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Will Roper Offers Updates on Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System, ‘Mad Hatter’ Program

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, addressed the recent developments in the service’s Mad Hatter program, which uses Agile software development to address issues with the F-35 aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System, during an interview published Monday with Defense News.

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DARPA Deploys SIGMA+ Chemical Sensor Network at Indy 500

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency fielded a sensor network to trace radioactive and nuclear materials during the Indianapolis 500 event. DARPA said Tuesday that its SIGMA+ platform networked chemical, radiological and biological threat sensors used by the Department of Homeland Security's Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to demonstrate its scaling functions.

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NSF to Invest in Quantum Technology Projects

The National Science Foundation plans to support research efforts to further explore quantum science in the technology areas of computing, communications, sensors and simulation, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association reported Monday. NSF will help selected research institutes address quantum-related scientific, technological, educational and workforce objectives under the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes program.

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Army Eyes Incremental Tech Insertion for Modernized Tactical Network

Army Futures Command has begun developing new technology platforms for insertion into the modernized integrated tactical network every couple of years starting in 2021, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. Col. Garth Winterle, program manager for tactical radios in program executive office command, control, communications-tactical, said the cross-functional team and the C5ISR center are collaborating to align all science and technology initiatives to incremental deliveries and make them “available for demonstration one to two years early.”

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GSA IG: Federal Acquisition Service ‘Ineffective’ in Administering Enterprise IT Modernization Contract

The General Services Administration’s Office of the inspector general released a report on Friday stating that the GSA Federal Acquisition Service’s ineffective contract oversight led to issues in the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions transition effort. The IG said that FAS failed to ensure that the Transition Ordering Assistance task order met the requirements for the EIS information technology modernization initiative. 

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Jacobs Completes Successful AA-2 Flight Test for NASA’s Artemis Moon Program; Steve Arnette Quoted

In support of NASA, Jacobs has completed a full-stress flight test of the Orion spacecraft’s Launch Abort System (LAS) amd verified that the system can steer the spacecraft and astronauts aboard to safety in an emergency, the company reported Tuesday

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Maxar Technologies Teams with West Virginia Robotic Technology Center to Work on Robotic On-Orbit Assembly Program; Mike Gold Quoted

Maxar Technologies announced on Tuesday that the company is teaming with the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) to build and fly “Dragonfly,” a trail-blazing robotic in-space assembly system, and support a wide variety of innovative capabilities contributing to science, exploration and commercial development.

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USDA Reports Fiscal 2018 Tech Transfer Achievements

The Department of Agriculture has released this year's report on its technology transfer efforts to address various issues affecting farmers, foresters and the rest of the agriculture field. USDA said Friday that its latest Technology Transfer Report lists 320 new innovations developed in USDA laboratories over fiscal year 2018.

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