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CompTIA Signs National Deal to Certify Technology Workers

The Computing Technology Industry Association has agreed to certify 625K technology sector workers under a signed pledge with the White House. The organization said Monday it signed the pledge during a meeting with several administration officials such as Christopher Liddell, who serves as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

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Navy, NASA Partner to Develop Space-Tailored Visualization Tech

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, its partners and NASA are working to modify an existing diving visualization technology for space use. NSWC PCD and collaborators aim to space-tailor the existing Diver Augmented Vision Device, a head-up display system designed to provide users with high-resolution displays of sonar imagery, text messages, videos and other forms of media underwater, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

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Trump, Tech Industry Heads Discuss Huawei Licensing Issues

President Trump met with technology industry leaders on Monday to discuss a range of national security issues including plans to ease restrictions on U.S. sales to Huawei, Reuters reported Tuesday. Trump told participants such as the heads of Google and Cisco that the administration will issue “timely licensing decisions” as requested by industry. 

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Air Force Implementing Predictive Analytics to Cut Aircraft Maintenance Costs

The U.S. Air Force is rolling out a predictive maintenance capability that deploys data analytics to identify aircraft components that need repairs before a system failure occurs, Air Force Times reported Sunday. The service has already tested the CBM+ predictive analytics technique on its B-1B Lancer, KC-135R tanker and C-5M aircraft at 10 Air Force bases worldwide.

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Army Considers Autoloader for Extended-Range Cannon

The U.S. Army is looking to equip its extended-range cannon artillery system with an autoloader for increased fired rounds per minute and reduced personnel requirements, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Col. John Rafferty, director of the long-range precision fires cross-functional team, told reporters in Virginia that the service branch is assessing two different autoloaders: an industry-designed model and a government-designed model. 

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Reps. Suzan DelBene, John Katko Sponsor Bill to Address IoT Requirements

Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and John Katko R-N.Y., presented a bill supporting the growing use of internet of things devices. The IoT Readiness Act would task the Federal Communications Commission to provide lawmakers with data required to continue the development of IoT devices, Delbene's office said Wednesday

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USAF Tests Program to Train Airmen in Digital Fields

Air Education and Training Command has commenced beta testing of a program that aims to boost skills of airmen in digital technology. Project Nexus would task 18 airmen to study the topics of data science, software development or UI/UX design from July to November this year, the U.S. Air Force said Thursday.

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IRS, Security Summit Advise on Tax Data Protection

The Internal Revenue Service and partners from the Security Summit are asking tax professionals to rigorously review security measures used for protecting taxpayer data and related computers. The summit established a five-part checklist to help tax professionals analyze data security and ensure appropriate measures for protection, IRS said Tuesday.

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Federal CIO Council Forms Federal Mobility Group

The Federal Chief Information Officer Council has announced a new group to serve as an information sharing channel for mobile technology activities across the federal government. The Federal Mobility Group would facilitate cross-agency information sharing on mobile policy, guidance, mobile device and service procurement and federal mobility program requirements, the Federal CIO Council said Wednesday.

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA to Work With US Gov’t for Artemis Mission Budget

Jim Bridenstine, an administrator at NASA, said the agency is working to validate potential costs for the Artemis crewed lunar exploration mission, Space News reported Wednesday. Bridenstine noted that the mission will cost between $20B to $30B and expenses may reach below the said range depending on the amount of contributions from commercial firms.

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