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DOJ, DHS Release Key Findings From Classified Report on Foreign Election Interference

Election Security

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a joint statement saying they found no evidence that a foreign government compromised election infrastructure to manipulate the 2020 U.S. federal elections. The joint document released on Tuesday includes key findings and recommendations from the classified report. 

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Army, Air Force Fund Quantum Computing Research; Sara Gamble Quoted

Quantum Computing

Researchers at University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered a new type of quantum error correction that could help advance the development of a fault-tolerant quantum computer, which could provide the military with data processing capabilities needed to fight in multidomain operations. “Efficiency is increasingly important as quantum computation systems grow in size to the scales we’ll need for Army relevant applications,” Sara Gamble explained. 

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USDA Needs Public Input to Inform Agriculture-Driven Climate Strategy

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks the public's input on a strategy that aims to address climate change through efforts in forestry and agriculture. USDA said Monday that it needs information on climate-smart agriculture and forestry approaches, bioproducts, renewable energy and wildfire. Interested parties may submit responses through April 30 via the Federal Register

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NSA to Hold ‘Science of Security’ Research Event in April

TIC 3.0 Use Case Guide

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Central Security Service will hold a research event focused on the implementation of principles to address fundamental issues in cybersecurity. NSA said Monday that  the Hot Topics on Science of Security event will take place from April 13 to 15 and include virtual plenary presentations and poster sessions through the Hopin and Gather.town platforms, respectively.

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Army Futures Command Tests Electronic Warfare Tech for Cyber Quest 2021; Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey Quoted

Electronic Warfare

The U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC) has concluded a 13-day exercise to assess the capacity of 15 technologies for applications such as offensive cyber, electronic warfare and tactical electromagnetic-spectrum operations. Cyber Quest 2021 saw assessments of the latest cyber technologies such as an Accenture-developed pattern recognition concept for manipulating digital signatures.

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Amentum Creates Innovative MBSE Collaboration Center To Benefit DOD Customers; Jill Bruning Quoted

Jill Bruning

Amentum announced Tuesday the creation of its Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Collaboration Center near Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The Center aims to create new digital engineering capabilities to benefit the Department of Defense’s (DOD) customer base in the application and practice of MBSE. MBSE training will allow engineers to work using a digital environment rather than traditional design documents. 

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Hanscom AFB to Roll Out Enterprise IT System to USAF, USSF; Col. Justin Collins Quoted

Enterprise IT System

Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) is slated to implement a consolidated service desk and catalog system that will support more than 700,000 users worldwide. The first wave of the Enterprise IT-as-a-Service (EITaaS) platform features integrated security management capabilities, automated compliance checks and regular hardware and refresh updates, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.

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Congressional Commission Recommends Stronger DOD Statement on Broader AI Adoption; Robert Work Quoted

AI Readiness

Robert Work, vice chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said the U.S. must integrate autonomy and AI into systems warfare to stay ahead of adversaries. Eric Schmidt, chair of NSCAI, added that the Department of Defense needs to have a stronger stance on large-scale AI adoption. 

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SPA Awarded DOD Contract To Assess U.S. Industrial Base; William Vantine Quoted

SPA

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) has been awarded an approximately $32 million five-year contract to support the assessments and investment program office within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (DASD INDPOL). The contract will require SPA to support the Department of Defense (DOD) to strengthen and protect the resiliency of the U.S. industrial base. 

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