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Navy Adm. Ron Boxall on Unmanned Surface Vessels, Future Frigates

Navy Adm. Ron Boxall, surface warfare director OPNAV N96, has said his goal for 2019 is to bring more weapons and sensors into the battlespace to enable larger combat ships to serve as command and control for smaller vessels, Defense News reported Wednesday. “If you think about what we are trying to do with the surface force, we have large and small surface combatants that will [ultimately make up part of the 355-ship Navy] but we have no requirement for unmanned surface vessels right now, which I see as an absolutely critical part of distributed lethality, distributed maritime operations environment that we are moving into,” Boxall said.

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DISA Releasing New Tools to Modernize Security Clearance Investigations

The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to deploy the next set of technologies to help the defense community modernize security clearance investigations by the end of December. DISA said Tuesday, it looks to unveil a new information technology system built by the agency’s National Background Investigation Services program office, an interface that connects background investigation systems and a position designation tool.

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DHS Preps Next Phase of Smart City, IoT Tech Initiative

The Department of Homeland Security plans to launch the second phase of an initiative that gathers industry and government experts to build Smart City and Internet-of-Things technologies for U.S. critical infrastructures and first responders.

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GSA Introducing Robotic Process Automation at Governmentwide Forum

The General Services Administration plans to hold a governmentwide forum on robotic process automation on Jan. 19 to discuss with federal employees the advantages of using machine learning technology across agencies, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The event will focus on “building, testing and deploying” RPA and addressing concerns that the technology might soon take jobs away from the federal workforce.

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John Edwards: CIA Should Update Tech Platforms to Expedite Data Collection, Analysis

John Edwards, chief information officer at the CIA, has said the agency should update its technology platforms and optimize its workforce to accelerate data collection and generate insights from gathered information, FedTech Magazine published Tuesday. “Increasing the edge over our adversaries, our operational advantage will be determined by the speed at which we sense, collect, ingest, condition, analyze and characterize data of the representative threat,” he said in his speech at the FedScoop Public Sector Innovation Summit held Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

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Navy Forms Logistics Squadron Assigned to CMV-22B Aircraft

The U.S. Navy has established a new squadron to handle the CMV-22B Osprey , a tiltrotor aircraft that provides logistics support across the service branch. The new Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron or VRM-30 would use the new aircraft designed for increased range, larger cargo, quicker loading/unloading, boosted communications and higher survivability compared to the previous C-2A model, the Navy said Monday.

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NIST Extends Comment Period for Privacy Framework RFI

The National Institute of Standards and Technology extended the deadline to submit written comments on a new framework to help the government better identify, assess, manage and communicate privacy risks. NIST is accepting public input on the RFI until Jan. 14, extending the original deadline of Dec. 31 to close the document, according to a notice on Federal Register posted Monday.

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House Lawmakers Boosting AI, Cyber Workforce in Gov’t, Industry in 2019

House lawmakers announced plans to improve the use of artificial intelligence and increase the government’s cyber workforce through new bills in 2019 that would provide funding and set standards in the public and private sectors, Federal News Network reported Monday. Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., said they want to increase coordination between the government and industry to explore and expand investments in AI technologies. 

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USMC Hosting Industry Event for Tactical Systems

The U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity is prepared to inform stakeholders on its goals and efforts during an upcoming industry event. MCTSSA said Thursday it will host its event, titled Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry, on Feb. 6, 2019 in Cap Pendleton, Calif. During the event, MCTSSA subject matter experts and leaders will brief participants on the service branch's goals, challenges and potential contracting opportunities. The technical briefs will cover a variety of topics including cybersecurity testing, cloud computing, wireless technology and systems engineering.

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