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NRL Launches Plasma Sensor Experiment on SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft

The Naval Research Laboratory has deployed a plasma sensor platform aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft as part of the company's 17th cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE is built to track space weather conditions around ISS and detect potential hazardous charging levels for the station, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

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Pence Says 5G Network Can Boost Innovation for Space Industry

Vice President Mike Pence said providing expanded access to 5G spectrum across the U.S. could help accelerate innovation in the space industry, Breaking Defense reported Monday. He said at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C., that the Trump administration wants to use high speed connection “to give innovators in all industries access to spectrum you need to compete and win in global marketplace.”

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DARPA Unveils Scent-Based Technology for Mosquito Risk Reduction

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is in need of research teams for the development of a scent-based technology to lower mosquito attraction through the temporary alteration of skin microbiome. The four-year ReVector project seeks to repel mosquitoes through the mediation of skin microbiome interaction and body metabolites to reduce the instances of disease transmission, DARPA said Friday.

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AFRL Demonstrates Aircraft-Mounted Lasers Against Missiles

Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrated the use of a new high energy laser weapon against multiple targets during a test at White Sands Missile Range. The test unit of the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator shot down multiple missiles on April 23, marking a new milestone for the technology's development, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

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Army Applications Lab Developing Automated Tech for Coding, Budgeting Operations

The U.S. Army’s has created an innovation unit to work on two projects seeking to implement automated technology to simplify battlefield technical operations and quicken budgeting activities, FCW reported Saturday. Gen. John Murray, head of the Army Futures Command, announced after a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing that the Army Applications Laboratory is developing capabilities that will enable warfighters to code on the field to fix communications systems.

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DISA’s Global Video Services Enhances Collaboration Throughout DoD

The Defense Information Systems Agency is offering global video services to address the U.S. military's teleconferencing needs. DISA said Friday that its GVS technology allows users to communicate via video within both secret and non-secure internet protocol router networks. GVS is designed to accommodate a maximum of 1,000 desktop users simultaneously, and allow for connection and interoperability with conference rooms and legacy teleconferencing tools. Users may control GVS' video teleconferencing connections via endpoints. 

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Defense Innovation Board Report Looks at DoD’s Software Procurement Process

The Defense Innovation Board issued a report assessing the Pentagon’s software acquisition practices, the Department of Defense website reported Friday. The report focuses on three basic themes. The first suggests that cycle time and speed are the most essential metrics in software management. The second highlights the need to attract, retain and promote digital talent since “software is made by people and for people.”

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USSOCOM to Seek Industry Input for ‘Hyper-Enabled Operator’ Concept

The U.S. Special Operations Command plans to hold a “disrupter event” at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference on May 20 to 23 in Florida to discuss potential approaches to support its “hyper-enabled operator” efforts with industry, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Jim Smith, acquisition executive at USSOCOM, said the command wants to explore the areas of data, presentation and computation to build technologies and enables the warfighter as well as logisticians, medics and psychological ops personnel to receive and analyze information real-time in the field.

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Melanie Pustay: DOJ Accelerating FOIA Request Processing Through AI

Melanie Pustay, director of the Department of Justice’s office of information policy, said she believes artificial intelligence can help DOJ accelerate the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests, Federal News Network reported Friday. “I really think the future of FOIA is taking it to the next level and using artificial intelligence, and using software that can do things like group records together, either by concept or relationship, those kinds of software,” she said on the network’s Agency in Focus – Justice Department.

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Army to Issue RFI on Electronic Warfare Tech

The U.S. Army intends to release a market survey to seek for electronic warfare capabilities with extended range coverage, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. Kenneth Strayer, deputy program manager for electronic warfare and cyber at Program Executive Office-Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, said the notice will ask the industry follow-on questions on electronic warfare requirements and methodologies.

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