasoning and accelerate the application of machine learning in the field.

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Christopher Krebs: Critical Infrastructures, Election, Supply Chain Among CISA’s Priorities for 2019

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said the initial years of the newly-established agency will focus on protecting U.S. critical infrastructures and network, increasing stakeholder engagement and maturing the organization, CSO reported Wednesday.

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GAO: FTC Needs New Authority to Better Secure Consumer Data Online

The Government Accountability Office said the Federal Trade Commission needs a new internet privacy law that would expand the agency’s authority to protect consumer data from unfair and deceptive trade practices. A GAO report published on Thursday highlighted the outdated regulations that the commission uses to govern the collection, use and sale of consumers' personal information.

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Air Force Tests New Autonomous Flight Test System

The U.S. Air Force 412th Test Wing performed a three-day flight trial for a new system designed to facilitate autonomous aircraft testing. The Testing of Autonomy in Complex Environments system, develop by Johns Hopkins University, establishes links between an aircraft on auto pilot and an artificial intelligence computer, the service branch said Thursday. The computer sends autonomous commands to the aircraft that TACE gathers status information from.

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