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Navy on Schedule Towards F-35 Initial Operating Capability

The U.S. Navy is on schedule to declare initial operating capability for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in February, with no recent delays experienced, Military.com reported Friday. Strike Fighter Squadron 147, the branch's first operational F-35 force, recently completed a milestone on USS Carl Vinson, contributing to the anticipated IOC of the aircraft.

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Defense Innovation Board Eyes Ethical Guidelines for Use of AI in Warfare

The Defense Innovation Board plans to come up with a set of ethical guidelines with regard to the use of artificial intelligence on the battlefield, Defense One reported Friday. The board expects the guidelines to assuage concerns of potential Silicon Valley-based partners about the use of AI in military applications.
 

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GAO Lists 26 Biggest National Threats Based on Federal Polls

The Government Accountability Office identified the 26 biggest threats to the country based on input from the Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Interest reported Thursday. Among these threats are China, Russia, Iran, artificial intelligence, drones and the internet of things.

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DHS Helping FDA Cyber Secure Medical Devices

The Department of Homeland Security is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect connected medical devices from emerging cyber threats, Federal News Network reported Thursday. In October, DHS began using the medical device security playbook the FDA issued to guide the government and industry in protecting such technologies.

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Industry Experts Advise DoD to Increase Cyber Oversight in Supply Chain

Cybersecurity industry leaders, stakeholders and experts recommend the Department of Defense observe coordination with contractors regarding cyber issues more closely, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. This recommendation comes to address the cyber vulnerabilities of the military's supply chain.

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USAF, Navy Demonstrate Live-Virtual-Constructive Air Training

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents.

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Col. Greg Coile on Army’s Need for Resilient Communications in Contested Environment

Col. Greg Coile, project manager for tactical networks PEO C3T at the U.S. Army, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about the possible impact of not having a resilient communications network on troops operating in a contested environment. “If you had a platoon or a company that was geographically dispersed, you could lose their ability to communicate higher, lose their situational awareness, lose the ability to call for fires and to get support,” he explained.
 

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Heather Wilson: Air Force Pursuing Space Mission as Trump Pushes Space Force

Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, said the service will continue advancing its space capabilities amid the Trump administration’s push to reorganize the Pentagon and establish a Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. Wilson said the Air Force is working on programs and tactics to protect U.S. satellites from adversaries. 

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Feds See Major Progress Moving All Emails to the Cloud

The Trump administration’s latest progress report regarding information technology modernization shows that multiple federal agencies are making progress moving their email services to the cloud, FedScoop reported Friday. Nearly 66 percent of federal CFO Act inboxes are now in the cloud, according to the report on the President’s Management Agenda Cross-Agency Priority goal for IT modernization.

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