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HHS Pilots AI System to Determine Government-Friendliness of Services

The Department of Health and Human Services has adopted artificial intelligence to determine how government-friendly a solicited service can be, FCW reported Monday. Jose Arrieta, chief information officer at HHS, said the department constructed a neural network that has so far calculated correctly 86 percent of the time.

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Matthew Donovan: USAF to Reactivate 420th Flight Test Squadron for B-21 Program

The U.S. Air Force intends to reactivate the squadron that performed the pre-operational tests of the B-2 Spirit aircraft to support the flight test phase for the military service's future B-21 Raider bomber plane. B-21 prime contractor Northrop Grumman is building the test aircraft at a production facility in Palmdale, Calif., the Air Force said Monday.

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NRO, USSPACECOM Demonstrate Joint Space Defense

The National Reconnaissance Office and U.S. Space Command participated in an exercise to demonstrate space defense collaboration. NRO said Friday that it joined USSPACECOM and other members of the space community to exhibit cooperative space asset protection during the 13th Air Force Space Command Schriever Wargame.

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Treasury Dept Issues Sanctions to North Korean Cyber Actors

The Department of the Treasury has issued sanctions against North Korean cyber terrorists who have targeted critical infrastructure. These state-sponsored hacking groups, known as Lazarus Group, Andariel and Bluenoroff, have been working with the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a North Korean intelligence agency, the department said Friday.

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Army Launches UAV Tech Contest for University Students

The U.S. Army invites university students to submit concepts on unmanned aerial vehicles for a chance to win up to $35K, Army Times reported Friday. Wichita State University organizes the C3 Converge/Collaborate/Create Challenge that allows college and graduate students to pitch Army UAV ideas to defense and industry experts.

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DIU to Help Navy Adopt Predictive Maintenance; Mike Madsen Quoted

The Defense Innovation Unit is in talks with the U.S. Navy to implement the use of predictive maintenance in the service branch, FCW reported Friday. Mike Madsen, director of strategic engagement at DIU, said at a recent industry event that the unit and U.S. are planning to award a contract on predictive maintenance within fiscal year 2020.

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DOE Announces $110M Funding for Carbon Capture, Storage R&D Projects

The Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy has allocated a total of $110M in federal funding to aid various research and development projects focused on carbon capture, utilization and storage. 

DOE said Friday it selected 13 projects to receive approximately $75M through two funding opportunity announcements issued earlier this year and approved roughly $35M for cost-shared R&D projects under a new FOA. 

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