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Michael Griffin: DoD Research & Engineering Office Makes 5G a Top Priority

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that 5G deployment is one of the technology programs being prioritized by his office, C4ISRNET reported Monday. “What we’re trying to do in the department with 5G is to make available our, broadly speaking, requirement set, whether it be depots or ports or airfields or autonomous vehicles or so on,” he told reporters at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala.

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CISA Director Chris Krebs: 2020 Elections Need Paper Ballots

Chris Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, spoke about the importance of backup paper ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections, CNN reported Friday. The paper ballot backups are necessary to perform audits that information technology is not capable of, he said during the DEFCON cyber conference that took place from Aug. 8 to 11. 

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Federal Government to Solicit Anonymous Info on Cyber Vulnerabilities

The federal government is testing the use of a portal through which ethical hackers would report cyber vulnerabilities in software, Cyberscoop reported Friday. Interested contributors would submit input via SecureDrop, an open source software that allows individuals to anonymously submit input such as information on cyber weaknesses.

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NOAA to Seek Info on New Earth Observation Concepts; Karen St. Germain Quoted

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to solicit for input on geostationary orbit and low Earth orbit observation next month, Space News reported Thursday. The agency will seek out information on instruments and missions that address findings of an existing study to establish a resilient, agile space architecture. 

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DARPA Seeks System to Produce Resources From Recycled Waste

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched an effort to develop scalable resource production systems that use military waste as base materials. The ReSource program aims to produce systems that convert waste into on-demand supplies such as chemical lubricants, food and water as needed, DARPA said Wednesday

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FEMA Tests National Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a national trial to test the Emergency Alert System, a service designed to notify U.S. citizens on national emergencies, Techcrunch reported Wednesday. The system reached radios and televisions across the country with the message “This is a test of the National Emergency Alert System.”

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Army Futures Command to Replace Common Access Card With New Tech

Army Futures Command is working to develop wearable technologies that would facilitate identity authentication for soldiers. AFC seeks to develop small tools for simplified identity-based authorization and access to networks, operating systems, weapon systems and various soldier-used devices, the U.S. Army said Tuesday.

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NASA Completes Hot Fire Test for Orion Service Module

NASA conducted a static fire test on Aug. 5 for the Orion's service module in a move to validate the performance of various propellant platforms, engine systems and related subsystems. The Orion's service module is built to provide the spacecraft's crew with power, in-space maneuvering capabilities and life support systems, NASA said Tuesday.

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DOE Announces Publication of Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor

The Department of Energy has announced its intent to develop an environmental impact statement to evaluate the creation of a versatile reactor-based fast-neutron source in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. DOE said Monday it invites industry to send comments on the scope of the EIS until Sept. 4 and plans to hold two webcast scoping meetings to further discuss the project. 

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