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Lt. Gen. John Thompson on Phase 2 National Security Space Launch Competition

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said the service branch is in the process of assessing plans that were submitted in response to a solicitation for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch program, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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Deloitte Launches Smart Factory Fabric on Amazon Web Services to Accelerate Smart Factory Transformations

Deloitte announced on Monday that the company has launched Smart Factory Fabric, a pre-configured suite of cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications powered by Amazon Web Services, to accelerate smart factory transformations for companies with manufacturing operations.

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Kevin McAleenan Unveils New DHS Anti-Terrorism Framework

Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of homeland security, has announced his department's new strategic framework to address terrorism and targeted violence. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that its new strategic framework aims to understand the changing terrorism environment, prevent terrorists from U.S. entry and boost defenses of the country's infrastructure.

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Navy Lays Keel of New Littoral Combat Ship Savannah

The U.S. Navy has laid the keel of LCS 28 or the future USS Savannah, formally marking the start of the littoral combat ship's construction. The service branch said Friday that it laid and authenticated the ship's keel during a ceremony the same day at Austal USA’s shipyard in Mobile, Ala.

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Air Force Beta-Tests Mapping Tech With Drone

The U.S. Air Force's 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group and 9th Security Forces Squadron have partnered to test an artificial drone technology designed to map infrastructure. USAF said Saturday that the Hivemapper airborne video map program currently in beta testing at Beale Air Force Base in California works to record imagery and helps an unmanned aerial system to track change detection through visualization and analytic tools.

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Australia Commits to Support NASA’s ‘Moon to Mars’ Exploration Approach

The Australian government has pledged to collaborate with NASA on the latter's approach to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and to further explore deep-space destinations such as Mars. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to increase the Australian Space Agency's budget to support its commitment to the lunar exploration program called Artemis and the Moon to Mars campaign, NASA said Saturday.

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