DHS, RTI International, NYSTEC Ink Partnership Intermediary Agreements

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The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology (DHS S&T) directorate has signed partnership intermediary agreements with nonprofit organizations RTI International and New York State Technology Enterprise Corp. Partnership intermediaries work to provide counsel and support to educational institutions and small businesses. RTI offers bidirectional transfer of knowledge, resources, and technologies while NYSTEC performs technical support work for technology programs.

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Parsons, NJ TRANSIT Deploy PTC System to Increase Transit Safety; Chuck Harrington Quoted

Chuck Harrington

Parsons has announced that NJ TRANSIT (NJT) has completed the final deployment of its Positive Train Control (PTC) system, which will increase the safety of rail transit. "The team worked tirelessly through a global pandemic to ensure the safety of New Jersey's rail network," said Chuck Harrington, chairman and CEO of Parsons and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Northrop Grumman, NASA Complete Last Sunshield Deployment Test for James Webb Space Telescope

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation and NASA have successfully completed the final sunshield deployment test on the James Webb Space Telescope, the company reported on Friday. The successful test will prepare the telescope for launch in 2021. “The success of this important milestone demonstrates the rigor and dedication of the Northrop Grumman and NASA team,” said Scott Willoughby.

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA-USDA Partnership Aims to Transform Agricultural Production Through Earth Observations

Jim Bridenstine

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA will collaborate to explore the potential of Earth observation systems and other space-based technology to address agricultural research challenges. The partnership also seeks to address measures recommended in the 2017 Earth Science decadal survey report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Navy Uses AI, Data Analytics to Address Aircraft Readiness Issues

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Navy is working to improve the readiness of its aircraft fleet using artificial intelligence, data analytics and the concept of reliability control boards. Robert Smith, head of the reliability control board data analytics team at NAWCAD, told the network in an interview about the Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System and how it could help advance predictive maintenance using data.

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DoD Looks Into Networks for Signs of Breach Amid SolarWinds Orion Compromise; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an emergency directive directing all agencies to disconnect SolarWinds’ Orion Network Management products from their networks to mitigate a cyber vulnerability and to date, there has been no sign of breach in the Department of Defense’s classified and nonclassified networks, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

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Lt. Gen. Jim Slife: AF Spec Ops Command Needs to Change Mission Focus

Lt. Gen. Jim Slife

Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, who leads Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), said his organization will have to reduce its anti-terrorism missions or distribute some of the load to other forces within the U.S. military. Slife said the command will need to undergo this change due to an environmental shift in national security.

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Air Force Advances Human-Machine Teaming With AI Algorithm Aboard U-2 Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

A U.S. Air Force pilot flew with an artificial intelligence aboard the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft during a test flight held Tuesday, the service reported Wednesday. The AI algorithm, called ARTUu, was in charge of tactical navigation and sensor employment during a simulated missile strike as part of a reconnaissance mission.

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NASA, Canada Sign Partnership Agreement for Gateway Lunar Outpost


Canada's space agency has officially agreed to provide an external robotics system and execute other efforts for NASA's Gateway, an orbiting space outpost that will support lunar exploration missions. Canada will provide the Canadarm3 robotic arm and interfaces for robotic modules that would help Gateway personnel install instruments, NASA said Wednesday.

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NGA Issues Solicitation for Data Trustworthiness Proposals; Chad Files Quoted

Data Integrity

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) plans to award $300,000 in funds to technical proposals that seek to maintain the trustworthiness and integrity of data. Files added the project will support warfighters, analysts, decision makers and first responders. Awardees will be announced by April 2021. NGA has issued the solicitation via an other transaction authority procurement process.

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