Technology

Michael Kratsios: Agencies Should Conduct Trade-Off Analysis as They Adopt AI

Michael Kratsios

Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said government officials should analyze the trade-offs as they push the adoption of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Kratsios said the guidelines would provide agencies clarity on how to look at the benefits of those technologies and assess them. 

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GAO: Congress Should Define Central Leadership Role to Oversee Cyber Strategy Implementation

DHS

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on Congress to consider drafting a bill to designate a leader in the White House to oversee the government’s cybersecurity efforts including the implementation of the National Cyber Strategy. GAO identified 23 federal agencies responsible for cybersecurity improvement efforts and found that some agencies have developed initiatives.

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DoD, NASA Sign Agreement to Push Space Collaboration

Gen. Jay Raymond

The Department of Defense and NASA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further advance collaboration in space, DoD News reported Tuesday. The MOU was announced by Gen. Jay Raymond, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

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Army Continues Testing of Next-Gen Radio Platforms for NetModX ’20

Next-Gen Radio Platforms

The U.S. Army is continuing assessments of radio technologies as part of this year’s Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. According to Duvak, the Army plans to include the next-generation radio technologies for the service’s Capability Set ’23—a suite of tactical network systems slated for fielding in fiscal year 2023.

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CIA Labs Launched to Conduct National Intelligence R&D

CIA

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has inaugurated a new laboratory dedicated to performing research and development for national intelligence. CIA Labs will host in-house science and technology R&D and collaborate with other federal laboratories, industry and academia for various scientific pursuits, the agency said Monday.

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Updated CISA Federal Cybersecurity Strategy Directs Improved CDM Scores Through FY 2021

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an update to its action plan for strengthening federal cybersecurity in fiscal years 2020 through 2021. The initiative was led by Matthew Travis, the deputy director of CISA. CISA also cited evolving threat landscapes and limitations in cloud, network and encryption capabilities as challenges.

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Bipartisan Legislation to Drive Quantum Network Dev’t; Rep. Lee Zeldin Quoted

Quantum Computing

Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Bill Foster, D-Ill., have unveiled a bipartisan bill that seeks to drive the establishment of a quantum network in the U.S. The Quantum Network Infrastructure Act of 2020 will launch a national research and development effort that will speed up the implementation of quantum technology

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SAIC Names Sarjoo Shah as Program Management Director; Vishal Tulsian Quoted

SAIC Corp.

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has appointed Sarjoo Shah as program management director for the state and local health IT market. Shah brings more than 25 years of experience in government healthcare. He most recently served as chief information officer (CIO) for the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services.

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